Symbolic disassembly of grandstand seats marked the launch of modernization work - Completion scheduled for 2011

Today a consortium led by HOCHTIEF Polska officially began the construction works at the Śląski Stadium in Chorzów. By symbolically disassembling the grandstand seats the modernisation of the football arena was started.

The Śląski Stadium, which is located in the Provincial Culture and Leisure Park in Chorzów, will get a new roof over the grandstands. Also a new western grandstand will be built. The eastern one will be upgraded with separate access to VIP zones, food court and car parks. In order to ensure optimal daylight on the pitch turf and keep the spectator areas properly shaded, a lightweight roof structure was designed, which will be covered with bright translucent polycarbonate.

As a result of the work planned, the arena will more harmoniously fit into the surrounding landscape of the Culture and Leisure Park, while gaining compliance with applicable UEFA and FIFA standards. The project is scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of 2011. The revamped stadium will increase its capacity by 8,000 seats and thus become capable of providing sports entertainment to a total of 55,000 football fans.

"We will start our work in the upper sections of the arena, where we will disassemble the seats and the lighting towers. Next, we will demolish
the western grandstand and level the area for the newly designed grandstand. At the same time, preparations will start for construction works in the office building in the eastern part of the complex and we will concurrently be working on the facility's external utility connections", explains Mr Wojciech Jopkiewicz, Project Manager at HOCHTIEF Polska Branch in Kraków.

"We are past the design and contractor selection stage and we are setting off with the main part of the modernisation work. As it continues, everyone in the region will easily notice how stadium is changing. I believe that the schedule adopted is met and already in mid-2011 we will have one of the best multi-function arenas of Europe here," commented Mr Bogusław Śmigielski, the Marshal of the Silesian Province.