Lublin seeks design partner for 20,000-seat speedway stadium

The City of Lublin in Poland has launched a search to secure a partner to design a new speedway stadium that will have a capacity of up to 20,000.

While speedway will be the main remit of the stadium, which will be fully enclosed by a roof, Lublin officials are seeking that the facility fulfils a multi-purpose remit. To this end, other motorsport disciplines will be targeted, with “complementary” functions listed as concerts and arts events, equestrian, volleyball, handball and basketball, along with business conferences.

Design studios have been asked to register their interest in drawing up plans for a venue of between 17,000 and 20,000 capacity to Lublin City Hall by April 5. They will be asked to adapt an initial concept (pictured) drawn up by Poznan-based Kavoo Invest back in 2019, with the project reportedly set to cost up to PLN200m (£34m/€41.2m/$45.1m) to develop.

“The main function will still be a speedway stadium for the organisation of sports events, also of international rank on behalf of motorsport disciplines,” said Lublin City Hall spokeswoman Joanna Stryczewska, according to the Spotted Lublin website.

“However, to ensure its operation throughout the year, the facility is to be designed as a multi-functional facility enabling the organisation of other events, including team sport competitions.”

As the stadium is set to be an indoor facility, “industry solutions” are planned for ventilation of fumes created during motorsport events. In addition to the stadium, the surrounding riverside area will also be redeveloped into a park and recreational zone.

The company chosen by the City will be granted 18 months to prepare their design documentation, with officials hoping to choose a design partner by the summer. Stryczewska said: “During this (18-month) time, the designer will be obliged to present a conceptual design that will adapt the current concept of the stadium to the new spatial conditions at ul. Krochmalnej, along with the development of the riverside area and maintaining its values.”

The project will then need to go through various approval stages before construction can begin, meaning 2026 is being targeted as a delivery date. Questioned on financing plans, Stryczewska said: “Various possible scenarios of financing… are (being) taken into account by obtaining funding from the Ministry of Sport, in the form of a public-private partnership or issuing revenue bonds.

“The decision on the final financing model for the construction of the stadium will be made at a later stage, after the design of the facility has been developed.”

Image: Kavoo Invest