Done in 60 Seconds

There may be some criticism coming over the construction efforts of the stadia and infrastructure in preparation for the Euro 2012 football championships next summer, with disputes ranging from the likelihood of stadia to be ready in Ukraine to workers preparing new motorways not being paid. However, a positive for the Polish preparations at least seems to be the stadium renovations and building. The most recent completion of the tournament stadia (following those in Poznań and Warsaw) has been completion of the new stadium in Gdańsk, Arena Bałtycka (which will be known as the PGE Arena Gdańsk following the tournament next summer).

The original artists impression looked quite nice, and supposedly is based on designs on a few German football stadia in Gelsenkirchen and Hannover particularly. And until early 2009, the site in Gdańsk was little more than a hole in the ground. However, within the next two years a stadium of 44,000 would arise from nothing.

In the following Youtube link, you can see how this hole in the ground progressed to a fully grown stadium over the space of two years. Over the 60 second video, you get to see a camera view, taken almost at the same time each day as the cranes move in with other supporting machinery. As the days, months and seasons whizz by, it’s interesting to see that it takes a little while for the actual construction to begin (approximately 4 months – 10 seconds on the video playtime), but from there the construction zips along. One year later in mid 2010, the majority of the stadium structure is there with the roof being applied. However, from there, things slow a little – presumably as more interal works proceeds which is not always viewable on the video. The finishing touches of the outer golden layer applied in April 2011 make the curves and shapes shine.

Arena Bałtycka construction in 60 seconds

The final pictures from July 15th (just over a week ago), show the stadium standing in strong sunlight, and show it off to its best.

For anyone interested in such ‘super-structures’, this video can be an interesting insight to the process, although of course there are much parts of the process which are mundane and boring. However, when it results in such a final building, it should be seen as being worth it.

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3 thoughts on “Done in 60 Seconds

  1. jst says:

    Polish stadiums, the biggest botch-up of Modern Europe

  2. dave_dc says:

    Cool video. One thing that makes me wonder – it looks like at least on one side, everyone has to go through a tunnel to exit the stadium – either that of play “Frogger” trying to cross the busy street immediately adjacent. Is this true all the way around the stadium? I wonder if that is safe.

  3. Wiktor says:

    Yeah, I was there yesterday.
    However unschooled in the intricacies of modern stadia I am, it made an impression on the lay me.

    A few observations:
    – only the upper part of the stands has any railings along the aisle stairs; don’t know whether the lower ones will have any fitted, but it looked awfully like it was begging for an accident (someone slipping/pushing from above resulting in a domino-like fall)
    – the rows are packed (to my non-expert eyes, let me restate), the person behind you is almost resting their knees on the back of your head (if a slight exaggeration); I would be uncomfortable in a drunken crowd, expecting to be kicked in the back of my head (but then again, I don’t frequent football matches, so that’s not my concern, is it)
    – currently no rubbish bins;

    + seemed like there was a decent enough CCTV coverage
    + aesthetics
    + looked like a good view from practically any height
    + a parking for bikes (with a roof)

    About getting there:
    * quite a few parking places (i.e. 2171 cars & 74 coaches, site says), with 3 (or was it 4?) separate parkings, with 2 (3?) entrances (to the parkings, no the stadium itself, that is); I’m going by memory here, so sorry for the lack of definite data (a brief browse yielded no result)
    * there’s a tram line and I suspect there’ll be buses set up for the tournament itself. There’s also talk of reactivating a train line running to Nowy Port, although quite frankly I think this won’t come through. Overall, getting there by public transport shan’t be a problem – navigation-wise, it WILL be quite crowded I suspect (and plain unpleasant, once people’s nerves get going due to crowds/delays/alcohol).
    * getting there by car could be quite a different story. The street directly next to the stadium, Marynarki Polskiej, has been renovated in the last few years, and it’s a two-lane affair. Currently, it could be getting jammed on Jana z Kolna, but they’re just widening that to a two-lane as well (although not along its whole length, from what I could gather). So the approach from the city centre should be rather tractable. We’ll see about the approach from Al. Gen. Józefa Hallera (or just: Hallera), as it’s a two-lane, but you’d be turning into a single-lane Uczniowska on the last leg of the way. I don’t think they’ll be doing much to that, as there’s a bridge going over the above-mentioned railway tracks. You could also try Jana Kochanowskiego, but it’s also a single-lane and I can bet it’ll be packed with people who’ll want to outsmart all those cwaniaki from Marynarki Polskiej.

    Personally, if – by some miraculous twist of fate – I get the chance to watch the games on the stadium, I’ll be taking the tram (bus).

    As for the “Frogger” concern – I may have overlooked something, but no. People won’t be crowding out onto a busy street upon exiting, at least not according to the plans. What will actually happen is anybody’s guess ;)

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