Stadion Miejski im. Floriana Krygiera
|Clubs||Pogoń Szczecin SA|
|Inauguration||16/05/2021 (Pogoń Szczecin – Raków Częstochowa, 1–3)|
|Construction||11/04/2019 – 09/2022|
|Cost||PLN 364.4 M ($ 81.4 M)|
|Design||PPIP / Dedeco|
|Address||ul. Karłowicza 28, 71-899 Szczecin, Poland|
Stadion Floriana Krygiera – stadium description
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.
In the second phase, work focused on the eastern stand, the development of which began in 2020. At the end of 2020, the old northern stand was also demolished, and in 2021, construction of the new main stand began in its place. The eastern part of the stand was made available to spectators for the league match against Lech Poznań on September 11, 2022. The opening of the northern stand, and thus the full inauguration of the stands, took place on the occasion of the match against Lechia Gdańsk on October 1, 2022.
Compact single-tier auditorium for 21,163 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.
Stadium of the Year 2022: Discover Stadion Floriana Krygiera
Our Stadium of the Year competition has officially begun and will run until 15 March. As many as 36 venues are on the list of nominated arenas this year. One of them is Stadion Floriana Krygiera located in Szczecin, Poland. Take a look at this candidacy and decide whether you want to vote for it in the contest for Stadium of the Year 2022!
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