The Polish city of Lublin has begun a public consultation after unveiling designs for its planned new 18,570-capacity speedway stadium.
The venue, which has been developed by the local authority, Kavoo Invest and Wesoły and Partners Constructions, is designed to meet the requirements for an array of motorsports events as well as championship athletics, basketball, equestrian sports and volleyball.
The arena would be built on a 115,000 sq. m2 area adjacent to the Bystrzyca River flood embankment. It would be fully roofed, with a membrane structure designed to dissipate noise. A machine park also located at the venue will allow the main source of noise to be left next to the existing road system.
The designed speedway track will be 343m long , and is equipped to meet the requirements of the regulations of the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) and the Polish Motor Association. It can be used for speedway, supercross, karting, drifting, freestyle MotoCross and mini speedway.
The central area would be used to host other sports and events, including fairs and concerts.
“We are starting consultations on a new sports and recreation facility that will enable the city to organise competitions of many sports disciplines at the highest international level,” said Krzysztof Żuk, Mayor of Lublin.
“Lublin will gain a chance not only to host the speedway Grand Prix on a regular basis, but also the Volleyball League of Nations or continental championship tournaments. The new hall will also be an attractive place for cultural events, primarily large music concerts of the most popular performers. As part of the investment, as a component of the revitalization of the Bystrzyca river valley, a park and recreation space for residents will also be created, along with a canoe marina and new footbridges over the river.”
A public consultation, which runs until December 15, allows Lublin residents to comment on both the stadium plan and an adjacent recreational area.
Officials said the shape of the new facility is to harmoniously blend in with the terrain around it. It will be raised above the ground level and planted with new vegetation, including high-growing plants, which over time will begin to grow on the façade of the stadium.
An openwork form with greenery plantings will be adopted by a four-storey car park with approximately 600 parking spaces in the north-eastern part of the plot. An additional 200 parking spaces will be available in the car park under the stands, designed above the level of the groundwater table.
The stadium will feature sports, recreation and administration facilities. Sports facilities for competitions other than speedway have been designed on the ground floor of the Main Stand. There will be two women’s and two men’s locker rooms, for coaches and judges, wellness rooms, including a gym and sauna, competition service offices, anti-doping control room and a medical room.
Earlier this year, the City said various strategies are being explored to fund the project, including through gaining financing from the Ministry of Sport or in the form of a public-private partnership.