In recent years it has become quiet around football club Widzew Łódź. The traditional club, which was crowned Polish champions four times, currently entertains its fans in Liga 3 (Polish fourth league). Following forced relegation due to financial issues and bankruptcy, the club is now re-building and it appears that their fans are eager to help.
Having completed building their new stadium recently, Widzew Łódź is now aiming to get back to where they belong, Polish top flight football. Spending the last 2 years playing home matches at various venues, the club and fans alike are looking forward to be hosting their first match at their new 18,000 seater stadium.
– Widzew has always been famous because of the huge amount of fans, which is the effect of successes achieved in 80s and 90s, when the team competed not only at the highest domestic level but also internationally – said Przemysław Klementowski, the Vice-chairman of Widzew’s Managerial Board.
In two weeks time, on the 11th of March, Widzew will start into the 2nd round of the 2016 / 17 season with an away match at Świt Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki. One week later, on the 18th of March, the long awaited moment will arrive when Widzew will play host to Motor Lubawa at the new Widzew stadium. The match will kick off at 19:10, representing the year Widzew was founded.
With less than three weeks to go until the first match at the new home, Widzew announced that it already sold more than 10,000 season tickets for the 2nd round of the season, breaking the record of Italian side Parma Calcio who sold 9,000 season tickets for the Italian Seria D fixtures. But not only did Widzew break the Italian’s record, having sold over 10,000 tickets in the 4th Polish league, will have most Polish Ektraliga sides look to the Łódź club with envy as they struggle to fill their stadia, even during top matches.
Source: Widzew Łódź