The Polish national football team has a new spiritual home in Warsaw. The new stadium, known in Polish as Stadion Narodowy, was built as part of Poland’s preparations for the Euro 2012 soccer championships. .
As the capital of Poland and the largest city in the country (with a population of over 1.7 million) Warsaw was the natural choice for the country’s showpiece stadium. The city has experienced a great resurgence since the fall of the iron curtain. Once part of a strict communist regime, the city is now a growing commercial hub which is helping to drive forward the economic development of Poland.
The new stadium was built in the site of the country’s previous national stadium: the 10th Anniversary Stadium (known in Polish as Stadion Dziesi?ciolecia). The new stadium has an impressive capacity of 58,145 for football matches and over 71,000 for concerts. It has been designed with a heavily patriotic influence: the faade looks like a waving polish flag.
The stadium was built to play a major part in the Euro 2012 soccer championships which Poland was awarded in a joint bid with the Ukraine. The new stadium was pencilled in to host the opening match of the championships, 2 of the other group stage games, one quarter final and one semi-final. As such, the stadium will be highly visible across the world while the championships are taking place – and onlookers are sure to be impressed with what they see.
Aside from the main stadium, the development has a host of other facilities. The most notable of these is an indoor 20,000 seat stadium capable of hosting a variety of sports events. The development also includes an aquatic park with an Olympic sized swimming pool which has a spectator capacity of 4,000. As with many large modern football stadium developments the complex also has a hotel and conference centre: these allow for improved hospitality packages and make for a lucrative extra revenue source.
The stadium is owned and was funded by the Polish national government rather than the city of Warsaw.
If you are looking to visit this impressive new stadium it may be advisable to find some nice accommodation in the city. You could search online and find a good deal on a hotel Warsaw. Perhaps you could even try to get your hands on tickets to see the stadium in all its glory, during even a sporting event such as Euro 2012, or one of the slew of high profile concerts that are sure to take place in the stadium.
Fiona Roy writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.