Marshal Józef Piłsudski Stadium
|Full name||Stadion Cracovii im. Józefa Piłsudskiego|
Stadion CracoviaStadion Cracovii
|Location||Ulica Kałuży 1 30-111 Kraków, Poland|
|Owner||City of Cracow|
|Record attendance||14,300 (Cracovia - Arka Gdynia, 25 September 2010)|
|Field size||105 m x 68 m|
|Built||1911 - 1912|
March 31, 1912September 25, 2010 (new stadium)
|Renovated||2009 - 2010|
|Construction cost||157 mln PLN|
Marszałek Piłsudski Stadium (formerly Stadion Cracovia or Stadion Cracovii) is a football stadium located in Kraków, Poland. It is used mostly for football matches and it is the home ground of Cracovia. Originally, the first Cracovia stadium was built in 1912. It was demolished in mid-2009. From then until late 2010 entirely new construction has was raised in roughly the same location where the old stadium stood. After reconstruction the stadium holds 15,016 people. The stadium meets the criteria for UEFA Category 3
the stadium's design and construction has been frequently awarded in many architectural contests. In 2010 it was honored with the Janusza Bogdanowskiego award, given by the Archi-Szopa Association for the best architectural construction in Kraków City. The stadium is located south of Błonia Park (in the Zwierzyniec district of Kraków), near the stadium of Cracovia’s archrival Wisła Kraków.
The stadium design was made by a consortium of Polish and Spanish architectural companies, Estudio Lamela Sp. z o.o, Estudio Lamela S.L., Sener Sp. z o.o. and Sener Ingenieria y Sistemas S.A. The general constructor was the consortium of German Alpine Bau Deutschland AG, Austrian Alpine Bau GmbH and Polish Alpine Construction Polska Sp. z o.o and KPBP „Budus” S.A. Cost was estimated at 157 mln PLN. In June 2009, the process of construction began. Firstly, the old Cracovia stadium, built in 1912, was demolished. Construction was completed in September 2010. Cracovia played its first official match in the new stadium on 25 September 2010 with Arka Gdynia.
The new stadium is located within the square of these streets: Kraszewskiego, Focha, Kałuży and Zwierzyniec. The exact location has been slightly changed in comparison to the old one. The stadium still occupies the central part of the plot, but now it is parallel to the Focha street.
The stadium is a typical football-specific stadium. The field dimensions are the FIFA standard 105 x 68 meters. The distance between sideline and first row seats varies from 6m (North Stand), by 8m (East & South Stands) to 10m (West Stand). The stadium has three one-level stands and one two-level main stand. The facility is an all-seater and it is fully roofed. The building out of all four corners means that the division into separate stands is not readily visible from the exterior of the building – the stadium creates a single compact structure. Height of the stands are respectively 14, 10, 12 and 19 meters
South stand is the main stand of the stadium. Capacity is 4691 spectators. This is the only two-level stand in the stdium. The stand is divided into five sections. Three of them are located on the first level and these are: Sections G, E (14 rows each) and a VIP section which can hold 476 people with 11 rows. The other two, Section F and H (with eight and nine rows respectively) are located on the second level of the stand.
West stand is located on the side of Ignacego Kraszewskiego Street. It is divided into two sections, I & J. Both have 22 rows. West stand is the largest of the three one-level stands on stadium. Section J is a section prepared especially for guest spectators. Its capacity is 1057 people. The section has its own separated entrance and foyer dedicated only to fans from visiting team.
East stand is the smallest stand of the stadium. The main representative square is located between this stand and Kałuży Street. The stand is divided into two standard sections: B (only sectors B4 and B5) and D. This is the place where the most fanatic Cracovia fans supports their team during the matches. Moreover, there are 42 places for disabled persons with another 42 dedicated for their care assistants.
The opposite to the main stand, North stand is divided into sections A and B (sectors B1, B2, B3). Each of them have 16 rows.
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