Stadion Energa Gdańsk: Lechia Gdańsk

Lechia Gdańsk, Pokoleń Lechii Gdańsk 1, 80-560 Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland
Jakub Murat (Muri) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

It’s fair to say that the Stadion Energa Gdańsk would almost certainly have been a stadium that most football supporters didn’t even know existed if it hadn’t been selected as the venue for the final of the 2020 Europa League. Its use came on the back of the Olympic Stadium in Baku having been the final venue the year before, though, so it was noteworthy for being easier to get to if nothing else. The home of Lechia Gdańsk wasn’t exactly high up on the list of priorities when ht came to stadium visits for most English football fans prior to 2020, but they at least had to Google it once it became clear that there was a chance that a team they support might end up playing a match there.

It is perhaps damning it with faint praise to suggest that the Europa League final is the only reason for the stadium to make an impression on football fans, though, when you consider that it is the third largest stadium in Poland. It took three years to build and cost a little over €200 million, hosting four Euro 2012 matches when the honour of doing so was shared between Poland and Ukraine. That included Germany’s 4-2 quarter-final victory over Greece and all three of Spain’s Group C matches earlier in the tournament. That was because it had been built with one eye on hosting the matches, being part of the Polish bid for the Championships.

Stats

Stadion Energa Gdańsk Stats
Year Opened2011
Capacity41,620
Average Attendance14,746
Record Attendance40,392 (Poland v Netherlands (2016))
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
Former NameBaltic Arena, PGE Arena Gdańsk, Arena Gdańsk, Stadion w Gdańsku Letnicy
OwnerCity of Gdańsk
SponsorEnerga SA
Clubs HostedLechia Gdańsk
First FixtureLechia Gdańsk v KS Cracovia (14/08/2011)
Lechia Gdańsk Stats
Year Founded1945
NicknameGdańskie Lwy (Gedanian Lions), Pasiaki (The stripes), Biało-Zieloni (White-Greens) Lechiści (Lechistas)
RivalsArka Gdynia
Previous StadiumsMOSiR Stadium
KitGreen & White Stripes (Home) / Dark Grey & Green (Away) / Red (Third)
Training GroundUnknown
Shirt SponsorEnerga
Team OwnerWroclawskie Centrum finansowo
Record GoalscorerRoman Rogocz (109)

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Stadion Energa Gdańsk Seating Plan & Where to Sit

As with most modern stadiums, the Stadion Energa Gdańsk is designed in a bowl style of continuous seating. The bowl runs around the perimeter of the pitch and the seating is split into two tiers.

Lechia Gdańsk Ticket Prices

Ticket prices for Lechia Gdańsk matches vary year-on-year, so if you want the latest information then your best bet is to contact the club directly.

How To Get Lechia Gdańsk Tickets

The club’s website gives you plenty of information about purchasing tickets, which you can do directly from them. You don’t need a fan card to do so and can pick up tickets from the club’s fanstore, at the stadium’s ticket office and via numerous partnership points.

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Getting To Stadion Energa Gdańsk

Train - A train journey from London to Gdańsk will take about 22 hours, boasting as many as 7 changes depending on the route you take. Far more likely is the notion of flying into Poland and then heading to the stadium from within the country itself. It’s about 3 miles from the Gdańsk train station and tram number 10 will take you there.

Bus - There is a stop right outside the stadium where the Węzeł Harfa 01 stops, with the AmberExpo 01 and 02 also stopping nearby.

Car - The Stadion Energa Gdańsk is just off the 91 motorway.

By Air - There are a number of airports that serve the city, but the closest international one is the Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport, which is about 15 miles away.

Taxi - A taxi from the centre of Gdańsk out to the ground will cost about 25 Polish złoty and should take in the region of 20 minutes to complete its journey. Don’t forget this will almost certainly take longer on match days, though.

Parking Near Stadion Energa Gdańsk

It is possible to park at the Stadion Energa Gdańsk on match days, but it isn’t easy and there aren’t loads of spaces, so maybe consider options such as leaving your car at your hotel.

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Stadion Energa Gdańsk Hotels

Hotel Galion - £50+

Stogi 20, Gdansk, Pomorskie, 80-642
This pet friendly hotel is actually connected to the convention centre that is located close to the Stadion Energa Gdańsk, so it might well be worth considering if convenience is high on your list of priorities. There’s a buffet breakfast included in the cost of your stay, as well as both a restaurant and a bar on site. The hotel offers a full-service spa, complete with a fitness centre, and two meeting rooms if you’re keep to do some business whilst you’re away. There’s free Wi-Fi and the 47 smoke-free rooms contain an LCD TV. More details.

Focus Hotel Premium Gdańsk - £70+

ul. Nad Stawem 5, Gdansk, 80-454
It’s important to remember that premier hotels in Poland might not quite live up to the expectations that you might have from similarly named hotels in the UK and the rest of Europe, but this 4-star offering has more than 120 rooms as well as a restaurant and bar. You can pick yourself up some breakfast in the morning and there’s a computer station if you can’t log on to the free Wi-Fi. There’s a conference centre, 24-hour gym and self-parking if you’ve driven. It’s attached to a shopping centre, so you’ll be able to wander into there if the hotel doesn’t offer what you want on-site. More details.

Willa Marina - £90+

ul. Brzeźnieńska 16, Gdansk, 80-512
This much more personal and private hotel only has 9 rooms, so if you want to you’ll be able to get to know your fellow guests as the days roll into one another. What it lacks in size and amenities, though, it more than makes up for in quality of stay. There’s a nice outdoor area where you can enjoy your breakfast or dinner whilst overlooking the nearby beach, so it will feel far more like a holiday than the other hotels. There’s free Wi-Fi and free parking, with the venue being about a 30 minute walk from the football ground. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Stadion Energa Gdańsk

T29 Sports Pub

ul. Pokoleń Lechii Gdańsk 1, 80-560 (+48 58 768 83 60)
Let’s be honest, if you’re in a far flung place and don’t know where to go for food or to watch the match then keeping an eye out for somewhere labelling itself as a ‘sports club’ is always a good bet. That’s what you’ll get with the T29, which offers a decent menu of typical pub grub. We’re talking the likes of spicy chicken wings, French fries and pizzas. Perhaps the most important thing is the presence of countless TV screens located all around the venue, on which you’ll be able to watch whatever sport is the dominant thing at the time you’re there. That’s to say nothing of the beers and spirits that will also be available!

Sports Pub

Księdza Leona Miszewskiego 12/13, 80-243 Gdańsk (+48 787 423 759)
Whilst it must be slightly confusing for taxi drivers in the city, it’s a good thing for punters that there are a number of different sports pubs in Gdańsk. We haven’t missed anything off the title, though, this one is just known as the Sports Pub. Little wonder really, when you consider that you can barely turn around without seeing a big screen showing the sporting even of the day. Whether it be a football match or some UFC fighting, you’re not going to miss anything here. The drinks will flow and the pub food will be eaten in this venue that has been decked out to look every inch the football supporters dream, complete with goal nets encasing the stairs.

Boris Sports Pub

5, Startowa 30, 80-461 Gdańsk (+48 58 346 71 66)
If the other two sports pubs weren’t enough for you then how about one named after a Bond villain? It actually offers something rather different, in all honesty, boasting the ability to play various pub games rather than just watch live sporting events. It has pool tables and dart boards, though that’s not to say that you can’t also enjoy watching a match there. With football shirts adorning the walls you know exactly what to expect here. It’s a venue that offers pub grub rather than gourmet food and beers more than cocktails, but there’s a nice outdoor area should the weather be favourable when you’re there.

Facilities

The facilities within the Stadion Energa Gdańsk are decent enough, but it’s important to put that into context. Ultimately we’re taking about a mid-table Polish team’s stadium here, not the latest greatest one built with the finances available to a Premier League team. You’ll be able to use the loo without feeling like you need to have a shower, but don’t be expecting linen towels and Bayliss & Harding soap when you go to wash your hands.

Hospitality

Grzegorz Jereczek from Gdansk, Poland [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

UEFA’s executives aren’t quite as bothered about being able to get their snouts in the trough at Europa League matches as they are during the Champions League, but it still matters to them to be able to enjoy themselves when they’re taking tickets away from actual football supporters and so the Stadion Energa Gdańsk’s facilities are impressive enough to keep them interested.

Private Hire

The majority of football stadiums that have nice spots for those that enjoy hospitality packages to watch the match also tend to hire out those areas when there’s no match being played. The same is true of Lechia Gdańsk, so if you want to hire the ground out then get in touch with the club and they’ll let you know how it works.

Stadium Tours & Museum

You can indeed do tours of the stadium, which will cost between 10 and 15 złoty depending on your age. They leave regularly between 10am and 4pm

About Lechia Gdańsk

Roger Goraczniak [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Lechia Gdańsk aren’t one of Poland’s more famous football teams, though they were something of a sporting powerhouse during the 1950s. Founded in 1945 by supporters that were expelled from Lwów, one of Poland’s oldest football teams, the side was originally known as BOP Baltia Gdańsk and was a team for the Port Reconstruction Office. In February of 1946 there was a meeting in which the idea of changing to club’s name was mooted, with the choice being to go for the much snappier name of Sports Club for the Port Reconstruction Office Lechia Gdańsk.

The club’s best performance in the top-flight of Polish football, the Ekstraklasa, was to finish 3rd in both 1956 and 2019. They have enjoyed a touch more success than that over the years, though, winning the Polish Cup in 1983 and 2019, as well as adding the Polish SuperCup in 1983. They’ve enjoyed two seasons in Europe at the time of writing, with the first coming in the 1983-1984 season when they lost to Juventus in the European Cup Winners’ Cup, as well as a Europa League campaign in the 2019-2020 season.

Stadion Energa Gdańsk History

Lechia Gdansk game - kallerna [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Stadion Energa Gdańsk is a relatively young stadium when compared with some of those covered on this site, having opened its doors for the first time for a match between Lechia Gdańsk and Cracovia on the 14th of August 2011. The first international match hosted by the venue was between Poland and Germany on the 6th of September the same year. Both matches ended in draws, with the first one being 1-1 and the second 2-2. It cost around €200 million to build the stadium and it has hosted numerous Poland friendly matches as well as music concerts for artists such as Justin Timberlake, Bon Jovi and Guns N’ Roses.

The stadium was truly put through its paces during the summer of 2012 when it was one of the host venues for that year’s European Championships. That was the year that Spain defended their title, having also won the World Cup in the intervening years, and they played all three of their group matches in the venue that was known as the PGE Arena at the time. It will always hold a special place in Spanish hearts for that very reason, though it was actually Germany that played there for their quarter-final match as the Spanish played their game against France at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk.

Future Developments

Grzegorz Jereczek from Gdansk, Poland [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

At the time of writing there are no immediate plans to make any major changes to the stadium other than cosmetic upgrades. If anything changes we’ll update this section accordingly.

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