The organising committee for this year’s edition of the European Games in Poland has struck a lease agreement with Stadion Miejski im. Henryka Reymana, the home of Ekstraklasa football club Wisła Kraków, for the duration of the multi-sport event.
The stadium is scheduled to host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games, which will run from June 21 to July 2. It will also stage rugby sevens matches during the event.
An agreement has been signed this week for the EG 2023 organising committee to lease control of the stadium for a month-long period, from June 8 to July 5.
Committee president Marcin Nowak and vice-president Michal Langer signed the agreement with Krzysztof Kowal, director of Zarząd Infrastruktury Sportowej w Krakowie (ZIS). The contract will amount to PLN1.95m (£369,000/€416,000/$441,000) for the lease period, ZIS confirmed.
The stadium, which is owned by the City of Kraków, is currently undergoing renovation work ahead of the Games. In December, the City awarded a contract for the work to construction company Eiffage Polska Bidownictwo.
The stadium underwent a complete redevelopment to its current capacity of around 33,000 to serve as a reserve venue for Poland’s co-hosting of UEFA Euro 2012 with Ukraine.
The new project is focusing on modernising the façade and HVAC installations related to ventilation, air conditioning and heating. As part of the works related to the façade, it is planned to replace windows and doors and improve the overall aesthetics, so that the building looks more impressive from the outside.
Following the signing of the agreement with EG 2023, Kowal said: “The stadium is being modernised. The deadline for completing the works is not threatened. The façade of the stadium will change, energy efficiency will be improved, ventilation units and other installations will be replaced.
“We will make the stadium available for almost a month. I hope that it will be a worthy arena for the event, which will showcase Kraków not only in Europe, but also in the world.”