Generali Arena

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Last Updated: July 27, 2015

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Aerial view of Generali Arena

Stadium Overview

Team: Sparta Prague

Address: Milady Horákové 1066/98, 170 82, Prague 7, Czech Republic

Capacity: 19,416

Opened: 1969

Further Reading

AC Sparta Prague

Originally known as Letná Stadium or Letenský Stadion, the home venue of famous First League team AC Sparta Prague, it is technically called Generali Arena after a sponsorship agreement was reached in 2009. With a capacity of 19,416, Sparta Prague’s home is the second largest in the Czech First League.

Stadium Guide

History

Stadion Letná first opened in 1921 but had to be completely rebuilt less than 15 years later when the main stand burned down in 1934, which prompted the construction of a brand new concrete grandstand shortly after. By 1969 all of the remaining wooden stands had been replaced and the ground’s largest capacity was reached. The highest attendance to date occurred when 34,000 fans saw Czechoslovakia defeat Switzerland in a qualifying match for the 1990 World Cup.

After the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, the stadium continues to host important International matches, with Stadion Letná regarded as the country’s national stadium as it regularly hosts around 40% of home matches compared to the second most used stadium, FK Teplice’s Na Stínadlech which statistically has hosted almost half as much as Sparta Prague’s ground.

The most significant renovation to date came in 1994 when Letná was closed for 9 months to undergo a conversion to all-seating with the stands also repositioned after the athletics track was removed.s. 2001 saw the home side temporarily relocate to Stadion Evžena Rošického which belonged to rivals Slavia Prague as new under-soil heating was installed in addition to an improved irrigation system and grass directly from Germany.

Since 2003 the naming rights of Letná Stadium have been sold to sponsors with the ground technically known as “Genarali Arena” since 2009. Before this it was referred to as the Toyota Arena (2003 – 2007) and AXA Arena (2007-2009). As regulars in the Champions League, fans across Europe are familiar with Sparta Prague, with the 2003/2004 defeat to  AC Milan in the quarter finals perhaps the most famous campaign.

Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan of Prague’s Generali Arena:

Seating chart of AC Sparta Prague's stadium

Stands

The Generali Arena is comprised of four stands: North, East, South and West.

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Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand.

The Matchday Experience

Sparta Prague are easily the most successful football team in the Czech Republic having amassed an incredible 12 league titles compared, which is more than the combined efforts of the three jointly second placed teams who have earned three titles a piece as of 2015.

Their dominance of national football has yet to translate itself onto the European stage, however the club remain a familiar name to football fans across the continent and regularly feature in both of UEFA’s Cup competitions.

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A large cross section of the Sparta Prague fan base proudly displaying their teams colours inside the Generali Arena.

Away Fans

Travelling supporters are housed within the north-west corner of Letná stadium between the main stand to the west, and the northernmost goal-end in sections H85, H86, D91, D92, D93 and D94.

For Czech First League matches tickets for the away section can be purchased for up to three hours before kick-off from box office 5 which is located just outside the entrance to the “Guest Sector”. Single tickets cost 170 CZK which equates to a bargain 6.5 euros.

Best Pubs

Club Shop

Sparta Praha operate a fan shop at Generali Arena on the corner of Milady Horákové street and U Sparty Street (south-east), in addition to their official online store known as Fan Shop Sparta.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday: 12.00 pm – 6.00 pm
  • Tuesday – Friday: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed
  • Home matches: 3 hours before kick-off.
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Inside the dimly lit Sparta Prague fanshop, to confirm the openng times or for more information you can phone the store on +420 296 111 337 or send an email to eshop@footballmania.cz

Stadium Tour

As far as we know, there currently aren’t any public tours available of Genarli Arena. However if Sparta Prague ever chance this situation in the future we’ll be sure to update this section.

Ticket Prices

Tickets to see AC Sparta Prague can be purchased from the stadium’s box offices (1-4) for up to three hours before the start of every domestic match, or if they prefer, online from the club’s website. Note: 300 Czk – 11.10 Euros at the time of publication.

Single Adult Tickets

  • Section 1 (Red – corners): 170 CZK
  • Section 2 (Purple – goal-ends): 190 CZK
  • Section 3 (Orange – sides): 250 CZK
  • Section 4 (Yellow – premium sides): 290 CZK

Please refer to the above seating plan in order to fully understand where each section is located in relation to the pitch. For more information feel free to phone the club’s customer service on +4206 296 111 400 or send an email to zcentrum@sparta.cz.

Matchday Travel

Generali Arena is situated within the Letná district of Prague which is where the stadium’s original name was derived from. Still commonly referred to by fans as Stadion Letná, the hilly area just under 4km north of the historic city centre.

Generali Arena entrance

One of the many entrances to Sparta Prague’s stadium, this one just happened to be the most picturesque of them all!

Train

The main railway station in Prague is known locally as “Praha hlavní nádraží”, and it forms part of European Rail Network which means you can get to Berlin and Vienna in just under five hours.

National services operated by České dráhy (Czech Railways) which means you can travel around the country in next to no time on on high-speed services.

Metro

Prague is blessed with an expansive metro system, and generally speaking this is the easiest way to travel around the city. The two nearest stops are located either side of Letna Park, and will leave you with a 5-10 minute walk.

Hradčanská is to the west on Line A (Green), and Vltavská is to the east on Line C (Red).

Tram

Generali Arena is also served by its own dedicated tram stop known as “Sparta”, and although it is technically closer to the ground than the metro, it’s arguably less convenient due to layout of the tram network.

Depending on your starting position you could catch trams 1, 8, 12, 25, 26, 51 or 56.

Bus

We don’t currently have any bus information, but if the worse comes to the worse, either get a taxi or walk the 4km distance. It’s very scenic!

Main stand of Generali Arena

This is the back of the main stand at the Generali Arena, and is the most modern part of the stadium.

Driving

The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:

  • Milady Horákové 1066/98, 170 82 Praha 7, Czech Republic

Car Parks

Located just north of Letna Park and within a dense residential area parking options are rather limited. You’re probably best off finding a parking garage back towards the city centre, and catching some form of public transport.

Airports and Flying

The city is served by Václav Havel Airport Prague which is located 10km west of the historic centre. Equipped with three large terminals for public use, the International airport has flights to and from most European countries which mean its a popular tourist destination.

Upon landing you can catch a bus/shuttle service which will take you to Prague city centre in around 30 minutes.

Hotels

North of the river and fairly close to the stadium there is the likes of Art Hotel Prague, Hotel Letna, and Parkhotel which are all reasonable priced. Back towards the city centre you have much more more variety with familiar chains such as Ibis, Hilton and Jurys Inn all closely situated to the station.


By Football Tripper

Last Updated: July 27, 2015

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