The Fanzone at the Palace of Culture is being constructed as we speak and with just over a week to go, it's all in good time. The biggest Fanzone in Poland, there will be enough room for 100,000 fans and with 5 big screens there should be enough places to watch the matches, sink a few lagers and enjoy a kielbasa (Polish sausage - goes great with beer).
Carlsberg is the dominant alcoholic beverage in the zone, with a number of different beer tents and Coca Cola has a few stalls for the kids. There will also be Maccy Ds, an Adidas shop, a kids play area and a VIP tent in the zone, with lots of seating and chill out areas (plus a selection of local gastronomical delights). Nobody knows what to expect and it's now the calm before the storm. The Fanzone has already been fenced off with the last minute touches being sorted out before the fans arrive. Get to the Fanzone by coming out of Warsaw's Central Station and head for the Palace of Culture, a few metres away.
Go get in the zone.
Here's a picture of the official Euro 2012 football - available to buy in GO Sports - at a price!
I thought it would be a good idea in the lead up to Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine to do some logo spotting. My aim for the next few months is to post photos of the Euro 2012 logo, wherever it can be found. Here's the starter - found on the side of one of those fizzy drinks dispensers by a kiosk.
If you have seen the logo somewhere please tell me or send me a photo. We only have six months left to do this!
BTW the Euro 2012 logo can be seen in the top left of the first picture.
Building began in October 2008 of the National Stadium and is set for completion in 2011. Capacity will be 55,000 and the development includes an Olympic size swimming pool, hotel, sports auditorium, shops and restaurants. Set about 3 tram stops from the centre but over the river, it is being built on the site of the infamous 1950s national stadium in Warsaw.
We have watched the stadium grow from the rubble that was left from the old stadium and it looks very impressive. As you drive or walk along the river, it dominates the skyline at one point and the red and white colour scheme (Poland's national colours) are really striking. Some people say it looks like a basket but I think it looks more like a circus top from afar. Bring on the clowns.
Jon Green - A British expat in Warsaw (Warszawa)
Blogging, photos and videos about Warsaw. Showcasing the new and the old, the modern versus the abandoned and forgotten and a view of the city you might not otherwise see.
Interested in Polish and English history of World War II? Check my photos of the Wolf's Lair & Hitler's Bunker here