Doosan Arena (Stadion města Plzně / Štruncovy Sady)
|Clubs||FC Viktoria Plzeň|
|Renovations||2002-2003, 2011, 2013, 2015-2016|
|Cost||CZK 508 million (2011-2016)|
|Design||Stavoprojekt (B. Kavan a J. Brabec)|
|Address||Štruncovy sady 3, 301 12 Plzeň|
Description: Doosan Arena
The ground in Štrunc’s orchards was erected in 1955, after 2 years of construction works. It was a multi-use venue from the start, host to numerous athletic events apart from football. Soon after opening a new main grandstand was built, making the stadium able to accommodate 35,000 spectators. With 2 tiers of covered seating it was the most modern sports stand in Czechoslovakia.
The stand stood almost unchanged visually for decades, though the stadium went through some changes. It was significantly damaged during the 2002 flood. Wooden benches were no longer usable and were dismantled. Installation of individual seats has decreased capacity to only 7,425 people.
However, as the club FC Viktoria Plzen was about to celebrate its centenary in 2011, it received quite some gifts. First construction of three new stands started in March, then came national championship in May and Champions League debut in August. The remodeling was done in December 2011, raising the capacity to some 13,000 seats.
Przed 2011 rokiem / Before 2011:
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