Warsaw’s Euro 2012 stadium ready for 1st match

All security concerns have been addressed and the stadium that

will host the opening match of this year’s European Championship is

ready to stage its first game, Warsaw’s mayor said Tuesday.

The announcement was a major breakthrough for a stadium that is

modern and imposing in its size and design, able to seat 58,000

people and with a roof that can open and close – but which has been

beset by delays and questiosn about its safety.

Poland will play Portugal in a friendly at the National Stadium

in Warsaw on Feb. 29. The venue will host Poland’s opening game of

Euro 2012 against Greece on June 8.

The stadium was due to host a Poland Super Cup match earlier

this month but it was scrapped when police said they were unable to

guarantee security because of communication problems inside the


Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz said the problems have been

addressed and the police have now given their approval for the

stadium to be used.

The head of the Polish football association, Grzegorz Lato, said

he was hopeful that the stadium would also stage another event

before it is handed over to UEFA on May 9.

”I am really happy that the national representation will

finally play at the National Stadium and that we will be able to

test how everything works there,” Lato said.

The stadium was opened Jan. 29, six months behind schedule,

following a series of glitches in construction that began in 2008.

It was build on the site of a communist-era stadium that in its

final years was used as a huge market place.