New Arena, Same Winning Attitude At Lotos

06 January 2009
Poland will this summer host a hoops extravaganza when the EuroBasket is staged in the cities of Katowice, Bydgoszcz, Łódź, Gdańsk, Poznań, Warszaw and Wrocław.

Another testament to the growing popularity of the sport in the country is the construction of Lotos PKO BP Gdynia's new gym, the Gdynia Sport Arena.

At the dedication ceremony for the arena, Gdynia Mayor Wojciech Szczurek said: "Lotos PKO BP Gdynia is a real centerpiece of our city. This is one of the best known Polish clubs abroad. I believe that a new gym will be lucky for Lotos PKO BP Gdynia."

The first official game in the new gym that Lotos PKO BP Gdynia will play is on January 30 when Lotos PKO BP face Fenerbahce in the EuroLeague Women play-offs.

The city of Gdynia has provided the funds for the state-of-the-art venue, which has room for 5,000 spectators and has been in the making since 2004. Additionally, the arena has a conference center, fitness club and spa.

At the ceremony, the president of Lotos PKO BP Gdynia, Mieczyslaw Krawczyk, reflected on the club's success over the years.

"The old gym was a witness to the nine national championship titles, two EuroLeague runners-up titles and hundreds of spectacular games," he said.

"Now, it's time to start a new history. I think the new gym will be the impulse for everyone.

"We want to be stronger and in the near future achieve a Final Four. It would be a great honour to win the EuroLeague in our new gym.

"I really believe in that. Not this year, but in the near future. Why not?"

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