National Stadium Warsaw
|Inauguration||29.02.2012 (Poland - Portugal, 0-0)|
|Record attendance||56,826 (Poland - Greece, 08.06.2012)|
|Cost||1,915 mld zł|
|Design||JSK Architekci, GMP Architekten, SBP|
|Contractor||Hydrobudowa Polska, Alpine Bau|
Description: PGE Narodowy
Already in 1990’s Polish authorities had one major problem within Warsaw’s urban space – Stadion Dziesięciolecia. A defunct venue that used to host largest events was transformed into the largest marketplace in Europe with immense illegal trade taking place. Governments were changing, but the place was untouched until Poland won the right to host Euro 2012.
Initial renderings shown to UEFA looked nothing like the final outcome, but this time (there were several attempts to redevelop the stadium) it became obvious things have to change. International design competition ended with JSK Architekci and GMP Architekten getting the job with their proposal of a stadium resembling a wicker basket in Polish colours – a very obvious national symbol. After controversies about the concept being too similar from the outside to Cape Town Stadium it was slightly changed and ready for construction.
Works started in May 2009 and were due to finish in mid-2011, but in the end the ground wasn’t ready until April 2012. The cost raised unprecedented controversies as final budget of the project exceeds 2bln zloty (app. €460m), making it one of the most expensive venues ever built, even if not matching top of the list.
Euro 2012 games
|Poland - Greece 1:1||55,826||08.06.2012 18:00||Group B|
|Poland - Russia 1:1||55,920||12.06.2012 20:45||Group B|
|Greece - Russia 1:0||55,605||16.06.2012 20:45||Group B|
|Czech Rep. - Portugal 0:1||55,590||21.06.2012 20:45||Quarterfinal|
|Germany - Italy 1:2||55,540||28.06.2012 20:45||Semifinal|
Average attendance: 55,896
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.
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?
Poland: Euro 2012 ends, but work at Warsaw’s stadium goes on
Officially finished, officially opened, officially operational. Unofficially work goes on installations inside National Stadium in Warsaw. When “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” journalists found out, the operator of the ground pretended nothing is happening. But something is, apparently.
Euro 2012: Warsaw pitch in need of repair, Poznan and Wrocław to keep their grass
On Thursday Portugal and Czech Republic weren’t allowed onto the pitch ahead of their quarterfinal game in Warsaw. Condition of the pitch is alarming and parts of it will be relaid. It’s quite the opposite in Poznan and Wroclaw whose part in the tournament is over.
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.
Warsaw: National Stadium to change name before Euro 2012 ends?
Poland’s largest stadium should bear the name of Poland greatest coach – claims Ireneusz Raś, head of Sports Commission. Giving Kazimierz Górski patronage should be voted on tomorrow.
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.
Euro 2012: UEFA not to close Warsaw’s roof any more
After complaints on heat and humidity under closed retractable roof on Friday, UEFA decided not to use this feature any more, unless unexpected weather conditions force them to.
Warsaw: Contractors pick investor to pieces
Companies behind the Warsaw National Stadium claim public authorities are manipulating data not to show that the construction cost hundreds of millions more than predicted. National Sports Center (NCS) supposedly has no budget reserves to cover costs and has been hiding it for months – report by “Rzeczpospolita”.
Warsaw: Largest game of that kind
Euros have already been played at stadiums with roof covering the pitch. But never before was the attendance as high as in Warsaw’s opening game of Euro 2012. Crowd yesterday stood at 56,826 people.
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.
Warsaw: National Stadium is (literally) killing contractors
Polish construction industry was supposed to grow thanks to Euro 2012. Meanwhile one of the largest developer groups is falling apart and Warsaw's National Stadium is the direct reason to it.
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!
Euro 2012: Some facts about opening ceremony
On June 8th some 150 million people are expected to watch Warsaw’s opening game of the tournament. What will precede it is a brief ceremony promoting the hosts and guests.
Warsaw: Here comes the Euro 2012 pitch
Last parts of the pitch were laid inside Warsaw’s National Stadium on Saturday. Now grass needs a week to gain strength and will be ready for June’s 7th training sessions that will precede Euro 2012 opening game the following day.