Located in the Maslice district just north-west of the city centre, Wrocław’s impressive stadium was built before the Euro 2012 football championships and immediately hailed as an aesthetic and engineering marvel (as far as sports arenas go). Designed by the Polish wing of Germany’s JSK Architekten, the working title of the 729 million złoty (about 164 million Euro) project was ‘Stadium-Lantern’ for its highly-recognisable shape and the visual effect created by its unique and innovative semi-transparent façade. Covered in Teflon-coated glass-fibre mesh, light is actually able to pass through the external walls, the colour of which can be changed using a specially designed and highly sophisticated lighting system. The design also includes an outdoor promenade around the stadium, complete with benches to complete the city-park effect, and easy approaches from both the north and south.
Today the stadium is home to local (and rather successful) side Śląsk Wrocław, is transformed into an ice rink in winter, and plays host to the occasional colossal concert event. With 42,771 seats, all of them covered, the stadium also carries 36 catering points, VIP boxes, a fitness and wellness club, office spaces and conference facilities, making it one of the most modern and multifunctional structures in Lower Silesia.
Making its debut to the world during the internationally televised World Heavyweight boxing fight between Ukrainian title holder Vitali Klitschko and Polish challenger Tomasz Adamek on September 10th, 2011 (Klitschko successfully defended his title, of course), the stadium has already become a highly-recognisable part of the Wrocław’s landscape. When there's no event, you can visit daily from 10:00 - 18:00, but access is limited; full tours of the complex can be arranged by phone. Get there easily via trams 10 and 20.