Silesian Stadium picked as Euro 2020 candidate
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The Polish Football Association (PZPN) has picked the Silesian Stadium in southern Poland as a candidate for the Euro 2020 tournament.
The arena, which is located between the cities of Chorzow and Katowice, has joined the National Stadium in Warsaw as one of Poland's candidates, following a decision by PZPN's board on Wednesday.
“We're very pleased,” commented Miroslaw Sekula, executive leader of the Silesia region, in an interview with the Polish Press Agency (PAP).
“The stadium is back in the game. I hope that fans will be able to enjoy it while watching football in 2020,” he enthused.
UEFA is breaking with tradition and intends to spread the tournament across 13 European cities throughout the continent, instead of a clutch of venues in one or two countries.
Modernisation of the Silesian Stadium was launched in 2009, but the arena lost out to Warsaw, Poznan, Wroclaw and Gdansk in its bid to be a host for Euro 2012, which Poland co-organised with Ukraine.
Construction work was halted in 2011, but Sekula says that getting the stadium up to scratch for Euro 2020 will not be a problem.
Originally opened in 1956, the stadium has hosted over fifty matches by Poland's national side, and the venue has also hosted motorcycle speedway world championships. (nh)