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Warsaw is the capital of Poland and its largest city. It is located on the Vistula River roughly 370 kilometers (229.9 mi) from both the Baltic Sea coast and the Carpathian Mountains. Its population as of 2006 was estimated at 1,700,536, with a metropolitan area of approximately 2,900,000 to 3,000,000 people. The city area amounts to 516.9 square kilometers (199.6 sq mi), with an agglomeration of 6,100.43 square kilometers (2,355.4 sq mi) (Warsaw Metro Area - Obszar Metropolitalny Warszawy). Warsaw is the 7th biggest city in the European Union.

The city, also the capital of the Masovian Voivodeship, is home to many industries, including manufacturing, steel, electrical engineering, and automotive; it features 66 institutions of higher education, including Warsaw University, Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw School of Economics, Agriculture University and a Medical Academy. Warsaw is home to over 30 theatres, including the National Theatre and Opera and the National Philharmonic Orchestra.

Warsaw is internationally notable for giving its name to the Warsaw Pact, Warsaw Convention and the Treaty of Warsaw.

Warsaw straddles the Vistula River, approximately 370 kilometers (229.9 mi) from both the Carpathian mountains and Baltic Sea. It is located in the heartland of the Masovian Plain, and its average altitude is 100 meters (328.1 ft) above sea level, although there are some hills (mostly artificial) located within the confines of the city.

Legia Warszawa is a Polish football club based in Warsaw, Poland. It was founded in March of 1916 (during the military operations of the World War I on the eastern front) in the neighborhood of Maniewicze in Volhynia as the football club of the Polish Legions. After World War I it became the main football club of the Polish Army. In the years 1949 - 1957 Legia was known by the name CWKS (Central Military Sports Club) Warszawa. Currently it is the only Warsaw-based football club participating in the First League. Legia is widely regarded as one of the most successful Polish football clubs in history and has further emerged as the Ekstraklasa Premier League champion for the 2005/2006 season.

Polonia Warszawa is a Polish sports club with football and basketball teams. It was founded in 1911, and is the oldest such club in Warsaw, where it is based.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org

Population

Population in 2005:

1,687,628

Estimated population in 2012:

1,672,047

Average population growth between 1995 and 2000:

0%

Source: Poland-Ukraine bid to host UEFA EURO 2012 (Phase I)

Stadium

National Stadium

Planned matches:

opening Match, group matches, quarter-final and semi-final

Total number of seats: 

55,000

number of spectators:

50,000

Status:

to be refurbished

Date of putting into use:

2010


Source: Poland-Ukraine bid to host UEFA EURO 2012 (Phase I).

Accommodation

Existing hotels

Number of hotels

Number of rooms

*****

****

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**

*

*****

****

***

**

*

10 km from the stadium

10

4

22

14

8

3842

1754

6953

2742

2512

11 - 75 km from the stadium

N/A

1

12

23

3

N/A

260

695

1491

111

Planned hotels

Number of hotels

Number of rooms

*****

****

***

**

*

*****

****

***

**

*

10 km from the stadium

1

1

N/A

N/A

N/A

320

129

N/A

N/A

N/A

11 - 75 km from the stadium

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

In the capital city and in the radius of 75 km from the city center there are many pensions, inns, youth hostels, student dormitories, camping fields, tourist centers, private lodgings and other night lodgings, which can provide additional accommodation during UEFA EURO 2012. Those facilities offer the total sleeping capacity of approximately 23,000, of standard varying from high to tourist (i.e. camping fields). Some of those facilities are located in areas attractive for tourists (e.g. Zalew Zegrzynski, Puszcza Kampinoska, Puszcza Kozienicka, Wisla, Pilica).

Other facilities and compounds (mainly motels) are located in the nearest vicinity of roads (Warszawa-Katowice, Warszawa-Gdansk, Warszawa-Poznan). The also offer accommodation for motorists. Some private lodgings are located in attractive spots, or even in the neighborhood of health resorts (e.g. surrounding of Otwock: private lodgings, spa, health and beauty resorts). The number of sleeping spaces and facilities is as follows:

  • Rest houses on Zalew Zegrzynski - sleeping capacity: about 3000,
  • Other rest facilities - sleeping capacity: about 1000,
  • Pensions and motels - sleeping capacity: about 1000,
  • Student dormitories and student houses - sleeping capacity: about 10,000,
  • Private lodgings and agrotourism farms - sleeping capacity: about 2000,
  • Camping fields - sleeping capacity: about 5000,
  • Other facilities (e.g. parish houses, boarding schools) - sleeping capacity: about 1000.

Source: Poland-Ukraine bid to host UEFA EURO 2012 (Phase I)

Infrastructure

Plans for the modernization of the infrastructure
There are plans to construct in Warsaw the second line of West-East subway in the years 2007-2013. If the bid for organization of UEFA EURO 2012 is won, all efforts will be made to complete the project in 2011.

Additionally it is planned to construct in Warsaw a fast tramway line, connecting the City Center with north-eastern part of the capital, tramway connection of western areas of the agglomeration (Grodzisk Mazowiecki) with south-western ones (Otwock) and construction of the city’s ring road in the frames of North-South and East-West motorways. The above projects will be financed with structural funds of the European Union and Cohesion Fund.

According to plans the new Okecie airport terminal will be put into operation in 2006. It will provide services to about 8 million passengers per year.

Projects for the new stadium provide for modifications in the transport infrastructure and will be presented when the bid is finalized and the winner is announced.

Additional transport capacities
Additional bus lines for Warsaw City Center to the National Stadium at Lazienkowska street will guarantee transport of 34,000 passengers per hour between the stadium and main transport nodes of the city (the Main Railway Station, Centrum Subway Station).

The one-way journay time will be about 10 minutes. Buses will be waiting for passengers in the closest vicinity of the stadium. Transport will be performed in the frames of the public transport system and will be monitored by the Urban Transport Management and the police.

Traffic arrangements
Any traffic problems that might surface during UEFA EURO 2012 will be solved through detours, bans on entry into specified city zones, changes in traffic lights and other methods of traffic improvement available to the police and services responsible for street traffic in the capital.
Warsaw will prepare and implement efficient methods of traffic management. In case of any problems, a special unit within the Urban Transport Management will monitor the traffic and act efficiently to solve them. All available technologies will be used, i.e. monitoring form the air (police monitoring from helicopters), GPS, separation of special traffic lanes for cars going to the stadium, restriction in traffic on the routes stadium – other facilities (hotels, training centers, airport etc.).

Source: Poland-Ukraine bid to host UEFA EURO 2012 (Phase I).

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