“Spodek”, the show-sport hall finished in 1971, is the architectural world class symbol of Katowice and Poland. The Hall, in the form of a disc at an angle, encircled with a gallery and surmounted with a dome, lived to see a renovation. Thanks to PLN 70 million, “Spodek” gained new seats and lightings, round-shaped diode screen, wireless Internet, new fittings, fire controls and high-class 3D monitoring. The Hall structure was fortified and the roof was refitted. PLN 12 million is the cost of the new lighting adapted to HD tv standards. A total capacity of the Hall increased to 11 028 seats. Some of the additional seats are mobile – the first seats lines will be ready to push out automatically from the grand-stand. What seems the best is the round-shaped diode screen which can be move down in any height.
The renovation also embraced the ice-rink which is a part of the complex. During the September’s “EuroBasket 2009” – the European basketball’s championships – the ice rink is going to be a seat of press center. The most important games of the tournament as quarter-final, semi-final and final rounds will take place in “Spodek”. Spectators can use a wireless Internet which ables to connect six thousand users at the same time.