PGE Narodowy (Stadion Narodowy w Warszawie)
|888 (in skyboxes) (VIP setas)|
|4,684 (Business seats)|
|248 (Press seats)|
|111+111 (Disabled seats)|
|Inauguration||29/02/2012 (Poland - Portugal, 0-0)|
|Record attendance||65,407 (Poland - Serbia, 24/08/2017, 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|
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.
Warsaw: National Stadium extends its partnership with PGE
The PL.2012+ company, the operator of PGE Narodowy, extended its strategic partnership with PGE Polish Energy Group. The naming rights deal has been signed for the next 5 years.
Warsaw: Kazimierz Górski will be the official patron of PGE Narodowy
Thirteen years ago, the construction of the largest stadium in Poland began! Over 100 special and transport units and nearly 200 employees appeared at the present PGE Narodowy stadium. Today, the operator informs that Kazimierz Górski will be the official patron.
Warsaw: Narodowy in the red first time in years
Poland’s national stadium has recorded the worst financial result in a long time, plunging into loss for the first time in 5 years. This season should be better but only to some extent.
COVID-19 crisis: Poland converting Narodowy into field hospital
The largest stadium in Poland could become Warsaw's main temporary hospital by the end of the week, solely for COVID-19 patients. First it would hold some 250 people, later could be expanded to 1,000.
#MisjaStadion: 100 stadiums for centenary of independence!
At first we thought it's simply impossible. Now we're ready to go and launching #MisjaStadion. Why the Polish hashtag? Because we're about to add or update 100 Polish stadiums by year end!
Poland: Another dark side of Polish Cup Final
While most of the media attention is focused on dangerous use of pyrotechnics, there's a situation sadly missed by mainstream media. It's the critical congestion behind the north end of the stadium, which left several people unconscious.
Poland: Same old, same old at Cup Final
It's one of Europe's most spectacular games in the stands, but Polish Cup final is also a fixture marred by incidents that should never have happened. Once more, both the good and bad was on show in Warsaw.
Poland: Safe standing just one step away
After two years we're finally just a step away from safe standing being legal in Poland. Supporters should expect the law to go into effect before year end!
UEFA: Who gets the 2019 club finals?
15 national associations expressed interest in hosting of the 2019 finals. Champions League, Europa League, Women’s Champions League and Super Cup will be decided among 19 stadia!
Poland: Narodowy could get a major boost
Up to $260 million could be spent on additional infrastructure around Warsaw’s PGE Narodowy, including a new indoor arena, skyscraper and congress centre.
Poland: High cost of pyrotechnics and vandalism at Narodowy
Polish Cup Final saw remarkable choreographies in the stands, but also hooliganism. Now The stadium operator revealed costs of cleaning and repairs. It’s almost $80,000.
Poland: Bittersweet show at Narodowy
Beautiful choreographies during Polish Cup final got overshadowed by a group of radicals throwing pyrotechnics onto the pitch. Not exactly the kind of event organizers were hoping to deliver.
Poland: Supporters design better law than the MPs
It’s not a joke, though we couldn’t believe it ourselves. Polish federation of football supporters announced their grassroots plan to amend current stadium safety legislation. In the best way possible.
Forum Seating: Comfort for sports fans
Polish chairs are becoming more and more popular across Europe – after the very successful implementation at the Hungarian Groupama Aréna, further projects were only a matter of time. Nowy Styl Group has already supplied the Abacus chairs to the Grand Stade stadium in Lyon and to the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice where European Championship 2016 will be held.
Poland: Narodowy out of the red, as planned
Poland’s national stadium will end 2015 with a profit. Small, but crucially important one. 5 million people visited the arena over the last 3 years, making it a top leisure destination.
Paris attacks: Stadiums around the world “turn French”
As night falls, numerous landmarks across the globe set their illumination to blue, white and red. Here are the sports venues among them.
Warsaw: Another record for Narodowy’s winter park?
Poland’s largest indoor winter park will open its doors in late November. Stadion Narodowy’s operator managed to make the most out of the supposedly off-season.
Euro Qualifiers: England, Poland and Germany on top
Perhaps surprisingly, the three most-supported national teams during Euro 2016 qualifiers were England, Poland and Germany. In that order! Italy and Spain left well behind, while Austria strived.
Warsaw: Narodowy signs naming rights deal with PGE
Polish energy provider PGE agreed terms with Stadion Narodowy. The new naming rights contract may be largest for any Polish stadium so far.
Warsaw: Time for Champions League final in Poland?
No, not really. But more seriously: it’s not impossible for Warsaw to hold another cup final in upcoming years, this time even the more prestigious one.