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Stadion Slaski is a sport stadium located in the Silesian region of Poland. Originally it was opened in 1956, but after renovation it was reopened in October 2017. Stadium has a capacity of 55,211[1]. The Silesian Stadium is the second largest in the country (after PGE Narodowy). Apart from football, the facility is adapted for athletic competitions.

Silesian Stadium
Full name Silesian Stadium
Stadion Śląski
Location ul. Katowicka 10, 41-500 Chorzów, Silesia, Poland
Owner Sejmik Województwa Śląskiego
Operator Company belonging to Sejmik Województwa Śląskiego
Capacity 55,211
Record attendance 130 000 (1973 Speedway World Championship, 2 September 1973)
Field size 105 x 68 m
Surface Grass
Construction
Built 1951–1956
Opened 22 July 1956
1 October 2017
Expanded 2009–2017
Construction cost c. 650 million PLN
c. 155 million
Architect GMP Architekten
Tenants
Poland national football team (2018 – )
Website
Official Website

Contents

DescriptionEdit

In 1993, the stadium was designated as the official home stadium of the Polish national football team. In the 1990s, the stadium was converted to an all-seater stadium, reducing the capacity to 47,246. Currently after renovation its capacity is 55,211[2].

ReconstructionEdit

For the last 5 years the stadium has been totally reconstructed according to the modern standards. In the end of 2016 venue was roofed. Brand new grand stands construction was completed and over 55 thousand new seats, modern illumination, audio, security systems and more was installed. The inauguration of new stadium took place on 1 October 2017.

EventsEdit

FootballEdit

Poland national football teamEdit

No. Date Match Result Turnout
1 22 July 1956 PolandGDR 0–2 90 000
2 20 October 1957 Poland – USSR 2–1 100 000
3 11 May 1958 Poland – Ireland 2–2 80 000
4 14 September 1958 Poland – Hungary 1–3 90 000
5 28 June 1959 Poland – Spain 2–4 100 000
6 8 November 1959 Poland – Finland 6–2 22 000
7 26 June 1960 Poland – Bulgaria 4–0 25 000
8 25 June 1961 Poland – Yugoslavia 1–1 100 000
9 5 November 1961 Poland – Denmark 5–0 10 000
10 10 October 1962 Poland – Northern Ireland 0–2 50 000
11 2 June 1963 Poland – Romania 1–1 40 000
12 23 May 1965 Poland – Scotland 1–1 80 000
13 3 May 1966 Poland – Hungary 1–1 95 000
14 5 July 1966 Poland – England 0–1 70 000
15 21 May 1967 Poland – Belgium 3–1 65 000
16 24 April 1968 Poland – Turkey 8–0 35 000
17 30 October 1968 Poland – Ireland 1–0 18 000
18 7 September 1969 Poland – Netherlands 2–1 85 000
19 14 October 1970 Poland – Albania 3–0 10 000
20 6 June 1973 Poland – England 2–0 90 000
21 26 September 1973 Poland – Wales 3–0 90 000
22 10 September 1975 Poland – Netherlands 4–1 85 000
23 24 March 1976 Poland – Argentina 1–2 60 000
24 21 September 1977 Poland – Denmark 4–1 80 000
25 29 September 1977 Poland – Portugal 1–1 80 000
26 4 April 1979 Poland – Hungary 1–1 60 000
27 2 May 1979 Poland – Netherlands 2–0 85 000
28 26 September 1979 Poland – GDR 1–1 70 000
29 6 June 1980 Poland – Czechoslovakia 1–1 45 000
30 2 May 1981 Poland – GDR 1–0 80 000
31 2 September 1981 Poland – Germany 0–2 70 000
32 22 May 1983 Poland – USSR 1–1 75 000
33 11 September 1985 Poland – Belgium 0–0 75 000
34 16 November 1985 Poland – Italy 1–0 20 000
35 19 October 1988 Poland – Albania 1–0 35 000
36 11 October 1989 Poland – England 0–0 35 000
37 25 October 1989 Poland – Sweden 0–2 15 000
38 29 May 1993 Poland – England 1–1 65 000
39 2 April 1997 Poland – Italy 0–0 32 000
40 31 May 1997 Poland – England 0–2 30 000
41 27 May 1998 Poland – Russia 3–1 8 000
42 31 March 1999 Poland – Sweden 0–1 28 000
43 1 September 2001 Poland – Norway 3–0 43 000
44 6 October 2001 Poland – Ukraine 1–1 25 000
45 29 March 2003 Poland – Hungary 0–0 47 000
46 10 September 2003 Poland – Sweden 0–2 20 000
47 8 September 2004 Poland – England 1–2 45 000
48 3 September 2005 Poland – Austria 3–2 45 000
49 31 May 2006 Poland – Colombia 1–2 40 000
50 11 October 2006 Poland – Portugal 2–1 45 000
51 17 November 2007 Poland – Belgium 2–0 47 000
52 1 June 2008 Poland – Denmark 1–1 35 000
53 11 October 2008 Poland – Czech Republic 2–1 47 000
54 5 September 2009 Poland – Northern Ireland 1–1 45 000
55 14 October 2009 Poland – Slovakia 0–1 4 000

Club footballEdit

Numerous Ekstraklasa matches have been played - mostly by the local team Ruch Chorzów, especially for the Great Silesian Derby matches against neighbours Górnik Zabrze due to extra interest from the fans.[3] However Polonia Bytom have also used the venue as the home ground in the past.[4] Górnik Zabrze, GKS Tychy, Polonia Bytom, Ruch Chorzów and GKS Katowice have used the stadium for European matches.[5]

As it used to be the only national stadium with such a large capacity in the country for numerous years, Polish Cup matches have been frequently hosted there too,[6] especially the final matches.[7]

SpeedwayEdit

The football pitch at the Silesia Stadium is surrounded by a 384 metres (420 yards) long Motorcycle speedway track. The first World Final held at the stadium in 1973, was run in front of the largest crowd in world speedway history.[8]

English speedway 'golden boy' Peter Collins won the 1976 World Final at Silesian.[9]

Ivan Mauger won the 1979 World Final at the stadium. [10]

The last ever World Final staged at the stadium was won by Denmark's Hans Nielsen in 1986.[citation needed]

Silesian also hosted the Final of the 1974 Speedway World Team Cup, won by England, as well as the Final of both the 1978 and 1981 World Pairs Championships.[11]

ConcertsEdit

The stadium has hosted concerts by famous artists, including AC/DC, Metallica, The Rolling Stones, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linkin Park, Genesis and U2.[12]

Upcoming concerts at Silesian Stadium
Date Artist Tour Attendance
9 July 2018 Guns N' Roses Not in This Lifetime... Tour

OtherEdit

In 2009, it was the venue of performances by Monster Jam.[13][14]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stadiums in Poland: Slaskie". World Stadiums. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  2. ^ http://stadiumdb.com/constructions/pol/stadion_slaski
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-06-17. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-17. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-15. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  • Gazeta Wyborcza
    • "Pół wieku Stadionu Śląskiego" Część 1, 26 czerwca 2006, page: 1, 2, 3, 4
    • "Pół wieku Stadionu Śląskiego" Część 3, 10 lipca 2006, page: 1, 2, 3, 4
    • "Pół wieku Stadionu Śląskiego" Część 4, 17 lipca 2006, page: 1, 2, 3, 4

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