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Spodek, Katowice

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Arena / Stadium · Tourist Spot
Spodek (meaning "saucer" in Polish) is a multipurpose arena complex in Katowice, Poland, opened in 1971. 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.

The Spodek hosts many important cultural and business events. Music concerts are especially common non-sport events. It can hold around 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 since its iconic shape resembles a UFO. 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. Moreover, Spodek is home to ice hockey clubs in the winter months.
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  • I was lucky I attended a Christmas concert on December 25 Very convenient sports and concert arena, the scene is visible from all places  more »
  • This landmark of Katowice is built in a retro-futuristic communist style from the eighties. Nice to take a selfie with this flying saucer!  more »
  • Very old fashioned arena. Dreadful access via concrete steps. Hope there is never a fire here.
  • Very nice place :) startups have an opportunity to showcase their projects
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