Białystok City Stadium

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Białystok City Stadium
Stadion Miejski - Białystok2.jpg
Stadion Miejski (Białystok City Stadium)
Former names Hetman Stadium
Location ul. Słoneczna 1
Białystok, PL
Coordinates 53°6′21.5″N 23°8′57.5″E / 53.105972°N 23.149306°E / 53.105972; 23.149306Coordinates: 53°6′21.5″N 23°8′57.5″E / 53.105972°N 23.149306°E / 53.105972; 23.149306
Owner City of Białystok
Capacity 15,000 (1971)
30,000 (1973)
22,386 (2014)
Record attendance 36,000 (Jagiellonia Białystok - Widzew Łódź, 1987
21,196 (Jagiellonia Białystok - Pogon Szczecin, 18 October 2014)
Surface Natural
Construction
Built 1971-1972
Opened July 22, 1972 (1972-07-22), October 2014
Renovated 2008-2014
Construction cost 254 mln złoty(75 mln dollars)
Architect Stefan Kuryłowicz, Michał Adamczyk, Mikołaj Kwieciński, Krystyna Tulczyńska.
Tenants
Jagiellonia Białystok
Website
stadion.bialystok.pl

The Białystok City Stadium is located in Białystok, Poland. It is used by Jagiellonia.

The stadium recently underwent major redevelopment, completed at the end of 2014, it now contains 22,386 seats.[1] Full cost of the redevelopment is not clear as the city had to terminate contract with one contractor, Polish-French Eiffage Mitex consortium. Both parties agreed on PLN 168 million ($60 million) in 2010, but finances are not settled. In 2012 construction was taken over by new contractors, Spanish-Polish consortium of OHL and Hydrobudowa agreed to finish all remaining work at a cost of PLN 254 million[2] ($75 million).

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The stadium was put into operation in 1971, it was named the guards stadium or Hetman Białystok stadium. Initially, the stadium contained 15,000 seats. After two years of modernizing the bleachers the capacity contained approximately 30,000 seats. In the late 80's when Jagiellonia, for the first time in history entered the first league, the stadium was filled with 20 to 30 thousand people per game.[3] In the 90's the stadium fell to disrepair as the team fell back to the second, third and fourth leagues. The situation changed at the beginning of the 21st century with the improvement of the sporting and financial condition of Jagiellonia. In 2005, with the money received from promotions the stadium was upgraded with 6,000 new chairs.

In 2006 the stadium was taken over by the city of Białystok and renamed to Białystok City Stadium. This opened doors to further modernization of the stadium and it started with the allocation of 5 million złoty(1.3 mln dollars) for it's expansion. The first completed investment was the heated pitch which was finished in March 2007. The cost of the new pitch was 3 mln 900 thousand złoty(1.05 mln dollars). The heated pitch now made it possible to stage matches regardless of the weather. in July 2007 the there was a newly renovated locker room along with a new modern conference room.

A Panorama view of the stadium interior

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