|The facility will be able to hold 15,000 people|
Courtesy of Estudio Lamela
City Stadium in Lublin (Stadion Miejski w Lublinie), designed by Spanish architectural firm Estudio Lamela, will be one of the most important investments in Poland’s southeastern region, Lublin City Hall said.
Valued at zł.125 million, the stadium will have the capacity to hold 15,000 spectators. It will include facilities including changing rooms, VIP rooms, press rooms, a gym, a restaurant and catering facilities, a television and broadcasting area, as well as a large shopping area. The facility is expected to open as soon as autumn 2014.
The stadium will comply with all UEFA and Polish Football Association (PZPN) rules and will have the highest rating possible issued by the PZPN.
Additionally, the project includes a revamping of the area surrounding the stadium. The post-industrial area which was once home to a sugar refinery, will host two training fields, athletics tracks, a parking lot and a park near the Bystrzyca River.
Not just for sports
Pierluca Roccheggiani, the managing director for Estudio Lamela in Poland, said the project is a new kind of investment, because the arena will not just focus on soccer, but will also incorporate other services and facilities.
Ms Roccheggiani said the investment is sustainable because it entails the “reactivation” of an old and abandoned industrial area.
The stadium will also give Lublin the opportunity to host events such as concerts, sports matches and recitals. The company says the “low profile” of the facility’s architecture will encourage the revitalization of the area as a whole.
Lublin on the map
Lublin City Hall says it is proud that the stadium will be located in the city.
“For us this is a key investment, which will not only put us on the map of Poland, but put us on the map internationally,” said Beata Krzyżanowska, spokesperson for Lublin City Hall.
She added that the stadium will not only ensure that the city hosts sport events, but also concerts, festivals and other cultural events.
She added that the stadium is of great value because of the commercial aspect.
“It is an attractive investment because it will provide a fitness area, a gym, as well as practice fields, and shops,” Ms Krzyżanowska said.
About Estudio Lamela
Estudio Lamela is one of Spain’s largest architectural firms, boasting a portfolio of over 1,600 projects carried out since it was founded over 50 years ago.
Estudio Lamela functions is most fields of architecture, such as transportation, sports, offices, residential space, urban planning, health facilities and hotels. Currently the company employs over 70 professionals.
The firm has received more than 50 first prizes and honorable mentions in national and international competitions.
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