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Poland’s match moved due to roof malfunction at National Stadium

The National Stadium in Warsaw has been temporarily closed due to a flaw discovered in the steel line construction of the roof during a routine annual inspection. The Stadium, which cost PLN 2 bn (over EUR 427 mln), was built for the Euro 2012 tournament, which was jointly organised by Poland and Ukraine at the time.

Due to the National Stadium’s closure, the Poland-Chile friendly match scheduled for November 16, 2022 has been moved to the Legia Warsaw Stadium. The match is the last test of the Polish team before they leave for Qatar World Cup the following day.

Moving the game to a smaller stadium means that not all ticket holders will be able to watch the game live at the stadium. Ticket sales for the Poland-Chile match at the National Stadium amounted to 44 thousand seats. The Legia Stadium can hold only 31 thousand people, hence 13 thousand ticket holders are bound to be disappointed, although they will receive a full refund.

Safety first

Poland’s Sport Minister Kamil Bortniczuk said on Saturday in an interview with RMF FM private radio station that the decision to close the stadium had been made after the discovery of the construction flaw.

According to the Minister, the flaw has been discovered in a huge steel element, the size of a sedan vehicle, and the crack in the element has been growing since the time the first measurements were taken.

Therefore, despite the upcoming Poland-Chile match, a decision has been made to temporarily close the stadium to ensure safety.


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