Club: none | Opening: 2012 | Capacity: 58,145 seats
History and description
Stadion Narodowy w Warszawie (Warsaw National Stadium) is Poland’s recently built national stadium.
Though plans had long existed to build a new Polish national stadium, these were accelerated when Poland got granted the right to host the Euro 2012 Championships. Stadion Narodowy replaced Warsaw’s previous national stadium Stadion Dziesięciolecia.
Construction of the stadium started in October 2008 and was completed in November 2011. During the building works three workers lost their lives in two separate accidents.
Stadion Narodowy officially opened on the 29th of January 2012 with a rock concert. The planned first match between Wisła Krakow and Legia Warsaw had to be cancelled due to delays in the works and resulting safety issues. A friendly between the Polish and Portuguese national teams on the 29th of February was therefore the first match played at the stadium.
During the Euro 2012 finals Stadion Narodowy hosted the opening match between Poland and Greece (1-1), two further group matches, a quarter-final, and the semi-final between Italy and Germany (2-1).
One of the most characteristic features of the stadium is its facade painted in the colours of the national flag (red and white). The stadium furthermore has a special PVC retractable roof that can be opened and closed in 20 minutes, and a centre-hung video board.
The 58,145 seats the stadium counts include 4,600 premium seats and a further 800 seats in 65 VIP lodges.
Warsaw National Stadium is located on the east bank of the Vistula river, not far from Warsaw’s city centre. It lies approximately 4 kilometres east of Warsaw’s central railway stadium and the Palace of Culture and Science, and 3 kilometres from Warsaw’s old town.
If arriving by car, the stadium is best reached by making your way towards Warsaw’s characteristic Palace of Culture and then taking the Aleje Jerozolimskie avenue, which runs south of the palace, toward the east. The stadium is clearly visible when crossing the bridge over the river.
There are various ways to reach the stadium by public transport. Warsaw is currently constructing a second metro line which has a stop at the stadium, however this line will not be active until 2013.
Most trams and buses that run in eastern direction from Warsaw’s central station and nearby metro stop Centrum pass the stadium. Tram 7, 8, 9, 22, 24 and 25, and bus 158, 507 and 517 count as some of the options. The ride takes less than 15 minutes, get off at stop Rondo Waszyngtona.
From Warsaw’s old city centre (down by the river) take bus 226 and get off at stop Kijowska or Zieleniecka (a 7-minute ride). From there it’s a 10-minute walk to the stadium.
From Warsaw airport first take bus 175 to metro stop Centrum and then get on one of the trams or buses mentioned above.
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Eat, drink, and sleep
The area around the stadium is mainly residential and offers little in terms of entertainment. The city centre is not far away though, right across the bridge on the other side of the Vistula river.
In particular, Nowy Świat street is full of bars and restaurants and arguable counts as Warsaw’s principal nightlife area. From the southern end of the street it is a mere 20-minute walk to the stadium.
There is a more alternative nightlife scene in the Praga area a 20-minute walk north of the stadium. The area used to have a negative reputation in terms of safety, though has recently significantly regenerated.
Boutique B&B, Royal Route Residence, and Mamaison Residence Diana are almost right on Nowy Świat and get very good reviews. Expect to pay about PLN 300.00 per night. Moon Hostel, Puffa Hostel, the Mercure Warszawa, and the Novotel Warszawa offer cheaper options ranging from PLN 100.00 to PLN 250.00 per night. Click here too see all hotels and apartments near Stadion Narodowy, here for all hotels near Nowy Świat, and here for all hotels in Warsaw.
Relevant Internet links
Stadionnarodowy.org.pl – Official website of Stadion Narodowy w Warszawie.
Warszawa.pl – Official website of the city of Warsaw.
Jakdojade.pl – Public transport journey planner.
ZTM.waw.pl – Warsaw public transport information.