The Silesian Stadium in Chorzów is one of the "legends" of Polish football. The idea of building the stadium appeared in the interwar period, but it was not until the 50s of the last century, when it was erected. Once it was opened in 1956, it was the largest facility of its kind in the country. It could accommodate more than 100,000 spectators. A lot of football matches and speedway competitions held on the stadium have gone down in history.
The Silesian Stadium is located in Chorzów, in the Silesian Park. The object of this type was planned to be erected already in the years preceding the Second World War. However, the decision to start construction was made at the beginning of the 1950s. The place was chosen not by accident, the stadium was a spectacular supplement to the then largest city park in Europe. The designer of the stadium was Julian Stefan Brzuchowski. The ceremonial opening took place on the day of the biggest communist party - July 22 - in 1956.
The Silesian Stadium in Chorzów was the largest in Poland, had 80,000 seats and 20,000 standing (in the following years, these numbers were limited for security reasons). Chorzowski's hosted the most important sporting events in Poland, from the representative and club football matches (here Poland won against the USSR in 1957, won England in 1973, and victory with Belgium, in 2007, sealed the first ever promotion to finals of the European championships). The Silesian Stadium in Chorzów also hosted prestigious speedway and cycling competitions as well as athletic games. In 1991, the first big rock concert took place at the stadium - the AC / DC team then played. Later Metallica, The Police and U2 bands visited. Since its inception, the stadium has been modernized many times.
In 1959, pioneering artificial lighting was installed in the country, in 1962 a characteristic dispatcher tower, which did not exist today, stood. At the beginning of the 1970s, the facility was completed with a slag course. Since the 90s, the stadium has been gradually modernized. In 2017, a long-term reconstruction ended, which consumed PLN 700 million - as a result, the Silesian Stadium in Chorzów has nearly 55,000 seats and a roofing.
Stadion Śląski w Chorzowie fot. UMWSL T. Żak
The Silesian Stadium in Chorzów is open to the public. As part of the tour, tourists will enter the stadium's main arena, pass the competition tunnel to the locker room, and watch the exhibition "The Power of Emotions. Silesian Stadium 1956-2017 "and visit the police station located there.
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