England’s training ground is looking spruce and professional with three weeks to go before the team is expected in Krakow.
Fears that the Hutnik stadium might be below par have proved unfounded as a major refurbishment of the pitch and buildings nears conclusion.
In December last year, British tabloid The Sun published a scathing report on the Nowa Huta ground, branding it “a shambolic dump… barely fit for a pub team.”
Today, the newly-laid pitch is looking lush and the ground’s buildings have been fixed up and repainted.
Building debris remains to be cleared away and resurfacing of the car park and access road was still ongoing when the Krakow Post visited the ground on the weekend, but the bulk of the work is done.
The Suche Stawy (Dry Ponds) Stadium, as the ground is officially known, is home to Hutnik Nowa Huta football club. The renovation work has been funded by the English Football Association and the City of Krakow.
New turnstile and entrance for visitors (away fans)
Finishing touches – Mrs Mop goes to work