Friday, February 17, 2012

Poland is ready

Poland is looking forward to UEFA EURO 2012 with excitement. The Arena Gdansk and the Municipal Stadium Wroclaw are the latest grounds to be inaugurated, with the National Stadium Warsaw to follow before the end of December. Away from the stadiums, visitors will also enjoy the benefits of the extensive work that has gone into improving the country's infrastructure for the finals. In the established Chopin airport, visitors to Warsaw will also be able to fly into the new Modlin airport, which has been built specifically for the tournament. The two airport will be linked by train, with the same railway line also serving Warsaw's official fan zone and the National Stadium.

Now that the Municipal Stadium Wroclaw and the Arena Gdansk are fully operational, both have already hosted major sports and entertainment events.

Wroclaw will be further boosted by a new line connecting the stadium to the city center and fan zone, and work on the city's new airport terminal is also nearing completion. Around the stadium, a new 35 km motorway will ensure that traffic flows freely on match days.

Elsewhere, the new Municipal Stadium Poznan is proving a massive hit more than 800,000 people having visited the ground since its opening on 20 September 2010, while modernisation work has greatly enhanced the terminal building at the city's Poznan - Lawica airport. Similarly, the new terminal building at Gdansk's Lech Walesa airport is functioning well and its capacity will increase from 2.5 to 5 million passengers next year. For Poland's tourist board, UEFA EURO 2012 is an excellent opportunity to promote the country, something they can now do using the tournament logo thanks to an agreement stuck with European football's governing body.

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