Speedway fans from all over the world will descend on Wrocław this weekend as the Polish Speedway GP returns to the city for the 1st time in almost 25 years.
Tickets for the event sold out long ago and are being traded on the black market for eye-staggering amounts. The newly renovated Olympic Stadium will of course host the event; it holds 12,701 spectators and is set to be packed to the rafters.
The last time this prestigious speedway event came to Wrocław was way back in May 1995. Sparta Wrocław, the city’s speedway team, had just won back-to-back titles in 1993 and 1994, so the popularity of the sport was at an all time high.
Although the 2019 Sparta Wrocław haven’t repeated the feat of their early 90’s counterparts, they have been very competitive. As a result, speedway has become a big thing again in the city. More and more fans are snubbing the football and going to see Sparta instead, and tickets to see big speedway matches have become hot property.
That surge in popularity was instrumental in the decision to make Wrocław the host of last year’s FIM Speedway of Nations Final. Now the city is proudly home to the Polish GP, something local speedway fans will hope remains the case for years to come.
If you aren’t lucky enough to have tickets for the event, Canal+ will be broadcasting the Speedway GP from 6.30pm. A number of local sports bars will also likely show the event.