After 5 years the Štruncovy Sady stadium is reconstructed. Upgraded west stand came last and makes the stadium completely enclosed with its two corner towers.
Last week the official dedication ceremony took place in Plzen where reconstruction of Doosan Arena is thus complete. The stadium known commonly as Štruncovy Sady saw major upgrades to the west stand in 2015-2016.
During that period two towers were built in each western corner of the stadium, enclosing the bowl and connecting old main stand to the three new stands built in 2011.
The towers cost CZK 90 million to build (€3.33m) and now accommodate physiotherapy and rehabilitation facilities, as well as accommodation and dining for young players. Along with the two buildings, the main stand was also renovated.
Since the reconstruction began back in 2011, total spending reached some CZK 508 million (€18.8m), largely financed by the city (owner) and federal government. Viktoria also contributed to the project, which sees their stadium expanded to 11,700 covered seats in football-only layout, instead of the old athletic one.
The club estimate the final size fits their potential. At present Viktoria are drawing the largest crowds across Czechia (9,980 per game), slightly ahead of two big teams from Prague, Slavia and Sparta. Plzen is also top of the table in football as we’re half way into the season.