Club: MKS Cracovia | Opening: 1912 | Capacity: 15,016 seats
History and description
Stadion Cracovii opened on 31 March 1912 with a match between Cracovia and Pogoń Lwów.
The stadium underwent several changes in the decades following, often following damages sustained by floods, thunderstorms, and an air raid during the Second World War.
Bad luck continued in the late 1960s when a fire burned down large parts of the stadium, which led to the almost complete rebuilding of the ground.
In 2009, Cracovia embarked on a major redevelopment program that saw the complete rebuilding of Stadion Cracovii into a modern arena. The newly built stadium was completed one year later, in 2010.
The stadium’s complete name is Stadion Cracovii im. Józefa Piłsudskiego, a name that was given in 1936 in honour of Polish marshal Jozef Pilsudski.
How to get to Stadio Cracovii
Stadion Cracovii is located just west outside the city walls of Krakow’s historic city centre. The stadium lies in the same area as Wisla’s Stadion Miejski, and only a few hundred metres away from the Wisla river.
The walk from the central Rynek square takes less than 15 minutes, as does the walk from the Wawel area. The central railway station, which lies on the other side of the centre, is about a 30-minute walk away.
Alternatively, catch tram 20 (e.g. from the northern part of the historic centre or the main railway station), or one of the many buses that pass the stadium in the vicinity. From the main railway station bus 124 and 152 run past the stadium.
Address: Kałuży 1, 30-111 Kraków
Tickets for Cracovia matches can be bought online, or at the ticket office at the stadium, in advance as well as on the day of the match.
Possession of a Fan Card may be required to buy tickets. Fan Cards can be bought online or at the ticket office at the stadium. Make sure to bring your ID. On the day of the match Fan Cards can only be bought up to one hour before the start of the match.
Ticket prices range from PLN 10.00 for a seat behind the goal to PLN 25.00 for an upper seat at the main stand.
Useful Internet links
Cracovia.pl – Official website of MKS Cracovia.
Krakow.pl – Tourist information for the city of Krakow.
Mpk.krakow.pl – Information about Krakow public transport.
Jakdojade.pl – Public transport journey planner.
Photo credits: Tomasz Rychlik