Stadion OSiR w Kaliszu
|Clubs||KKS 1925 Kalisz|
|Inauguration||10/03/2018 (KKS Kalisz - Bałtyk Gdynia, 2-1)|
|Cost||PLN 37.7 million|
|Contractor||Novum Management, Saltex Europa|
|Address||ul. Łódzka 19/29, 62-800 Kalisz|
Stadion KKS-u Kalisz – stadium description
The old Calisia stadium was built back in 1950s and served the club since then until the dissolvement of its football section. It was the venue of numerous major football games, including the Polish Cup final in football of 1981. With age, however, its dilapidating infrastructure proved insufficient for Calisia and complete redevelopment proved impossible to avoid.
First phase began in December of 2011 and included demolition of the old main stand and erection of its successor, as well as new administrative building incorporated into it. With just 1,523 people it was a relatively small stand, however offered significant floor space of 1,300 square meters. In 2012 it was followed by first ever floodlight masts.
Further works were initially planned for 2013 but funding proved insufficient and forced delay in planning. Eventually reconstruction of the second side was launched in 2016. The outcome is an uncovered stand of 4,807 seats and a smaller upper tier on top, with 1,436 covered seats. Also, a brand new running track and anciliary athletics infrastructure was created. Interestingly, the project prompted a replacement of the 4-year-old floodlighting.
The resulting stadium is modern, however architecturally mismatched, created from two different concepts for each side. The administrative building in the west, while eastern upper stand offers additional facilities, mainly of technical and sanitary use. The north curve also hosts a 400-capacity away section.
Infrasturcturally the venue is able to host domestic athletics events of up to regional level, somewhat below expectations. In football terms it serves as home to KKS Kalisz both for games and training sessions.