Poland's biggest indoor arena is
Thanks to its maximum seating capacity of 18,000 or
so, the Krakow Arena aka Tauron Arena easily surpasses in size any other indoor
stadium in Poland
and ranks among Europe’s largest venues of this type. It also beats other domes
on other counts, such as novelty or versatility.
Krakow Arena was constructed in the years 2011 to
2014, at a cost of 363 million PLN (Polish zloty). Meant mainly as a venue for
varied sporting events, it may actually host events of almost any kind from
trade fairs to music concerts to
congresses. Its seating capacity varies from
11,554 for track and field meetings to about 18,000 in the case of a boxing
match and other events with a central stage. As regards basketball, volleyball,
team handball, indoor football (futsal), ice hockey, tennis, sports gymnastics,
etc. - the Krakow Arena can seat 15,328 spectators.
Early in 2015 the city's flagship sports venue has got the
official sponsor and, in consequence, been renamed Tauron Arena
Trade fairs may consist of 230 stands measuring 3 m
x 3 m.
Organizing an event in the Krakow Arena isn’t cheap
as renting it may cost to the tune of 100,000 PLN per day.
A second, smaller dome abuts the
Tauron Arena Krakow. With seating capacity of just 304, it’s meant
mostly as a training hall or an auxiliary facility but may host
minor events as well.
Location and accessibility of the
Tauron Arena Krakow is situated under five
kilometers (three miles) to the east from the city’s central Old
Town district. It’s equidistant from two thruways linking
downtown with Nowa Huta area and a newly built four-lane artery
connects the site with both.
The car park can accommodate 1342 vehicles.