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Warsaw's Flagship National Stadium
March 5, 2008   
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The new National Stadium in Warsaw will have a transparent facade to give fans a view of the site's surroundings. The stadium will have an original roof. The stands will have a permanent roof and the pitch a light "umbrella" roofing that will unfold from the inside out.

The preliminary design of the National Stadium was officially unveiled by Sports and Tourism Minister Mirosław Drzewiecki. The designers, from the JSK Architekci company, unveiled a scale model. The stadium facade is supposed to resemble a fluttering Polish flag. The new stadium will be built on the existing embankment of the Dziesięciolecia Stadium. The pitch will be about eight meters higher than today, with an underground parking lot for about 1,700 cars. Existing tunnels will provide access to the garage.

The National Stadium will have a seating capacity of about 55,000. The stands will have 860 seats reserved for the press, 2,000 "premium" seats for special guests, seats for the disabled, and a VIP gallery for about 900. Locker rooms and facilities for players along with conference rooms and total usable space of 130,000 sq m will be located under the stand.

Drzewiecki said that in the future the stadium would become a sports center to house a museum, a fan club and the headquarters of Polish sports unions.

He also said that, although the present design provides for a soccer stadium, there would be no obstacles in transforming it in the future into a multifunction facility, an option being sought by many sports organizations. The stadium could be adapted to have an athletics track installed. Construction of the stadium will start in March next year, to be completed in the fall of 2011.

In June 2012, the National Stadium will be the venue of the opening match of the UEFA European soccer championships, co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine.

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