Stadion Miejski im. Floriana Krygiera
|Clubs||Pogoń Szczecin SA|
|Inauguration||16/05/2021 (Pogoń Szczecin - Raków Częstochowa, 1-3)|
|Construction||11/04/2019 - 04/2022|
|Cost||PLN 364.4 million|
|Design||PPIP / Dedeco|
|Address||ul. Karłowicza 28, 71-899 Szczecin, Poland|
Description: Stadion Floriana Krygiera
The new home of Pogoń Szczecin is located in the Pogodno municipal neighbourhood, which is part of the Zachód (West) district. It is less than 3 kilometres from the city centre. The venue was built on the site of the former stadium that existed between 1925 and 2019. In fact, the very last piece of the old ground vanished in late 2020, as portions of the lower side were removed.
From the selection of the winning concept for the redevelopment of Stadion Floriana Krygiera in 2013, almost 6 years passed until the construction stage began. It was a turbulent time, during which the club and fans went against the city’s initial idea of preserving the stadium’s asymmetric layout with a large curve and open east end.
The vision of the arena was changed a few times in total. As a result, the investment turned out to be much more expensive than previously planned. It was seven times more after increasing the scope of works on the site, rising from under PLN 50 million to nearly 365 million.
Demolition of the two first stands began in April 2019. In order for Pogoń to continue to play at the stadium during its construction, the investment was divided into three stages. In the first one, a new west stand (former curve) and south stand were built, both resting on sloped land. They received an occupancy permit on December 30, 2020.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the two new stands were only partially opened on May 16, 2021, during the match against Raków Częstochowa. Only 2,123 spectators watched the game from new tribunes due to nationwide restrictions.
In the second phase, works are focused on the eastern stand (2021), and in the third stage, on closing the shape of the stadium with a new main stand from the north (completion at the turn of Q1 and Q2 2022) and associated corner.
Compact single-tier auditorium for 20,500 people is enclosed in a rectangular shape with a black mesh facade. The roof is covered with a light trapezoidal sheet, although the original plan assumed a dark membrane. This solution was abandoned due to the need to cut costs. Part of the canopy above the south stand is almost transparent to ensure sunlight access to the field. Elsewhere, both the roof and the facades are dark.
New main stand has five levels of facilities. There are dressing rooms for players, rooms for journalists, coaches and representatives of the Polish Football Association. VIP lounges, conference rooms and technical rooms are also situated there.
Lighting masts no longer tower over the neighbourhood thanks to floodlights built into the roof of the stadium. A youth training centre with five pitches was built around the facility. Ultimately, 850 parking spots will be created, part of them hidden within the stadium.