Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Four brand-new stadiums

Four more stadiums have been officially inaugurated, with the Arena Gdansk, the Municipal Stadium Wroclaw, the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv and the Arena Lviv receiving rave reviews when they opened their doors for the first time. Kyiv's renovated  Olympic Stadium, which will host five UEFA EURO 2012 matches including the final, was inaurated on 8 October with a vast theatrical production followed by a concert by the Colombian singer Shakira. "The whole country is celebrating a gift to all our people," said the president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych. The Arena Lviv, meanwhile, opened on 29 October with a concert by the American pop-star Anastacia. Over in Poland, Franszek Smuda's national side played their first game at the new Arena Gdansk on 6 September. Their 2-2 draw with Germany provided a memorable introduction to international football at the venue, which had opened in August. On 17 September, 30,000 people then enjoyed a George Michael concert to mark the official opening of the MunicipalStadium Wroclaw. The National Stadium Warsaw opened in December 2011 and Poland will play their first match at their new home on 29 February next year.

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