Prior to the construction of Warsaw's new National Stadium, there once stood on the same spot 'Stadion Dziesięciolecia' (10th-Anniversary Stadium).
Construction began in 1953, mostly with rubble from buildings destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising of 1944.
In 1968, during a propaganda festival, it was the site of Ryszard Siwiec's self-immolation in protest at the invasion of Czechoslovakia.
Prior to its demolition, 'Stadion' became Europe's largest open-air market. The new stadium will host the opening game of the Euro 2012 football championship.