Stadium Spotlight: Gdańsk, Euro 2012
Continuing our series on the stadiums being built for the UEFA European Championships in 2012, to be hosted jointly by Poland and the Ukraine, we look today at Gdańsk. There, a new 44,000 capacity stadium, the PGE Arena Gdańsk, is currently under construction in the northern city on the Baltic coast. Just this month, PGE signed up for a five year sponsorship of the stadium, previously known (much more appropriately) as the Baltic Arena.
The $320m construction project, designed by architects Rhode, Kellermann and Wawrowsky, is well underway.
After the Euros, the stadium will be used by Lechia Gdańsk, who currently play in the 12,000 capacity Stadion Lechii, raising some questions about just how appropriate a 40,000+ facility will be for a team that has yo-yoed up and down from the first to the second division over the years.
Here are the pretty spectacular renderings of the new stadium:
And one of those ever lovely promotional videos:
As of December 2009, construction was proceeding on schedule.