|Stadion Miejski we Wrocławiu|
|Municipal Stadium in Wrocław|
|UEFA Category 4 Stadium|
|Full name||Municipal Stadium in Wrocław|
|Location||aleja Śląska 1, 54-128 Wrocław, Poland|
|Coordinates||51°08′35″N 16°56′32″E / 51.14306°N 16.94222°E / 51.14306; 16.94222Coordinates: 51°08′35″N 16°56′32″E / 51.14306°N 16.94222°E / 51.14306; 16.94222|
|Opened||September 10, 2011|
|Owner||City of Wrocław|
|Construction cost||729,7 mln PLN|
|Record attendance||40,917 (Śląsk Wrocław - Wisła Kraków, 25 November 2011)|
|Field dimensions||105 x 68 meters|
|Euro 2012 Śląsk Wrocław|
The Municipal Stadium in Wrocław, Poland, (Polish: 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 capacity of 42,771 spectators, all seated and all covered.
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.
The 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.
The architectural concept also includes an outdoor promenade around the stadium, called the esplanade with a total area of 52 753 m². 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. The platform rises from the ground level at the first level of the stadium promenade, which is located at 5.44 m. Entrance to all stadium’s sections are located exactly on this level. The height of the stadium is 39.33 meters measured from ground level to the upper edge of the roof structure. Construction of the stadium consists of four buildings that are connected by two promenades (at the first and fourth level). All stands on the stadium are one-level with 56 rows. Four-level parking area for cars is located near the stadium.
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 are twenty multifunction and glassed 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". Each of them has its own access to a terrace platform with a width of about 2.5 m. Depending on the type of boxes, their capacity varies form 13 to 26 people, also they can be combined. Both standard VIP boxes and Incentive boxes have its own dedicated VIP seats located, in the immediate vicinity of the terraces.
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.There are 102 such seats on the stadium plus another 102 seats for caretakers. The stadium bars and restaurants are equipped with special-designated, lower countertops, make it easier for disabled people in wheelchairs to eating a meal. There are also 50 places for people who have vision problems. For the hearing impaired people a professional collector headphones to listening a match commentary are prepared. 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. 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. Section for visitor supporters is located in the south east stadium corner, marked as “Sektor X” and has a capacity of 3439 seats.
The roof of the stadium is partially glassed for provide increased natural lighting on the pitch. South side of the roof has a more glassed area than the north one.Under the roof there are two LED display screens hanged up. Each has dimension of 12,8 x 7,68 m. They are produced by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.
In official documents, the stadium is known as Municipal Stadium. It is likely that the arena will get a commercial sponsor in the near future, which will be chosen by the operator of the stadium. The operator of the stadium is a company named Wrocław 2012 owned by the city itself.
Near the east side of the stadium Ślęza River flows with Park Pilczycki located directly behind the river. On the west side of the stadium, aleja Śląska (“Ślask Avenue”) and A8 - Motorway (AOW) are located with Kąpielisko Glinianki lying in the immediate neighborhood. From the south stadium borders National road No. 94. About 1700 meters north of the stadium Odra River flows.
Distance from following places (in a straight line):
Currently, the stadium can be reached by different kinds of public transport. By buses: 103, 403, 435 and tram 31PLUS from the north side, and by the trams 3, 10, 20, 33PLUS, and bus 128 from the south side.
On the south side of the stadium, a transport interchange is situated, including a new train station called Wroclaw Stadion. A two-way railway line run at the zero level, while at the first level a tram line is prepared to connect the city center with Leśnica. The transport interchange is also available for vehicular traffic. A car park, city bus stop, bicycle paths and parking for cyclists are located there. A heliport is located on the eastern side of the stadium.
The following matches were played there during the tournament:
|Date||Time (CEST)||Team #1||Result||Team #2||Round||Scored|
|2012-06-08||20:45||Czech Republic||1:4||Russia||Group A||Václav Pilař Alan Dzagoev (2) Roman Shirokov Roman Pavlyuchenko|
|2012-06-12||18.00||Czech Republic||2:1||Greece||Group A||Petr Jiráček Václav Pilař Theofanis Gekas|
|2012-06-16||20.45||Poland||0:1||Czech Republic||Group A||Petr Jiráček|
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