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PORR to revitalise iconic Pardubice Summer Stadium

Pardubice/Prague, 12.03.2021 – PORR is once again demonstrating its comprehensive service range and infrastructure expertise in the Czech Republic. Today, the Pardubice City Council approved the rebuild of the renowned Summer Stadium. With the support of the Pardubice council, the revitalisation of the football arena used by the top national league is in the starting blocks. The design & build contract has an order volume of around CZK 380m and will be completed within 94 weeks.

Visualisation of the Summer Stadion

© PORR a.s.

“The original facility is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. The historic stadium building from 1931 is listed as a landmark and one of the tender requirements was its rehabilitation, including the restoration of the original appearance of the facade of the western stand,” said Dušan Čížek, PORR Board member responsible for civil engineering. He added, “With our extensive expertise in the construction and adaptation of multiple large-scale stadiums during EURO 2008 in Austria as well as the Al-Wakrah stadium in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, we are optimally equipped to restore the stadium in Pardubice to its former glory.”

Contemporary sports arena with longstanding tradition

"When designing the stadium, we wanted to take full advantage of the location in the city centre. The stadium capacity can be increased to 6,600 seats by adding stands behind the goals and, if the Pardubice team qualifies for European competitions, additional construction in the corners would make it a stadium for more than 8,000 spectators,” Čížek explained the idea behind the project design.

The design and build project exceeds the requirements of the Football Association of the Czech Republic. The stadium, designed to be classified in the UEFA 3 category, will boast 4,600 covered seats, 6 sky boxes (each for 12 people), a VIP zone for 150 people, a player/media mixed zone, comfortable media facilities as well as facilities for refreshments and bathrooms for spectators with sufficient capacity. The PORR design allows for an eventual increase in the overall capacity of the stadium to UEFA 4 category, which would make it eligible to host UEFA matches.

Sensitive landmark restoration

When completed, the iconic Summer Stadium will score with the modern amenities of a state-of-the-art sports arena. All while preserving the historical character of the beloved soccer stadium. Another beneficial effect of the revitalisation: With the completion, the football team, which is currently subject to an exemption by the Football Association of the Czech Republic due to its inadequate stadium facilities, will be allowed to continue to compete in the top national football league directly in the city centre.

Facts and figures at a glance

Project type: Stadium design and construction
Scope of services: Design & Build
Client: Pardubice City Hall
Contractor: PORR a.s.
Timeframe: 94 weeks
Order volume: approx. CZK 380m

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