|Full name||Silesian Stadium|
(pl. Stadion ?l?ski)
|Location||ul. Katowicka 10|
|Owner||Silesian Regional Assembly|
|Operator||Stadion ?l?ski Sp. z o.o.|
|Record attendance||130,000 (1973 Speedway World Championship|
2 September 1973)
|Field size||105 x 68 m|
|Opened||22 July 1956|
1 October 2017
|Construction cost||c. 650 million PLN|
c. 155 million EUR
|Poland national football team (1956-2009, 2018- )|
The Stadion ?l?ski (English: Silesian Stadium) is a sport stadium located on the premises of Silesian Park in Chorzów, Poland. The stadium has a fully covered capacity of 55,211, after a recent refurbishment completed in October 2017. The stadium hosted many Polish national football team matches and for many decades was Poland's national stadium. After the National Stadium in Warsaw had been completed, the Silesian Stadium lost that role. The stadium was not in operation between 2009 and 2017 due to its ongoing reconstruction.
In 1950, as a part of an ambitious project to build Silesian Park, plans for Silesian Stadium were drawn up by Julian Brzuchowski. Construction began in 1951, and the stadium opened in 1956. The stadium was inaugurated on 22 July 1956 with a match against East Germany.
In 1993, the stadium officially was branded as Polish national stadium, due to the state of the venue in Warsaw. The stadium regularly hosted football matches, as well as concerts and other events.
From 2009, the stadium underwent modernization which included the construction of a 43,000 square metre roof, new stands, lighting, video screens and an improved sound system. The speedway track has been replaced with a traditional track that will allow Chorzów to host international athletics events. The new roof collapsed in 2011 putting project on hold. Though originally planned to be completed by autumn 2011 for 415 million z?oty, the finishing touches were only completed in 2017 costing around 650 million z?oty.
|1||22 July 1956||Poland - GDR||0-2||90 000|
|2||20 October 1957||Poland - USSR||2-1||100 000|
|3||11 May 1958||Poland - Ireland||2-2||80 000|
|4||14 September 1958||Poland - Hungary||1-3||90 000|
|5||28 June 1959||Poland - Spain||2-4||100 000|
|6||8 November 1959||Poland - Finland||6-2||22 000|
|7||26 June 1960||Poland - Bulgaria||4-0||25 000|
|8||25 June 1961||Poland - Yugoslavia||1-1||100 000|
|9||5 November 1961||Poland - Denmark||5-0||10 000|
|10||10 October 1962||Poland - Northern Ireland||0-2||50 000|
|11||2 June 1963||Poland - Romania||1-1||40 000|
|12||23 May 1965||Poland - Scotland||1-1||80 000|
|13||3 May 1966||Poland - Hungary||1-1||95 000|
|14||5 July 1966||Poland - England||0-1||70 000|
|15||21 May 1967||Poland - Belgium||3-1||65 000|
|16||24 April 1968||Poland - Turkey||8-0||35 000|
|17||30 October 1968||Poland - Ireland||1-0||18 000|
|18||7 September 1969||Poland - Netherlands||2-1||85 000|
|19||14 October 1970||Poland - Albania||3-0||10 000|
|20||6 June 1973||Poland - England||2-0||90 000|
|21||26 September 1973||Poland - Wales||3-0||90 000|
|22||10 September 1975||Poland - Netherlands||4-1||85 000|
|23||24 March 1976||Poland - Argentina||1-2||60 000|
|24||21 September 1977||Poland - Denmark||4-1||80 000|
|25||29 October 1977||Poland - Portugal||1-1||80 000|
|26||4 April 1979||Poland - Hungary||1-1||60 000|
|27||2 May 1979||Poland - Netherlands||2-0||85 000|
|28||26 September 1979||Poland - GDR||1-1||70 000|
|29||6 June 1980||Poland - Czechoslovakia||1-1||45 000|
|30||2 May 1981||Poland - GDR||1-0||80 000|
|31||2 September 1981||Poland - Germany||0-2||70 000|
|32||22 May 1983||Poland - USSR||1-1||75 000|
|33||11 September 1985||Poland - Belgium||0-0||75 000|
|34||16 November 1985||Poland - Italy||1-0||20 000|
|35||19 October 1988||Poland - Albania||1-0||35 000|
|36||11 October 1989||Poland - England||0-0||35 000|
|37||25 October 1989||Poland - Sweden||0-2||15 000|
|38||29 May 1993||Poland - England||1-1||65 000|
|39||2 April 1997||Poland - Italy||0-0||32 000|
|40||31 May 1997||Poland - England||0-2||30 000|
|41||27 May 1998||Poland - Russia||3-1||8 000|
|42||31 March 1999||Poland - Sweden||0-1||28 000|
|43||1 September 2001||Poland - Norway||3-0||43 000|
|44||6 October 2001||Poland - Ukraine||1-1||25 000|
|45||29 March 2003||Poland - Hungary||0-0||47 000|
|46||10 September 2003||Poland - Sweden||0-2||20 000|
|47||8 September 2004||Poland - England||1-2||45 000|
|48||3 September 2005||Poland - Austria||3-2||45 000|
|49||31 May 2006||Poland - Colombia||1-2||40 000|
|50||11 October 2006||Poland - Portugal||2-1||45 000|
|51||17 November 2007||Poland - Belgium||2-0||47 000|
|52||1 June 2008||Poland - Denmark||1-1||35 000|
|53||11 October 2008||Poland - Czech Republic||2-1||47 000|
|54||5 September 2009||Poland - Northern Ireland||1-1||45 000|
|55||14 October 2009||Poland - Slovakia||0-1||4 000|
|1||27 March 2018||Poland - South Korea||3-2||53 129|
|2||11 October 2018||Poland - Portugal||2-3||48 783|
|3||14 October 2018||Poland - Italy||0-1||41 692|
|4||11 November 2020||Poland - Ukraine||2-0||20 000|
|5||18 November 2020||Poland - Netherlands||1-2||0|
Numerous Ekstraklasa matches have been played - mostly by the local team Ruch Chorzów, especially for the Great Silesian Derby matches against neighbours Górnik Zabrze due to extra interest from the fans. As it used to be the only national stadium with such a large capacity in the country for numerous years, Polish Cup matches have been frequently hosted there too, especially the final matches.
The football pitch at the Silesia Stadium used to be surrounded by a 384 metres (420 yards) long Motorcycle speedway track. The first World Final held at the stadium in 1973, was run in front of the largest crowd in world speedway history. English speedway 'golden boy' Peter Collins won the 1976 World Final at Silesian.
Ivan Mauger won the 1979 World Final at the stadium. Silesian also hosted the Final of the 1974 Speedway World Team Cup, won by England, as well as the Final of both the 1978 and 1981 World Pairs Championships.
In 1967, the Silesian Stadium hosted the Polish Athletics Championships. In 1969, during an athletics tournament between Poland, East Germany and Soviet Union, Nadezhda Chizhova became the first woman in history to break the 20 metre barrier in shot put, setting the world record at 20.09m. In 2010, an official bid to organize the World Athletics Championships in Chorzów was submitted, however, the city lost to Beijing in the selection process.
The Slaski Stadium has a Mondo Sportflex Super X 720 track that was laid down in 2017, which has features similar to other Mondo surfaces which were used for the last two World Athletics Championships as well as the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Between 9-10 June 2018, the 11th Polish Summer Paralympic Games took place at the Silesian Stadium. On 22 August 2018, the stadium was chosen to host the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial, which attracted 41,200 spectators.
Silesian Stadium has hosted large music concerts in its history by many artists and groups including The Rolling Stones, Metallica, Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, U2, Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Iron Maiden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Genesis, The Police, Behemoth, Rammstein, Slipknot, Machine Head.