The Stadium History
"Taking into consideration your efforts for gaining the right to organize the European Football Championships 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, I would like, on behalf of Gdańsk inhabitants, to ensure you that we are ready take the responsibility and the honour related to the co-organization of such a prestigious football event"
On the 30th November 2004, the Mayor of the City of Gdansk – Paweł Adamowicz – wrote in a letter to the then President of PZPN (Polish Football Association), Michał Listkiewicz: "Taking into consideration your efforts for gaining the right to organize the European Football Championships 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, I would like, on behalf of Gdańsk inhabitants, to ensure you that we are ready take the responsibility and the honour related to the co-organization of such a prestigious football event". In such a way the history of the Stadion Energa Gdańsk has started.
Gdańsk began its preparations to be the host city for Euro 2012 long before Michel Platini announced in April 2007, in Cardiff, that Poland and Ukraine would jointly organize The European Football Championships in 2012.
In March 2008, a contract with was signed with the designer – Rhode-Kellermann-Wawrowsky Design Office from Düsseldorf. The architects created the design of Stadion Energa Gdańsk, and meanwhile already in April, in the Letnica district of Gdańsk, the cleaning works began in the area designated for the construction site. On the 15th of December 2008, the first stage of construction works started, in the area where fruit and vegetable gardens used to be. They were mainly earthworks and melioration works, the purpose of which was to replace and thicken the ground where the stadium would be constructed.
On the 10th of April 2009, a contract was signed with the General Stadium Contractor, namely the Hydrobudowa Polska S.A. consortium On the , Hydrobudowa 9, Alpine Bau Deutschland AG Berlin, Alpine Bau GmbH Austria, Alpine Construction Polska Sp. z o.o. In July 2009, the foundations of the construction were being laid. In September, the first stands of the Stadion Energa Gdańsk had appeared. The construction works run smoothly and in November 2009 the reinforced concrete structure of the stadium reached its maximum height.
In spring 2010, the assembly of the first 82 steel frames began and they were the roof framework of theStadion Energa Gdańsk. On these frames, the characteristic, amber-colored polycarbonate slabs had been installed. The entire steel construction of the roof had to be supported by the prop tower system until it had been finished. In November 2010, the props were removed, and the roof structure of the Stadion Energa Gdańsk had become one of the most interesting constructions and the largest self-supporting structure in Europe.
On the 25th of May 2010, a year before the stadium was commissioned, the amber stadium had been given its new name. The rights to the name of the stadium were purchased by PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna, which signed a 35 million's PLN contract, and as a result, the Gdańsk stadium had been named as the PGE ARENA Gdańsk.
On the 24th of July 2010, a perch was lifted in the stadium, and on the 25th of November 2010, the first amber-colored slabs appeared on the stadium sheathing, and thus the installation of the polycarbonate board had began.
In March 2011, the process of laying the turf had commenced, and a month later, the stadium seats started to appear. At the beginning, the VIP seats were assembled – 1383 on the business stand and 496 at the boxes. Approximately 42k seats had been installed. In May, the entire polycarbonate facade had been completed. The large-size logos of the PGE ARENA Gdańsk had also been installed outside the facility.
In the 19th of July 2011,the Stadion Energa Gdańsk received the facility use permit. After almost a month, we invited football fans for the first match; thus Gdańsk as the only Polish city executed the plan, prepared by UEFA, to open a facility a year before Euro 2012 starts. The first go in the Stadion Energa Gdańsk took place on the 14th of August 2011 and it was played between Lechia Gdańsk and Cracovia as part of T-Mobile Ekstraklasa. 34 thousand football fans, who came not only from Gdańsk but all over Poland, took seats in the stadium.