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FCC to build four football stadiums in Poland

18/06/2009

FCC to build four football stadiums in Poland

  • The four contracts are worth a total of 515 million euro

ALPINE, FCC's Austrian construction subsidiary, has landed a fourth football stadium construction contract in Poland, this time in Krakow. This contract is worth over 35 million euro.

After obtaining contracts to build stadiums in Gdansk and Posen, and the National Stadium in Warsaw, this new contract strengthens FCC's international profile and puts it in the vanguard in the construction of large sports facilities worldwide. The four contracts together amount to 515 million euro.

The existing stadium in downtown Krakow, home to Poland's oldest football club (est. 1906), will be completely converted and rebuilt. The stadium currently has 7,000 seats, of which 1,100 are roofed. The tribunes date from 1912 and were built on an earth wall.

The new stadium, designed by Spanish firm Arquitectos Lamela, will have 15,500 seats, and the tribunes will be replaced by modern tiers in reinforced concrete, partially roofed. The new façade will be decorated with light-coloured tiles and the lovely historic view of the Wawel Hill will not be obstructed.

Approximately 15,000 m3 of concrete and 1,700 tons of steel will be required in the project. The lighting is to be mounted on the roof at a height of 10-19 metres.

Since the stadium will also be used for the 2012 European Championship, construction will fulfil all UEFA standards.

In addition to football, the stadium will also be equipped as a venue for other events, e.g. concerts, shows, etc., since part of the west tribune can be removed and converted to a large stage.

The stadium will be playable in October 2010. The contract also includes the construction of an office and shopping centre, which should be completed by the end of November 2011.

Experience in stadium construction

ALPINE has extensive experience in executing large-scale stadium projects, gaining highest competence on an international scale in the construction of sports facilities.

Following the construction of the Allianz Arena in Munich, which hosted the opening ceremony of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and is one of the world's most spectacular sports venues, In Austria, ALPINE built the Wörthersee-Stadion (Klagenfurt) and expanded the Stadion Tivoli (Innsbruck) and the Wals-Siezenheim stadium (Salzburg) for the Euro 2008 Football Championship. And it recently completed the Dubai Cricket Stadium in the world's biggest sports centre.

FCC also has broad experience building football stadiums in Spain. It remodelled and expanded the Santiago Bernabéu and Vicente Calderón stadiums, in Madrid, and Nou Camp, in Barcelona; and it built the Sardinero football stadium, in Santander, Ciudad Deportiva Joan Camper, for Barcelona, Real Madrid's new training ground, in Valdebebas, and the new pitch for Español, in Cornellà; it is currently building the new stadium for Valencia Club de Fútbol.

ALPINE operates worldwide. With 3.5 billion euro in construction revenues in 2008 and approximately 15,530 employees, ALPINE is Austria's second-largest construction group.