Stadion Juliska (Na Julisce)
|Clubs||FK Dukla Praha|
|Inauguration||10.06.1960 (Dukla Praha - Wiener Sportclub, 2-1)|
|Record attendance||20 000 (Dukla Praha - Ajax Amsterdam, 8.3.1967)|
|Address||Na Julisce 28, 160 00 Praha 6 - Dejvice|
Juliska – stadium description
Name derives from the ground's address in Prague's Dejvice district where it was established in 1960. This very pictoresque location provides hills and woods surrounding it from one side with the city's panorama on the other. The latter may be enjoyed particularily since 1975, when a huge main stand for up to 12,000 people was built.
Erection of this new grandstand raised capacity to some 29,000 people and also raised controversies as Dukla wasn't a club drawing huge crowds to need this size. As proof stands the attendance record set back in 1967 and not beaten to date. Matches against Ajax Amsterdam and Celtic Glasgow in that year had crowds of app. 20,000, though it needs to be noted that hundreds if not thousands of people were watching these events from the nearby hills.
Despite not being impressive in terms of attendance, this venue became a real fortress of European football. Dukla matched the biggest names in fight for continental honours and of 36 games lost only 3! Superpowers like Barcelona, Manchester United, Benfica or Ajax mentioned above didn't manage to conquer this ground.
In 1997 Dukla left the stadium and moved to Pribram, changing name. After further shifts the club returned in 21st century again as Dukla and earned promotion to top tier in 2011. The club then had to replace benches on the main stand with individual seats, making capacity drop to just 4,560 seats.