Stadion MOSiR Bystrzyca (Stadion Motoru Lublin)
|Clubs||RKS Motor Lublin, TŻ Lublin|
|Renovations||1961, 2007, 2012|
|Record attendance||30,000 (II liga, Motor - Resovia Rzeszów, 19/06/1983)|
|Address||Aleje Zygmuntowskie 5, Lublin|
Stadion MOSiR Bystrzyca – stadium description
In early years of its existence the stadium at Zygmuntowskie Avenues wasn't intended for football at all. When initiating its operation in 1948, it was a landfill surrounding motorcycle speedway racing track. Terracing was added later and all work was initiated by the Lublin Motorcycle Club. The team has collapsed in 1958, however, due to insolvency. With no resources for professional speedway, the stadium was closed indefinitely.
In 1961 it was taken over by RKS Motor, now commonly known simply as Motor Lublin, and reopened in August of that year, following renovation works. A year later regular season of speedway was hosted at the stadium, celebrating Motor's speedway section being established.
First football came followed no sooner than 1970, which is when Motor's football team moved here from their old stadium at Kresowa St. That began a long 3 decades of both speedway and football holding tenancy here.
With Motor's decent level in speedway, the venue was host to numerous top-tier races and in 2013 even the prestigious Poland vs. World Champions game was held here, including some of speedway's biggest stars.
The stadium also became a part of Polish football history during the period, with Motor reaching the top division in 1980s. In 1983 their victory over transregional rivals Resovia drew 30,000 people inside. Also, in 1979 the stadium was selected as host of the Polish Cup final between Arka Gdynia and Wisła Kraków.
Following regime change in Poland, the stadium suffered from underinvestment, like most major venues across the country. In 2007 a redevelopment scheme was approved but it never took off, despite supporters of Motor carrying out voluntary works themselves. A major temporary renovation was dated for 2018-2019, seeing the speedway team's promotion to Ekstraliga.
The city of Lublin decided in the meantime to build a football-specific stadium in a different location, meaning this ground is once more speedway-only. And yet, in 2018, return to the 2007 plan was announced. Reconstruction should begin in 2020.
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