Poland National Stadium back on feet


Poland stadium reopens Image: PGE Narodowy

On November 10th, an inspection was carried out of the retractable roof football stadium PGE Narodowy in Warsaw, Poland. At that point of time, a serious roof flaw was detected which was a major cause of peril for the community living in and around the venue premises. A decision was taken to close the stadium until further notice and all events were canceled. The stadium designers and contractors were consulted and repair work started pronto.

‘POLAND POSTS ENGLISH’ stated that the stadium partially reopened on December 16th. The ‘roof flaw’ came to notice after a routine technical review of the stadium revealed a defect in its steel roofing, officials said at that point of time.

The PGE Narodowy (official name since 2015) or the National Stadium is a retractable roof football stadium located in Warsaw, Poland. It is used mostly for football matches and it is the home stadium of the Poland national football team. The stadium has a seating capacity of 58,145 which makes it the largest association football arena in Poland. Its construction started in 2008 and finished in November 2011.

‘POLAND POSTS ENGLISH’ further stated that experts recommended that the facility could now reopen following which PGE Narodowy opened on December 16th.

The offices lodged in the arena have reopened and business conferences are being held again. From December 17th, the facility was available for tour groups and individual visitors.

Remarked Włodzimierz Dola, President of the Management Board of PL.2012+, the operator of the stadium, “We all waited with bated breath when we would be able to welcome guests back to the venue and finally we could on December 16th. PGE Narodowy is an arena which bristles with positive energy. In the past few days, intensive work was carried out to correct the roof flaw. We have always accorded top priority to the safety quotient and the safety of our fans has always weighed high on our priority list. However, the stands and the PGE Narodowy apron will remain unavailable to guests, as work is on to restore the full operational capacity of the stadium.”

Added Dola, “A lot of work still remains to be completed but at least we have been able to open the arena by correcting the main defects. The best part is that the facility is buzzing with activities once again.”

The PGE National Stadium was opened on January 29th, 2012. Nearly PLN 2 billion was spent on its construction. It is the largest stadium in Poland. The stands can accommodate over 58,000 spectators during sporting events, and almost 73,000 during concerts.

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