|Clubs||Lechia Gdańsk S.A.|
|Construction||06.2009 – 18.07.2011|
|Cost||864 mln zł|
|Contractor||Hydrobudowa Polska- Alpine Bau|
Description: Polsat Plus Arena
When it was first show as renderings in 2006, the concept received massive interest. some were predicting it will become a real gem, others claimed something as good as this cannot be built in Poland. The venue designed by German Rhode Kellermann Wawrowsky was to resemble amber of which Gdansk is famous. With the external bowl hiding stands for 44,000 spectators.
Final location chosen was a rather poor district of Letnica. The ground was to stand in place of private gardens, but as the process of acquiring the many small plots of land was getting longer, many doubts started to appear. Thankfully neither Polish organizers, nor UEFA haven’t abandoned Gdansk for Krakow or Chorzow. Finally construction started in mid-2011 and was to end in April 2011. Opening had to be postponed by 3 months, forcing a Poland-France friendly to be moved to Warsaw. But this was it – in mid-July the venue was officially ready.
Lechia Gdansk took over as the arena’s manager and was supposed to run it for the next decade. However poor sporting results triggered falling attendances and to add to that the corporate clients were almost non-existent with no large scale non-sporting event happening. Thus the municipality stepped in and now manages its own stadium.
Euro 2012 games:
|Spain - Italy 1:1||38,869||10.06.2012 18:00||Group C|
|Spain - Ireland 4:0||39,150||14.06.2012 20:45||Group C|
|Croatia - Spain 0:1||39,076||18.06.2012 20:45||Group C|
|Germany - Greece 4:2||38,751||22.06.2012 20:45||Quarterfinal|
Average attendance: 38,961
Gdansk: Stadion Energa going all-LED before UEL final
Though still not even a decade old, Stadion Energa will undergo a major technological upgrade ahead of this year's UEFA Europa League final. In order to save on energy and maintenance cost, the stadium switches to all-LED lighting.
Their Euro: Michał (5)
We end this mini-series with the story of Michał who went to 6 out of 8 stadia of Euro 2012. whenever he can, he also goes around Poland with his club Śląsk. Though on a daily basis he goes everywhere on a wheelchair.
Their Euro: Mladen (2)
Came from Rijeka to help Croatian supporters as a Fan Embassy volunteer. But at one point he himself needed help as police arrested him and since they didn’t speak English, explaining anything was hard. But despite that he fell in love with Gdansk and wants to come back.
Euro 2012: All-time attendance record confirmed!
In total, Euro 2012 games were seen by some 1,440,000 people. Even keeping in mind that some sold tickets went unused, this is a very impressive figure. Euro 1996 record has been beaten by over 200,000 people.
Euro 2012: Stadia filled beyond capacity, but seats left empty
One day before the final, tickets are again on sale. In previous fixtures thousands of seats were left empty even if declared attendance stood at 99%+. How about more transparency, UEFA?
Euro 2012: All group games nearly sold out
One could see empty seats inside the stadiums during Euro 2012 group phase, but all venues have so far had average attendance of over 90% of their capacity.
Euro 2012: Over 1,000,000 people – record broken, new one to come
Most previous Euro hosts have been working on results like these until semifinals or even final game. Meanwhile yesterday’s last group games brought total number of spectators to over 1 million people. Poland and Ukraine would have to witness a disaster not to set a new Euro record of attendance.
Gdansk: Pitch in perfect condition
After Spanish national team gave negative comments regarding the pitch, UEFA representatives reviewed its quality. Results show grass is perfectly as required in terms of humidity, which was Spain’s main concern.
Poznan: Court announces Hydrobudowa and PBG’s bankruptcy
District Court of Poznan proclaimed one of the largest stadium contractors in Poland bankrupt. Now Hydrobudowa and mother company PBG have over 18,000 liabilities to pay off – Polish press agency PAP informs.
Euro 2012: Poland and Ukraine going for attendance record!
Only in the first round of the group phase 356,000 people came to 8 stadia of the tournament. That means so far attendance is highest since the introduction of individual seats and 16-team format.
Gdansk: Spain considering protest over pitch quality
Reigning World and European champions criticize quality of the pitch which supposedly was a factor leading to only a draw against Italy. Lawn is said to be too dry, which may cause official protest to UEFA – Associated Press reports.
Gdansk: Public transport a success on opening day
Spain vs. Italy sold out and one out of two spectators arrived by train. They’re fast, quite comfortable and free for all. Hard to imagine Gdansk authorities initially didn’t plan a railway line to the stadium – Trojmiasto.pl writes.
Euro 2012: Pick up your Fanguide
If you’re using the web to prepare for Euro 2012 excursions, we recommend our database and Venue Guide. But if you find yourself in the streets and need assistance, pick up a Fanguide 2012 from your nearest Fans Embassy.
Euro 2012: Why some aren’t all too enthusiastic
The closer to the event, the more signs of discontent about Poland hosting Euro 2012. Though most people are still happy about it, it’s worth knowing why others aren’t.
Euro 2012 Venue Guide just for you!
Not all of us have tickets, not everyone is even planning on taking the trip to Poland and Ukraine. But for those who plan we prepared some helpful tips on host-cities. For those without a plan, it's still not too late!