Warsaw, Lady Gaga, Lady Pank, Chocolate, and Beer
Stadion Narodowy w Warszawie, or better Warsaw National Stadium, has announced the line-up of artists for its opening ceremony.
The recently completed stadium will be officially opened on the 29th of January with an event involving concerts of various local artists, to be concluded with the traditional fireworks. The closing act will be Polish rock band Lady Pank, which, due to someone joking around with Google Translate, made several international media believe that Lady Gaga would be the guest of honour.
Warsaw National Stadium is the last stadium to be completed for the Euro 2012 tournament. The 58,000-seater is set to host the opening match between Poland and Greece as well as one of the semi-finals. The first match at the stadium will be the Polish Super Cup between Wisla Krakow and Legia Warsaw, to be played two weeks after the opening ceremony.
In other Euro 2012 related news, reports have come out that alcohol prices in Poland are expected to rise with up to 15% during the tournament, which is bad news for any international fan of such excellent Polish beers as Tyskie, Lech, and Żywiec. A few months earlier Polish president Komorowski had already signed a bill into law that would allow the consumption of low-alcohol beer (up to 3.5%) during mass sport events.
Oh, and on Wednesday a replica of the National Stadium made out of chocolate was presented.