Euro 2012: Guide to the Stadiums in Poland & Ukraine

Jack Alexandros RathbornContributor IIIOctober 20, 2011

Euro 2012: Guide to the Stadiums in Poland & Ukraine

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    Euro 2012 is less than a year away and the pressure is on for the Polish Football Association (PZPN) and the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU).

    There have been many stories in the press around Europe that the stadiums were behind time and that they were struggling to meet UEFA's strict regulations.

    President of UEFA Michel Platini will be anxious, given that part of his legacy to International European football is that he promised to spread the wealth by allowing new nations to host the European Football Championship.

    There will be four host cities per country with Kyiv, Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lviv representing Ukraine. Warsaw, Poznan, Gdansk and Wroclaw host the games in Poland.

    Here is a preview of the grounds that will play host to next summer's showcase event.

Poland: The National Stadium, Warsaw (Stadion Narodowy)

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    With a population of 1.7 million, Warsaw is the capital and largest city in Poland. The new project built on top of the former stadium Stadion Dziesueciolecia will be able to seat 58,145.

    It will host the opening game of the tournament.

    The entire project that includes an Olympic swimming pool, a 15,000 capacity sports auditorium and a shopping mall came to a total cost of £436 million.

    It will be well linked with an overground train station and a metro stop to connect fans with the city centre. It has already received wide spread criticism with three fatalities in two separate incidents due to construction errors.

    The finishing date has been delayed until November 29th.

Poland: PGE Arena, Gdańsk

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    Gdansk is situated on the Baltic Sea and will be one of Poland's select host cities with a spanking new stadium.

    The PGE Arena will be located in the Letnica district of the city. The project cost a total of £153.5 million and can host 44,000 fans.

    The stadium is finished and has already hosted games including Poland vs. Germany on September 6th, 2011.

    Polish Energy Group (PGE) purchased the naming rights for the stadium for a total of £6.9 million.

Poland: Municipal Stadium (Stadion Miejski), Wroclaw

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    Wroclaw is the fourth largest city in Poland with a population of 632,996. It's situated close to the border of the Czech Republic.

    The new stadium that opened on September 10th will have a capacity of 42,771.

    The stadium has innovative architecture with the outside being covered in glass fibre mesh that is then coated with teflon. This allows the colour of the walls to change with a sophisticated lighting system.

    It has already hosted a non-sporting boxing bout between WBC champion Vitali Klitschko and Tomasz Adamek.

    After the tournament the club WKS Slask Wroclaw will become the regular tenants.

Poland: City Stadium (Stadion Miejski), Poznan

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    The City Stadium is in Poznan, situated in the East of the country towards Germany.

    The city has a population of 556,000 and is the home of two domestic clubs, Lech Poznan and Warta Poznan. Both inherited the tenancy of the stadium in 2010.

    Due to the steep-sided stands, the pitch owners have expressed concern about the lack of light accessible to the grass. It could result in the clubs requiring a new pitch several times a year.

    The reconstruction of the original stadium cost £140 million.

Ukraine: Lemberg Stadium, Lviv

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    Lviv, in the far East of Ukraine close to the Polish border, is currently host to a new, as of yet unnamed stadium for Euro 2012.

    For construction purposes, it is known for the time being as the Lemberg Stadium. Still unfinished, it cost a total of £74 million.

    It will have an eventual capacity of 34,915 and should have been finished by July this summer.

    The city has a population of 760,000 and its club Karpaty Lviv plan to inherit the stadium after the tournament.

    It is said to be awaiting final inspection and could be commissioned on October 25th.

Ukraine: Oblast Sports Complex (Metalist Stadium), Kharkov

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    The Metalist Stadium is in Kharkov, a city based in the far east of Ukraine close to the Russian border. Kharkov has a population 1.45 million and is 400 miles south of Moscow.

    The new stadium will have a capacity of 38,633 and will be the long term home of the club Metalist Kharkiv.

Ukraine: Donbas Arena, Donetsk

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    The Donbas Arena in Donetsk is the home of Champions League club Shakhtar Donetsk. The stadium opened in 2009 and has a capacity of 51,504. The total project cost £262 million.

    Donetsk is situated near the Sea of Azoz and the Russian border and has a population of almost 1 million.

    ArupSport designed the stadium and were also responsible for Manchester City's Etihad Stadium, Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena and the Olympic Stadium in Beijing, China.

Ukraine: Olimpiysky National Sports Complex, Kiev

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    The Olympic National Sports Complex in Kiev will be the host for the final of Euro 2012.

    Kiev is in the north of Ukraine close to the Belarusian border. It is the country's capital with a population of 2.8 million.

    The new stadium has a capacity of 70,050 and was officially opened on October 8th by President Viktor Yanukovych.

     

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