Olympic Stadium (Wrocław)
The Olympic Stadium (Polish: Stadion Olimpijski) is a multi-purpose stadium in Wrocław, Poland. It was built from 1926 to 1928 as Schlesierkampfbahn (English: Silesian Arena) according to a design by Richard Konwiarz, when the city of Wrocław (then Breslau) was still part of Germany. It is used mostly for American football—home of the Panthers Wrocław and speedway racing, it also serves as the home stadium of Sparta Wrocław.
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Panthers Wrocław (Liga Futbolu Amerykańskiego)
The stadium was built as centre of a larger sports complex in the city district of Leerbeutel (now Zalesie), again extended from 1935 to 1939 and renamed Hermann–Göring–Stadion under the Nazi authorities. On 16 May 1937, it was the site of the legendary Breslau Eleven football match, when the Germany national football team defeated Denmark 8–0. Despite its current Polish name, the arena has never been an Olympic Games site (in particular, for the 1936 Summer Olympics); however the builder Richard Konwiarz achieved a bronze medal in the art competitions at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles for his architectural design.
Heavily devastated during the Siege of Breslau in World War II, the stadium was rebuilt by the Polish municipal administration and named after General Karol Świerczewski. From the 1970s it was used by the Wrocław University School of Physical Education and comprehensively modernized with floodlights and an undersoil heating. The Wrocław city administration assumed ownership in 2006 and had the speedway racing track rebuilt, whereafter the smaller football pitch no longer meets the requirements of UEFA stadium categories.
The speedway track is 387 metres (423 yd) in length.
The stadium has hosted the Speedway Grand Prix of Poland in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, and 2000. It also was a venue of the Speedway Grand Prix of Europe in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. The stadium has hosted american football competition and motorcycle speedway competition at 2017 World Games.
Speedway World FinalsEdit
Individual World ChampionshipEdit
World Pairs ChampionshipEdit
World Team CupEdit
- 1961 – Poland (Marian Kaiser / Henryk Żyto / Florian Kapała / Mieczysław Połukard / Stanislaw Tkocz) – 32pts
- 1966 – Poland (Andrzej Pogorzelski / Marian Rose / Antoni Woryna / Andrzej Wyglenda) – 41pts
- 1971 – Great Britain (Ray Wilson / Ivan Mauger / Jim Airey / Barry Briggs / Ronnie Moore)* – 37pts
- 1977 – England (Peter Collins / Michael Lee / Dave Jessup / John Davis / Malcolm Simmons) – 37pts
- 1980 – England (Michael Lee / Chris Morton / Peter Collins / Dave Jessup / John Davis) – 40pts
Speedway World CupEdit
Speedway Grand PrixEdit
- 1995 Speedway Grand Prix of Poland – – Tomasz Gollob
- 1996 Speedway Grand Prix of Poland – – Tommy Knudsen
- 1997 Speedway Grand Prix of Poland – – Greg Hancock
- 1999 Speedway Grand Prix of Poland – – Tomasz Gollob
- 2004 Speedway Grand Prix of Europe – – Bjarne Pedersen
- 2005 Speedway Grand Prix of Europe – – Tony Rickardsson
- 2006 Speedway Grand Prix of Europe – – Jason Crump
- 2007 Speedway Grand Prix of Europe – – Nicki Pedersen
Media related to Olympic Stadium in Wrocław at Wikimedia Commons
- Stadion Olimpijski at arenysportowe.eu (in Polish)