Generali Arena (Letná)
|674 (VIP seats)|
|80 (Press seats)|
|Clubs||AC Sparta Praha|
|Other names||Toyota Arena (2003-2007), AXA Arena (2007-2009)|
|Renovations||1937, 1967-1969, 1994, 2004, 2009, 2014-2015|
|Address||Milady Horákové 1066/98, 170 00 Praha 7|
Generali Arena – stadium description
First ground in this location existed already in 1917. In 1934 decision was made to expand it to accommodate app. 45,000 people, but a fire destroyed its main grandtsand, delaying any expansions. Main stand was rebuilt in 1937 – this time with conrete instead of wood – and in 1967-69 remaining sections were also rebuilt this way.
Another large redevelopment took place in 1994, resulting in a completely new stadium that has double-tiered seating, though with smaller capacity of just under 20,000 due to individual seating becoming required. Despite talks of major revamps or even a new stadium, in 2015 Sparta converted their main grandstand, replacing many regular seats with 15 skyboxes.
Belonging to Sparta now, it was once also home to Slavia (until 1950), thus being one of the most important stadiums in Czech football. During the Velvet revolution of 1989 it was also a hot spot with an estimated crowd of 800,000 people in and around the venue.
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