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Stadion Miejski im. Henryka Reymana

Kraków, Lesser Poland

Home of the Wisła Kraków

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Stadion Miejski im. Henryka Reymana (map it)
ul. Reymonta 22
Kraków, Lesser Poland 30-059
Poland


Wisła Kraków website

Stadion Miejski im. Henryka Reymana website

Year Opened: 1953

Capacity: 33,268

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Polish Power - Wisła Kraków

The Stadion Miejski im. Henryka Reymana is a football (soccer) stadium in Kraków, Poland. It is the home ground of one of the best teams in Poland, Wisła Kraków. As of the 2013–14 season, the football team plays in the Ekstraklasa, the highest football division in Poland.

In May 1953, the current stadium was opened right next to the old stadium, making this the third edition of Wisła stadiums. Since its opening, it had a racetrack that encircled the football pitch. The main original characteristic feature of this building was called the "Brandenburg Gate", which was located in one of the stands behind the goal. In 1972, the stadium got floodlights.

On 29 October 1976, the Stadion Miejski recorded its largest crowd ever, when Wisła Kraków played against Celtic FC in the UEFA Cup; it was watched by about 45,000 spectators. Wisła won the game by 2-0.

Between 2003–2011, the stadium was completely reconstructed. Four new stands with media facilities were built. The rebuilding of the stadium was completed in October 2011. The stadium is an all-seater, and all stands are completely roofed. Wisła's home stadium is the fourth largest arena in the Polish Ekstraklasa. Nowadays, the Stadion Miejski can house 33,268 spectators.

In April 2007, it was announced that the organizers of the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship were Poland and Ukraine. Kraków was appointed to be a reserve city this event. During the tournament, the Dutch national team used the Stadion Miejski as their training ground. No match during the tournament was played here.

(Note: all price conversions are as of June 2013.)

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

There are plenty of vending points inside the stadium where you can buy your food and beverages. The prices are really cheap: 0.4 litre Tyskie beer - 6 zł (€1.40, $1.90), 0.5 litre Pepsi or 7-Up - 6 zł (€1.40, $1.90), Chips - 5 zł (€1.20, $1.60), bottle of still water 0.5 litre- 4 zł (€0.95, $1.25), or hamburger and Pepsi combo - 15 zł (€3.50, $4.70).

Atmosphere    3

We visited the Wisła Kraków v. Zagłębie Lubin match, which was the last round of the Polish football season. Legia Warsaw were already champions, and Wisła ended this poor season as 7th place in the Ekstraklasa. Nevertheless, 13,704 spectators showed up at this last match. The Wisła Sharks made some good atmosphere during the whole match. They were fired on by their "kapo" with a megaphone and the singing was accompanied by 2 big drums. I think, by Polish standards, the atmosphere was below average, but for my standards it was rather good.

Neighborhood    4

The Stadion Miejski is situated some 2 kilometers west of Kraków's historic city center. The East Stand has been built with its back to Jordana Park, and the South Stand is next to the Błonia Park, the latter of which is a vast meadow with an area of 48 hectares. Today, Błonia Park is a recreation area, frequently hosting large events like concerts and exhibitions. The place is best known for great Masses celebrated by the Pope John Paul II in 1979, 1983, 1987, 1997, and 2002.

Fans    3

Polish fans are mostly known for violence towards supporters of the opposing team. During our match, the atmosphere before and after the match was better than expected. We only saw just a few police cars and a couple of stewards. The away fans are housed in a special segregated section of the South Stand. Zagłębie Lubin brought around 300 away fans to this match, and all told, we encountered no problems.

Access    3

The stadium can be reached by foot from the historic city centre. The walk from the main market square will take you about 20 to 25 minutes. From Kraków's main railway station, take tram 15 in front of the station, get off at Reymana. Before buying a ticket, you need to have a Fan Card, which can be obtained in the "Strefa Kibica" (ticket office), which is located in the northeast corner of the stadium. This Fan Card costs you 10 zł (€2.35, $3.15). Please come early to avoid long queues in the ticket office.

Return on Investment    3

Tickets for Polish football in the Ekstraklasa are very cheap and vary from 10 zł (€2.35, $3.15) for a seat behind one of the goals, to the most expensive tickets 50 zł (€11.75, $15.75) for a seat in the middle of the main (West) stand. The Wisła Kraków v. Zagłębie Lubin match was a rather poor match; the away team scored the 0-1 in the last 10 minutes of the game by a penalty kick.

Extras    0

There are no notable extras at the Stadion Miejski.

Final Thoughts

When you stay in Kraków for a city trip and have seen all the points of interest, like the Stare Miasko (historic city center), Wawel castle, Wieliczkaski salt mine, and concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, and you have still time left, then consider to visit a football match in Poland. In Kraków, you can visit a home match of Wisła or Cracovia Kraków. Both grounds are located in the same part of the city, and less than 500 meters separate these grounds. Be aware which team is playing when you decide to visit a football match, but you will be thrilled by the vibrant ambiance!

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