PGE Narodowy (Stadion Narodowy w Warszawie)

Capacity57 915
800 (VIP setas)
4600 (Business seats)
900 (Press seats)
106 (Disabled seats)
Country Poland
CityWarsaw
Clubs-
Inauguration 29/02/2012 (Poland - Portugal, 0-0)
Construction 05.2009-04.2012
Record attendance 62,000 (Poland - Serbia, 30/08/2014, volleyball)
Cost PLN 2.024 billion
Design JSK Architekci, GMP Architekten, SBP
Contractor PBG, Hydrobudowa Polska, Alpine Bau
Address Al. Księcia J. Poniatowskiego 1, 03-901 Warszawa

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Description: PGE Narodowy

Decision to build a new national stadium in the place of historic Stadion Dziesięciolecia was made in 2007. Many doubted the success of such move as previously authorities have been trying to close down one of Europe’s largest market places that was located at the ground for over a decade – with no results. However in 2008 plans came to fruition when the old bowl was destroyed with heavy machinery, allowing for some 14,000 piles to be installed in the ground, giving future venue stability in this wet ground next to Vistula’s bank.

Proper construction works started in May 2009 over a design proposed by Polish JSK Architekci and German GMP Architekten and SBP engineers. The vision was to deliver a ground reminding a wicker basket, associating it with traditional Polish craftsmanship. Behind the quasi-wicker facades double-tiered stands were supposed to accommodate 55,000 fans. However in the final design architects managed to fit in 58,145.

Apart from its form, the stadium has a very distinctive combination of retractable membrane roof and modular pitch, which allow it to function as a multi-event venue due to lack of proper football tenant. Since there will be only up to 4 games per year, the pitch rests outside the ground, awaiting assembly when needed. When not – concerts and other mass events can be held on regular basis. There is a significant corporate zone with 69 skyboxes and 4,600 business seats.

To make the stadium a viable investment, extensive surfaces for office and banqueting use were created as part of the infrastructure surrounding the stands. Overall the stadium offers 200,000 sqm of floor space. Under the pitch there was room for a two-storey parking for 1,765 cars.

Construction was supposed to take 2 years, ending in June 2011, a year before Euro 2012. However, the building was delivered with significant delay. Official opening took place on January 29th 2012, but only half of the stands were opened. Actual opening is therefore the Poland – Portugal friendly, played exactly a month later, on Feb 29th. That still didn’t mean construction is over. In fact, it did't end until late 2013 due to general contractors going bankrupt before reaching the end.

The stadium is used as home venue for Polish national team that play most official games here.

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