- Stadium name: Lodz Stadium
- City: Lodz
“The City of Four Cultures”
"The Capital of Polish Cinematography”
“The Polish Manchester”
“The Promised Land”
Anyone who has visited Lodz in recent years knows that these labels only offer pieces of the unique atmosphere of this dynamic city.
Lodz – the third-largest city in Poland with over a million inhabitants – is the capital of the Voivodeship, or province. It benefits from its central location and developing communication infrastructure. The city is situated at the intersection of the A1 and A2 motorways and boasts the Łódź Władysław Reymont Airport.
In the past Lodz relied on its textile industry. Today its face is changing, and the city is moving in the direction of home appliance production, logistics, IT and BPO. Situated in the very centre of Poland and Europe, it is also one of the most important academic centres in the country. Lodz is home to 80,000 students at six state and several private universities. The city is both a symbol of academic prestige and booming business.
Lodz has large growth potential in the creative industries: film production, fashion and industrial design and new technologies. The city’s multicultural identity is one of its main assets. It is also outfitted with 19th-century post-industrial architecture, especially prominent on Piotrkowska Street. The unique look characterizes the Księży Młyn (Priest's Mill) or Manufaktura – one of the largest commercial, cultural and entertainment centres in Europe.
Lodz is currently implementing one of the biggest revitalisation projects in Europe – the construction of the New Lodz City Centre. It is 100-hectare area in the very heart of the city, intended to serve commercial as well as public and cultural functions. The programme includes the revitalisation of the EC1 CHP plant, which captivates with its unique design, offering attractions such as a planetarium, spherical projection theatre and the Centre for Science and Technology. Lodz is also one of the greenest cities in Poland. It has one of the largest urban forests in Europe and 34 parks.
The city has rich sports traditions. In the football world, it is known thanks to the success of its flagship clubs: Lodz Sports Club (ŁKS) and Widzew, which produced such prominent players as Jan Tomaszewski, Włodzimierz Smolarek or Zbigniew Boniek. Today, thanks to the construction of modern stadiums and training centres, which are to host matches and trainings for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, Lodz has a chance to reclaim its place on the world's sports map.
Lodz is undergoing dynamic changes and development. There is more and more buzz surrounding the city, but to discover it anew, you must see it!