Olympic Stadium (Wrocław)
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|Full name||Olympic Stadium in Wrocław|
|Owner||City of Wrocław|
|Built||1926 to 1928|
|Renovated||1935 to 1939|
Devils Wrocław (Polish American Football League)
Giants Wrocław (Polish American Football League)
The Olympic Stadium (Polish: Stadion Olimpijski) is a multi-purpose stadium in Wrocław, Poland. It was built from 1926 to 1928 as Schlesierkampfbahn (English: Silesian Arena) according to a design by Richard Konwiarz, when the city of Wrocław (then Breslau) was still part of Germany. It is currently used mostly for speedway racing, serves as the home stadium of Sparta Wrocław, and is also home to the Devils Wrocław and Giants Wrocław American football teams.
The stadium was built as centre of a larger sports complex in the city district of Leerbeutel (now Zalesie), again extended from 1935 to 1939 and renamed Hermann–Göring–Stadion under the Nazi authorities. On 16 May 1937, it was the site of the legendary Breslau Eleven football match, when the Germany national football team defeated Denmark 8–0. Despite its current Polish name, the arena has never been an Olympic Games site (in particular, for the 1936 Summer Olympics); however the builder Richard Konwiarz achieved a bronze medal in the art competitions at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles for his architectural design.
Heavily devastated during the Siege of Breslau in World War II, the stadium was rebuilt by the Polish municipal administration and named after General Karol Świerczewski. From the 1970s it was used by the Wrocław University School of Physical Education and comprehensively modernized with floodlights and an undersoil heating. The Wrocław city administration assumed ownership in 2006 and had the speedway racing track rebuilt, whereafter the smaller football pitch no longer meets the requirements of UEFA stadium categories.
The speedway track is 387 metres (423 yd) in length.
Speedway World Finals
Individual World Championship
World Pairs Championship
World Team Cup
- 1961 - Poland (Marian Kaiser / Henryk Żyto / Florian Kapała / Mieczysław Połukard / Stanislaw Tkocz) - 32pts
- 1966 - Poland (Andrzej Pogorzelski / Marian Rose / Antoni Woryna / Andrzej Wyglenda) - 41pts
- 1971 - Great Britain (Ray Wilson / Ivan Mauger / Jim Airey / Barry Briggs / Ronnie Moore)* - 37pts
- 1977 - England (Peter Collins / Michael Lee / Dave Jessup / John Davis / Malcolm Simmons) - 37pts
- 1980 - England (Michael Lee / Chris Morton / Peter Collins / Dave Jessup / John Davis) - 40pts
- 2001 - Australia (Jason Crump / Leigh Adams / Ryan Sullivan / Todd Wiltshire / Craig Boyce) - 68pts
- 2005 - Poland (Tomasz Gollob / Piotr Protasiewicz / Jarosław Hampel / Rune Holta / Grzegorz Walasek) - 62pts
Speedway Grand Prix
- 1995 Speedway Grand Prix of Poland - - Tomasz Gollob
- 1996 Speedway Grand Prix of Poland - - Tommy Knudsen
- 1997 Speedway Grand Prix of Poland - - Greg Hancock
- 1999 Speedway Grand Prix of Poland - - Tomasz Gollob
- 2004 Speedway Grand Prix of Europe - - Bjarne Pedersen
- 2005 Speedway Grand Prix of Europe - - Tony Rickardsson
- 2006 Speedway Grand Prix of Europe - - Jason Crump
- 2007 Speedway Grand Prix of Europe - - Nicki Pedersen
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