Poland: Contract inked for new arena in Płock

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Poland Płock new stadium update Nov 2019 Image: Mirbud SA

Wisła Płock – the Polish football and handball club based in Płock, Poland – is going to get a new stadium soon. The city of Płock officially signed on the dotted line – design+build contract for a new 15,000+ stadium.

The development – which is taking place in a phased manner – is expected to conclude in late 2022. Wisła Płock’s contender is Ekstraklasa – the top Polish professional league for men’s association football teams.

StadiumDB.com reports that last month, just before the evening match between Wisła Płock and Lech Poznań held at Stadion im. Kazimierza Górskiego – the multi-use stadium in Płock – the Mayor and representatives of MIRBUD SA inked the deal to design and build a brand new football stadium around that very field.

MIRBUD SA has been operating in the construction market in Poland for over 30 years.

Before the signing of the contract, the whole tender process has been extremely long and taxing, launched way back in September 2018. The moment of signing marks the start of a 36-month-long countdown to delivery of the brand new venue.

A longer time-frame has been visualized to allow sufficient time for design and construction in a phased manner. The new facility will be built portion by portion around the field, so that the field will be available for league football.

StadiumDB.com further reported that Mirbud will receive PLN 166.5 million (€38.5m) for the job. The money to build the arena is likely to come solely from the city’s own resources. The budget for next year envisages spending PLN 37.5 million on the project, making it Płock’s largest single pay out.

In order to pick up the tab, the city will have to provide even more in the following two years, which might force the authorities to consider additional debt. Despite repeated pleas from local authorities, major Polish oil refiner and petrol retailer PKN Orlen has officially refused to participate in the project.

Plock’s largest company contend that by paying over 150 million in taxes, it is already indirectly partaking in the project. Moreover, as the venue and the club are owned by the city, stiff Polish law almost makes it impossible for a governmental entity like Orlen to invest in such property. However, once the stadium is ready to go on stream, Orlen sees a possibility in the naming rights deal. If that happens, it will allow the city to retrieve a portion of the cost.

The new stadium will be able to fit in 15,004 people on a continuous, covered tier of seating. It’s expected to respond to UEFA Category III requirements.

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