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stadionwroclaw1The Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw, Poland, (Stadion Miejski we Wrocławiu) is the highest fourth category football (soccer) stadium built for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship. The Stadium is located on aleja Śląska in the western part of the city (Pilczyce district). It is the home stadium of the Śląsk Wrocław football team playing in the Polish T-Mobile Ekstraklasa. The stadium has a seating capacity of 42,771 spectators.[1] All places on the stadium are seated and roofed.

The Municipal Stadium in Wroclaw is the second largest arena in Ekstraklasa and the fourth one in the country.

Stadium construction began in April 2009 and was completed in September 2011.[2]

Stadium opening took place at 10 September 2011 with boxing fight between Tomasz Adamek and Vitali Klitschko for WBC heavyweight title. First football match between Śląsk Wrocław and Lechia Gdańsk was played on 10 October 2011. Śląsk won this match 1:0 and Johan Voskamp was first goalscorer on the new stadium.[3]

EURO 2012 Games

Russia vs Czech Republic: 8 June 2012, 8:45PM
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Stadium Concept

The winning architectural concept developed by JSK Architekci is called STADIUM-LANTERN. The distinctive shape was chosen to be easily recognizable and associated with a dynamic city.

stadionwroclawThe shape of the stadium is highlighted by the innovative design of its external walls. The building is covered by glass fibre mesh coated with teflon. The mesh is anchored by steel rings placed around the entire body of the stadium. The covering lends lightness and transparency to the massive structure. The colors of the external walls of the stadium can be changed using a sophisticated lighting system.

Concession stands are situated under the semi-transparent facade.

The architectural concept also includes an outdoor promenade around the stadium, called the esplanade. The esplanade grants access to the inside of the stadium from two directions. From the south, it leads under Lotnicza Street where an integrated Park&Ride plaza is being built with a tram stop, a train station, and an outdoor parking lot). From the north, the esplanade leads from the northern public transport interchange with tram and bus stops and a parking lot for buses.

The area surrounding the stadium and esplanade is landscaped and provided with benches to create a park-like space where people can relax or meet.

Functions and characteristics

The stadium is divided into a number of dedicated zones necessary for the proper functioning of a sport arena. VIP guests is allowed to under the rim of the stadium so that they can quickly reach the spacious VIP zone entry hall on Level 0 in the western section of the stadium. VIP fans is seated in close proximity to the playing field, and is separated from the teams' zone only by a glass wall.

Panoramic lifts and an open staircase grant access to the upper levels. A spacious and exclusively equipped Business Club is situated on Level 1. The Business Club is divided into three smaller rooms, each equipped with its own facilities. Each seat in the Business Club seat has its own internet connection.

On Level 3, there is twenty VIP boxes with a clear view of the pitch. Ten VIP boxes in the eastern stand is available for rental under the name "Incentive Boxes".

VIP seats is broken down into three sectors: gold, silver, and bronze, depending on their location and the view they offer.

The esplanade surrounding the entire stadium leads from the ground level to Level 1. Concession stands, first aid stations, police offices and rest rooms are located on the promenade. Seats for fans with disabilities are located in stands equipped with wheelchair ramps, and disabled fans are able to sit next to their caretakers. The new stadium is an arena without barriers. A Fan Shop is also located on Level 1. The shop offers merchandise such as scarves, T-shirts, mugs, and posters to fans of WKS Śląsk Wrocław.

The teams' zone is located on Level 0 in the western part of the stadium. Identical facilities for both teams are equipped with locker rooms, massage rooms, showers, toilets, coach rooms and warm-up areas. In addition, there is an indoor swimming pool. The teams' zone also contains rooms and areas for the medical staff, referees, children (including locker rooms), and UEFA delegates, as well as drugs testing facilities.

The media zone is located in the upper section of the western stand. Each seat meets FIFA/UEFA requirements and is equipped with power, telephone, internet and TV connections. Some seats have a foldable desktop. Seats for commentators have revolving chairs.

Transport

Currently, the stadium can be reached by different kinds of public transport. By buses: 103, 403 and 435 from the north side, and by the trams 3, 10, 20, 32PLUS, 33PLUS, and bus 128 from the south side.[4] A new tram line is currently under construction. The route leads through Gaj - Hubs - City center - Kozanów - Pilczyce - Stadium, and it will end north of the stadium.

On the south side of the stadium, a transport interchange is being formed, including a new train station called Wroclaw Stadion. A two-way railway line will run at the zero level, while at the first level a tram line will be built to connect the city center with Leśnica. The transport interchange will also be available for vehicular traffic. A car park, city bus stop, bicycle paths and parking for cyclists are currently under construction there.

Alongside the stadium is a motorway junction called Wroclaw Stadion connecting A8 highway with parking at the stadium. A heliport is located on the eastern side of the stadium.

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References

[1] a b WROCŁAW 2012 - NOWY STADION WE WROCŁAWIU

[2] "Stadion Miejski we Wrocławiu". stadiony.net (stadiony.net). Retrieved 2011-12-04.

[3] "Udane otwarcie stadionu Śląska". qmichal (90minut.pl). Retrieved 2011-12-04.

[4] http://www.wroclaw.pl/rozklady_jazdy.dhtml


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