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New Legia Stadium Awaits Kick Off
June 17, 2010   
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The first phase of building Warsaw’s new zl.460-million Legia soccer stadium is nearly complete. Three double-story roofed stands have gone up along Łazienkowska Street during the last 19 months.

Legia is one of two Warsaw clubs in Poland’s premiership Ekstraklasa soccer league and a succession of Warsaw mayoral candidates had been promising to build a new stadium for years.

The stadium, scheduled to be finished next year, stands out from the general run of Polish soccer stadiums. The folding chairs are virtually indestructible and glass barriers are being installed in place of the usual metal ones. Security has been a priority. The surveillance system and a system to identify spectators aim to ensure a family-friendly atmosphere and encourage fans to bring children to matches.

But there are several technical checks that need ticking off before supporters can use the new stands. These have to be completed in July, in time for the opening match with London’s Arsenal. The stadium will be able to accommodate 27,000 spectators when the Ekstraklasa season opens in August and there will be room for up to 31,800 once the western stand opens on Łazienkowska Street. The club board began a promotional campaign in April to encourage more people to come to the stadium.
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