WARSAW, Poland (AP) – All security concerns have been addressed and the stadium that will host the opening match of this year’s European Championship is ready to stage its first game, Warsaw’s mayor said Tuesday.
Poland will play Portugal in a friendly at the National Stadium in Warsaw on Feb. 29. The venue will host Poland’s opening game of Euro 2012 against Greece on June 8.
The stadium was due to host a Poland Super Cup match earlier this month but it was scrapped when police said they were unable to guarantee security because of communication problems inside the stadium.
Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz said the problems have been addressed and the police have now given their approval for the stadium to be used.
The head of the Polish football association, Grzegorz Lato, said he was hopeful that the stadium would stage another event before it is handed over to UEFA on May 9.
“I am really happy that the national representation will finally play at the National Stadium and that we will be able to test how everything works there,” Lato said.
The stadium was opened Jan. 29, six months behind schedule, following a series of glitches in construction that began in 2008. It was build on the site of a communist-era stadium that in its final years was used as a huge market place.
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