Public private venture planned for new £48m Warsaw football stadium

Construction of Poland’s new national football stadium, due for completion by the end of 2006, is to be put out to tender as a public private partnership. Warsaw's city council, which has chosen an 11-hectare site for the new stadium is considering two options for the scheme. The first, simpler, open-air stadium would cost 200 million zloty (£32 million); alternatively, a roofed complex would cost 300 million zloty (£48 million).

“Warsaw is not intending to take risks related to the commercial activity of the stadium, so we are thinking in terms of a public private partnership,” Michael Borowski, Warsaw’s chief architect, told the Warsaw Business Journal.

The current Legia national stadium will next host an international match in March, when Northern Ireland travel to group six rivals Poland for a world-cup qualifier. Group leaders England have already played at the stadium, beating Poland 2-1 on 8 September.