GKS Katowice is the name of the last ever team to visit the old Widzew Lodz Stadium on 22.11.2014. Perhaps not the most glorious fixture taking into account the club’s history and the matches that were played in this historic stadium. Still, giving the friendship between Widzew and Ruch Chorzow and Chorzow’s “dislike” towards GKS, it promises to be a match with a bit of heated athmosphere.
For over 84 years, “Stadion Widzewa” has been a place of joy, excitement, ups and downs, frustration and succcess. Since May 1930, Widzew Lodz has carried out their home games there, became 4 times Polish champion and Polish Cup Winner along the way. Widzew even progressed to the semi finals of what used to be UEFA Cup of Champions (nowadays known as the Champions League). Widzew progressed to the semi finals by beating English club FC Liverpool 4:3 on aggregate before facing Juventus Turin. The game in Italy was lost 2:0, however at home, Widzew managed to keep Juventus at bay with a 2:2 draw. Juventus went through to the final where they met German side Hamburger SV who also won the game by 1:0.
Although the supporters of Widzew Lodz are currently in dispute with the management of the club, the fans want to say good bye to their old home in style. Little diappointing that Orange Sport has decided to broadcast the game on television, moving the fixture from it’s original kick-off time of 18:00 to 14:45. The earlier kick-off and television broadcast might have an impact on the attendance, but supporters still believe in nothing less than a full house on matchday.
Widzew will temporarily move their home games Piotrków Trybunalski, some 50 kilometres south of Lodz until the new stadium is finished in 2016.
Kick offa against GKS Katowice is at 14:5 on Saturday, 22.11.214. Tickets are going fast so be quick not to miss the last game at the old stadium.