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Silesia Stadium

Silesian Stadium
Stadion Śląski
Kocioł czarownic
Full name Silesian Stadium
Stadion Śląski
Location Chorzów, Silesia, Poland
Built 1951–1956
Opened 22 July 1956
Expanded 2009–2013
Owner Silesian Voivodeship
Construction cost no data
465 mln PLN (expansion only)
Capacity 54,477[1]
(in the past 120,000)
Record attendance 120 000 (Górnik Zabrze-FK Austria Wien, 18 September 1963)
Field dimensions 105 x 68 m
Tenants
Poland national team
(to 1993 as de facto, 1993-2012 as official)
Silesian national team¹
and:
Górnik Zabrze¹
GKS Katowice¹
Ruch Chorzów¹
Polonia Bytom¹
GKS Tychy¹
other club from Upper-Silesian Metropolis¹
¹ - only important matches

Silesian Stadium (Polish: Stadion Śląski) is a sport stadium located between Chorzów and Katowice, Silesia, Poland. It opened on 22 July 1956 and has since hosted crowds of over 120,000 for both football matches and motorcycle speedway world championships. It also hosts music festivals.

History

In 1949 the decision was made to build the Silesia Stadium in 1950 and Julian Brzuchowski was chosen as its designer. Silesia Stadium was completed in 1956, together with the 10th Anniversary Stadium (Polish: Stadion Dziesięciolecia) in Warsaw. On 22 July 1956, it hosted its first event - a friendly game with the East Germany national football team (2:0 for the Germans). Electric lighting was installed in 1959.

Initially designed to hold 87,000 people, it was often filled by crowds ranging between 90,000 and 100,000. On 18 September 1963, it held a record number of spectators (120,000) during a European Cup match between Górnik Zabrze and FK Austria Wien. However, the enforcement of international security standards forced the stadium's authorities to reduce its number of seats.

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, there are plans to expand its capacity to 55,211 and to construct a roof over the stadium (claimed to become one of the largest in the world, 43,000 m2).[2] The stadium will be expanded by tearing off a portion of the west stand to make room for the 2nd tier. Before the expansion, only the east stand had a 2nd tier.

Events

Football

Poland national football team

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[3]

Cup games

No. Cup Date Match Result Turnout
1 UEFA CL 13 September 1961 Górnik ZabrzeTottenham Hotspur 4–2 80 000
2 UEFA CL 12 September 1962 Polonia BytomPanathinaikos Athens 2–1 30 000
3 UEFA CL 18 November 1962 Polonia BytomGalatasaray S.K. Istanbul 1–0 10 000
4 UEFA CL 18 September 1963 Górnik ZabrzeFK Austria Wien 1–0 120 000
5 UEFA CL 13 November 1963 Górnik ZabrzeDukla Prague 2–0 100 000
6 UEFA CL 20 September 1964 Górnik ZabrzeDukla Prague 3–0 80 000
7 UEFA CL 22 September 1965 Górnik ZabrzeLASK Linz 2–1 60 000
8 UEFA CL 28 November 1965 Górnik ZabrzeAC Sparta Prague 1–2 35 000
9 UEFA CL 20 September 1967 Górnik ZabrzeDjurgårdens IF 3–0 45 000
10 UEFA CL 9 November 1967 Górnik ZabrzeFC Dynamo Kyiv 1–1 100 000
11 UEFA CL 13 March 1968 Górnik ZabrzeManchester United 1–0 90 000
12 UEFA CWC 1 October 1969 Górnik ZabrzeOlympiacos Piraeus 5–0 30 000
13 UEFA CWC 12 November 1969 Górnik ZabrzeRangers 3–1 80 000
14 UEFA CWC 18 March 1970 Górnik ZabrzePFC Levski Sofia 2–1 100 000
15 UEFA CWC 15 April 1970 Górnik ZabrzeAS Roma 2–2 100 000
16 ICFC 16 September 1970 GKS KatowiceFC Barcelona 0–1 85 000
17 ICFC 16 September 1970 Ruch ChorzówACF Fiorentina 1–1 85 000
18 UEFA CWC 9 November 1971 Górnik ZabrzeManchester City 2–0 90 000
19 UEFA CL 29 September 1971 Górnik ZabrzeOlympique de Marseille 1–1 70 000
20 UEFA CL 8 November 1972 Górnik ZabrzeFC Dynamo Kyiv 2–1 70 000
21 UEFA CL 18 September 1985 Górnik ZabrzeFC Bayern Munich 1–2 60 000
22 UEFA CWC 2 October 1986 GKS KatowiceFram Reykjavik 1–0 20 000
23 UEFA CWC 22 October 1986 GKS KatowiceFC Sion 2–2 10 000
24 UEFA Cup 5 October 1988 GKS KatowiceRangers 2–4 30 000
25 UEFA CL 26 October 1988 Górnik ZabrzeReal Madrid 0–1 55 000
26 UEFA CL 13 September 1989 Ruch ChorzówSredec Sofia 1–1 15 000
27 UEFA Cup 14 September 2000 Ruch ChorzówF.C. Internazionale Milano 0–3 20 000

Other matches

  • 22 July 1974 Silesia vs Tanzania was played at the Silesia Stadium. Silesia won 7–2.
  • from the 1950s to now - derby of Upper Silesia (more precisely the derby of Upper-Silesian Metropolis) was played at the stadium.

Speedway

The football pitch at the Silesia Stadium is surrounded by a speedway track. The first World Final held at the stadium in 1973, was run in front of the largest crowd in world speedway history, when a reported 120,000 fans saw rank outsider Jerzy Szczakiel of Poland win his only (and Poland's first) World Championship, after defeating defending champion Ivan Mauger of New Zealand in a run-off after both had finished the championship tied on 13 points. Mauger fell on lap 2 the 4 lap run-off, leaving Szczakiel to win easily.

Major events run at the Stadium in the past include:

Speedway World Championship:
Speedway Grand Prix of Europe: 2002, 2003

Concerts

The stadium has hosted concerts by famous artists, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, and U2.

A Panorama view of the concert

Other

In 2009, it was the venue of performances by Monster Jam.

Monster Jam

References

  • "Pół wieku Stadionu Śląskiego" (Half a century of the Silesian Stadium)
  • Gazeta Wyborcza
    • "Pół wieku Stadionu Śląskiego" Część 1, 26 czerwca 2006, page: 4
    • "Pół wieku Stadionu Śląskiego" Część 3, 10 lipca 2006, page: 4
    • "Pół wieku Stadionu Śląskiego" Część 4, 17 lipca 2006, page: 4

External links

  • (Polish)
  • Website about modernization of Silesian Stadium in years 2009-2011 (Polish)
  • Stadium history (Polish)

Coordinates: 50°17′17.53″N 18°58′22.65″E / 50.2882028°N 18.9729583°E / 50.2882028; 18.9729583

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