FIFA U-20 World Cup Poland 2019

23 May - 15 June

Lodz

  • Stadium name: Lodz Stadium
  • City: Lodz

“The City of Four Cultures”, “Polish Manchester”, “Promised Land”, “the Capital of Polish Cinematography” – anyone who had a chance to visit Lodz in the recent years knows that neither of these labels fully reflects the unique atmosphere of this dynamically changing city.

Lodz – the third largest city in Poland, is the capital of the voivodship and the heart of an agglomeration with over a million inhabitants. It benefits from its central location and the developing communication infrastructure. The city is situated at the intersection of A1 and A2 motorways and it has its own Łódź Władysław Reymont Airport.

In the past Lodz relied on its textile industry; today, its face is changing, and the city’s moving in the direction of home appliances production, logistics, IT or BPO. Situated in the very centre of Poland and Europe, it is a booming, and one of the most important academic centres in the country. It is home to 80,000 students, 6 state and several private universities, being a symbol of academic prestige, and at the same time, an example of excellent cooperation with business.

Lodz has a large growth potential in the area of creative industries: film production, fashion and industrial design, and new technologies. The city’s multicultural identity and heritage is one of its main assets. Its attractions include unique 19th century architecture of post-industrial factory complexes, tenement houses and palaces, especially prominent at Piotrkowska Street and on the example of Księży Młyn (Priest's Mill) or Manufaktura – one of the largest commercial-cultural-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, the football Lodz has a chance to reclaim its place on the sports map of the world.

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!

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