Something to get you in the mood as we move ever nearer to the summer showpiece tournament, and no we’re not talking about the damn Olympics!
The National Stadium football stadium in Warsaw, Poland on the site of the former 10th-Anniversary Stadium.
The new stadium has a seating capacity of 58,500. Its construction started in 2008 and finished in November 2011. The stadium has a unique retractable PVC roof which unfolds from a nest on a needle suspended above the centre of the pitch.
The retractable roof is similar to BC Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada and Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany.
The national stadium is due to host the opening match (a group match), remaining 2 group matches, a quarterfinal, and a semifinal of the UEFA Euro 2012 hosted jointly by Poland and Ukraine.
Along with the stadium the plans include constructing a general purpose indoor sports arena with places for 20,000 spectators, an Olympic-size swimming pool for 4,000 spectators, an aquatic park, hotel, conference center, as well as catering and service facilities.
The construction will be followed by a complete refurbishment of the nearby Warsaw Stadium railway station and the opening of a subway station and a segment of the second line of the Warsaw Metro linking the area with the city center. The grounds are owned by the national government, thus the investment will be financed by it, rather than the city of Warsaw.