Trip Planner : Europe / Poland / Southern Poland / Silesia Province / Katowice / Sightseeing / Spodek
Categories: Tourist Spots, Arenas & Stadiums
Spodek is a multipurpose arena complex in Katowice, Poland, opened in 1971 at ul. Korfantego 35 under the name Wojewódzka Hala Widowiskowo-Sportowa w Katowicach, under which it is known in the Polish technical/architectural literature, and under which it formally functioned until 1997.Aside from the main dome, the complex includes a gym, an ice rink, a hotel and three large car parks. It was the largest indoor venue of its kind in Poland until it was surpassed by Kraków Arena in 2014. It hosts many important cultural and business events. Music concerts are especially common non-sport events. Spodek can hold 11,500 people, although this number is in practice limited to 10,000 or even 8,000 due to stage set-ups obscuring the view. Its Polish name refers to a flying saucer . Spodek is a major contribution to the cultural significance of Katowice in Poland, especially for the younger generations. It has also been used as an unofficial logo for the city on posters promoting redevelopment in Katowice. Spodek is home to HC GKS Katowice ice hockey club in the winter months.It has played host to many up-and-coming bands, such as Chumbawamba in 1997, as well as dozens of world-famous bands. There are also held music festivals such as Rawa Blues Festival, Metalmania and Odjazdy.HistoryThe idea of building a large venue originated in 1955, while Katowice was temporarily renamed Stalinogród. A contest was held to select the best design. Initially, it was to be constructed on the outskirts of town, but the Voivodeship National Council decided it should be built near the city center. A mining waste dump site classified "2A" was chosen for construction.To visit Spodek on your holiday in Katowice, and find out what else Katowice has to offer, use our Katowice vacation route planner.
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Piękny. Jedyny i niepowtarzalny obiekt architektoniczny. Wart obejrzenia z zewnątrz ale także wewnątrz. Jest symbolem Katowic. Oświetlony wieczorem wygląda zjawiskowo. Teraz, po wybudowaniu ciekawego ... read more »Beautiful. The only and unique architectural object. Worth a look from the outside but also inside. Is the symbol Katowice. Illuminated in the evening, it looks like add. Now, after the construction of the Congress Centre and the new headquarters building, interesting National Symphony Orchestra, Polish radio (NOSPR), together with the Roundabout Art is an interesting area on the map of the capital of Upper Silesia.show original
Prawie każde miasto ma swój charakterystyczny, rozpoznawalny przez większość znak. Dla Katowic takimi symbolami są na pewno: Pomnik Powstańców Śląskich i ulokowany nieopodal Spodek. To duża hala widow... read more »Almost every city has a distinctive, recognizable by most of the character. For Katowice such symbols are for sure: Silesian insurgents ' monument and located close to the Saucer. A large sports and entertainment arena in the shape of flying UFO plate-like. Certainly for a few decades, pride and place very many international events. Now next to him grew up as a competitor's International Convention Centre. But the city will remain for a long time.show original
Z zewnątrz robi wrażenie, ale w środku nie ma szału. To jak tam jest determinuje to na jakie wydarzenie się idzie. Byłam tam na paru koncertach i było fajnie. Byłam tam również na targach odzieżowych,... read more »Impressive from the outside, but inside there is crazy. It's like there is this determines what event goes. I was there for a couple of concerts and it was fun. I was also there at clothing, games and educational and trade fair was also ok. Overall, cool place for big parties. We leave the se.. ;)show original
IEM Katowiceeee!!! One of best events in csgo :)))
I went to the Intel Extreme Masters 2016 here and the show itself was awesome. The premium tickets worked great, could just walk past the lines and go right in, didn't have to show up 4 hours before the finals, we just arrived around 20 minutes earlier and got great seats. The exhibitions were a bit miss since they seemed to be in polish but that was expected. The available food could do with an improvement, beverages (sodas, energy drinks) were easy to find though. Found some excellent barista making coffee which was a plus. Wished there would have been better storage for jackets at the event, for premium visitors there were two stands for jackets out of which one was broken and there was no security for them. Seemed to be enough though as nothing was missing at the end. Perhaps because you needed to pay for expensive tickets to get there but still. So the event itself was great but organizing could have some upgrade.
A really great space. Great venue.
Large and impersive place. Must visit if you around here
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