The 2nd night of the Saucers 2023 Echoes Tour saw their return to the Summer Fog Festival in Katowice, Poland. As with the tour opener this was also a festival show and Spodek which is a multipurpose arena where it is held in Katowice means “saucer” in Polish!
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Capacity 11,036Spodek is an iconic landmark of Katowice and one of the most readily recognized architectural objects in Poland. It was built 50 years ago and still continues to amaze viewers with its design. It is hard to imagine the landscape of Katowice without it. Architects were selected in 1959 in a contest announced by the Polish Architects’ Society. The team of the Office of Typical Studies and Designs of Industrial Construction from Warsaw included: Maciej Gintowt and Maciej Krasiński. The construction was commissioned to Wacław Zalewski.
The construction of a modern arena in the centre of Katowice was passionately championed by the Silesian Voivode, General Jerzy Ziętek, who wanted it to become a symbol of the city. It was initially meant to be located in the Culture and Leisure Park in Chorzów, but the design submitted by the architects, so very bold and avant-garde in the era of social realism, appealed to Jerzy Ziętek so much that he decided to change the location and place Spodek in the very heart of the city. The function of the structure was also changed to encompass sports and entertainment, and the project was expanded to include a gym, an ice rink, a hotel and a swimming pool. Construction lasted from 1964 to 1971.
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