Stadion Widzewa

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Stadion im. Ludwika Sobolewskiego
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Location Łódź, Poland
Owner Lodz City Council/Widzew Lodz
Operator Widzew Łódź
Capacity 10,500 (18,018 after re-build)
Field size 106 m × 70 m
Surface Grass
Construction
Opened May 30, 1930 (post re-build Nov 2016)
Closed November 2014
Demolished Early 2015
Construction cost 138M PLN (2014)
Tenants
Widzew Łódź

'Stadion Widzewa is a multi-use stadium in Łódź, Poland. It is currently used mostly for football matches and serves as the home stadium of Widzew Łódź. The stadium has a capacity of 10,500 people.

Redevelopemnt[edit]

After many proposals over the years and speculation about a replacement for Widzew Stadium (including for Euro2012), a definitive redevelopment was started in 2014. Until the stadium is complete Widzew will play their home games at Piotrków Trybunalski.

In October 2014 plans for a new 18,018 seater stadium were announced. It is intended the stadium will be completed by November 2016. The main contractor will be Lodz Mosty. Lodz Mosty have until 24 January 2015 to present a finalised stadium design. Unlike previous proposals all seats will be covered. The exterior will be clad in red-brick and transparent back-lit panels. The West Grandstand will continue to be the main stand. It will contain the changing rooms, gym, 24 corporate boxes, 8 commentary boxes, 2 TV studios etc. The other 3 stands will have simpler facilities, and include space for 900-1200 visiting supporters. The pitch will be moves 20m to the east to accommodate the larger West Stand, encroaching on the current training pitch. With Widzew facing a second relegation in 2 years at the end of the 2014 season, the need for such a capacity is questionable as they only fill a fraction of their current, smaller stadium.

Local roads and tram-lines will will also be upgraded. In fact the tram upgrade is already well underway in 2014.

The stadium will also be designed to accommodate Rugby, including local club Budowlani S.A., and concerts. The North stand will be designed to incorporate a stage.[1][2][3][4]

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Coordinates: 51°45′54″N 19°30′42″E / 51.76500°N 19.51167°E / 51.76500; 19.51167