Warsaw’s newest attraction: a foldable roof

Poland is getting ready for the Euro 2012 football tournament. The biggest football venue, the National Stadium in Warsaw, is rumoured to be one of the most expensive structures of its kind in the world.

The officials responsible for commissioning the stadium deny it claiming it’s not even in the Top10 most expensive football stadia in the world, says Polish daily Wyborcza.pl, quoting Mr. Wojciech Rokicki from PL.2012, the company behind the preparations for Euro 2012. (Apparently, the new Wembley stadium tops the list.)

Anyway, the reason why I mention the new stadium is its roof. It’s pretty impressive. Officially unveiled to the public a few weeks ago, the roof sits ‘folded’ in a nest above the centre of the pitch. When needed, it ‘unfurls’ in about 15 minutes, pulled by long wires powered by 72 engines. See the video below to see the roof in action.

15 minutes sounds like a long time, but I might be wrong. Hope they have good weather forecasters.

3 thoughts on “Warsaw’s newest attraction: a foldable roof

  1. When I saw that your stadium has a retractable fabric roof, it brought back bad memories of the Olympic Stadium built for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal Canada. Where yours was designed by Germans, we had the “famous” French architect, “Roger Taillbert” whose only claim to fame was a circular stadium in Pari; “The Palais des Princes” a completely uncovered stadium. That stadium in Paris has since collapsed. His design for Montreal was a Oval stadium (harder to build) with and UNPROVEN retractable roof that worked from a leaning tower built right beside the stadium. Well the stadium too much too long to build so the tower was never built for the games. Nine years later after the government examined multiple options to complete the roof, they chose to use Taillbert’s original design. Well it worked for one day properly and the roof could only be opened when the wind was very calm. What happened was sudden rain showers meant that the roof stayed open. Then the fabric started to rip because the roof only had a 15 year lifespan whether it was attached to the stadium or stored away while people decided whether to build the tower or not. So the stadium remains closed to the elements for the last 25 years.

    I’m glad that you’re stadium is working just fine: German architecture.

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