Doosan Arena or Stadion mesta Plzne (Plzen City Stadium) as it often still referred to as, is a multi-purpose sports venue located in the fourth most populous city in the Czech Republic, Plzen. First opened in 1955, the 11,722 capacity stadium is primarily used for the football matches of FC Viktoria Plzen.
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Viktoria Plzen Stadium Guide
|Address:||Štruncovy sady 3, Plzen, 301 12|
|Former Names:||Stadion města Plzně (1955-2012)|
Doosan Arena History
Viktoria Plzen’s stadium first opened in 1955 when it was known as Stadion mesta Plzn or in English, Plzn City Stadium. Famous for its two story grandstand which was regarded as the pride of the ground, the stadium peaked in the late 1990s with a capacity of 35,000 making it one of the largest in Czech Republic.
During the 2002/2003 season Plzen City Stadium underwent renovation work to comply with the updated regulations set by the Czech Football Association. With a large proportion of the capacity made up from terrace places, the stadium’s capacity was significantly reduced during the conversion to all seater resulting in just 7,425 spaces.
When FC Viktoria Plzne qualified for the Europa League in 2010 after wining the Czech Cup, the club were forced to play their match against Besiktas at Prague’s Synot Tip Arena much to the disappointment of fans. Subsequently the following year the club engaged in an estimated 360 million Koruns worth of renovations in order to satisfy UEFA’s stadium criteria.
Occurring across an eight month period between April and December 2011, Viktoria Plzen’s stadium had a capacity of 8,500 at the start of the season, and a completed 11,700 capacity at the end of the year. Upon reopening the stadium was officially renamed the Doosan Arena.
The first European match was held on the 16th February 2012 against Schalke 04 in a qualification match of the Europa League. The following season the Doosan Arena hosted its first ever Champions League match when Viktoria Plzen reached the group stages. Fans of the club rejoiced as Doosan Arena hosted European giants Bayern Munich, Manchester City and CSKA Moscow.
Doosan Arena Seating Plan
Doosan Arena Away Section
When it comes to European matches, the visiting team are usually allocated just under 600 tickets, with FC Schalke 04 being the first away team to play at the newly renovated stadium back in February 2012.
Away fans are housed within a clearly labelled section within the far side of the main stand known as “Hlavní Tribuna”.
Best Pubs near ground
As the birthplace of Pilsener Beer you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to great-tasting locally produced lager and ales.
Viktoria Plzen Club Shop
FC Viktoria Plzen operate a club-shop at Doosan Arena within the main stand, in addition to an official online store.
- Monday – Friday: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
- Matchdays: 6 hours before kick-off and 1 hour after the full time whistle.
For more information feel free to send an email to [email protected] or phone the store on + 420 734 878 230.
Can you take a stadium Tour?
It doesn’t appear as if Viktoria Plzen currently offer tours of The Doosan Arena, however if this ever changes, we’ll be sure to update this section.
How to buy Viktoria Plzen Tickets
Tickets to see FC Viktoria Plzen play at home during Czech First League matches can be purchased around the stadium before kick-off. Whilst this still remains as the most popular method of acquiring tickets, since 2008/2009 fans can now purchase tickets online and from locations resellers around the city.
Whilst we don’t have direct access to ticket prices, in seasons gone by fans would pay anywhere between 150.00 – 200.00 Czech Republic Koruna for seats within the stadium. Converted into euros this is works out at around €5.00 – €10.00.
Champions League and European matches are naturally going to be more expensive however.
How to get to Doosan Arena
Where is Doosan Arena?
The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:
- Štruncovy sady 3, 301 12 Pilsen, Czech Republic
Train - Public Transport
The main railway station of Pilsen is known as “Plzen hlavní nádraží” is located 800m to 1.0 km south of from Doosan Arena, with the journey by foot likely to take no more than 15 minutes.
Airports and Flying
There is an airport located 11km south-west of Plzen within the village of Lín?, however it only accommodates private aviation enthusiasts, and domestic flight routes. Subsequently the official tourist website of Pilsen recommends flying into Václav Havel Airport in Prague, and then making the 50 minute journey by car.
Hotels Near Doosan Arena
There are a good number of hotels within a 1.5 mile radius of the railway station with the likes of Angelo Hotel Pilsen, and Hotel Astory right outside the terminal. Just across the river, west of Doosan Arena there is more choice with the likes of Hotel Rango, Rous and Hotel U Zvonu offering reasonable prices.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who plays at Doosan Arena?
Czech side Viktoria Plzen play their home matches at Doosan Arena.
What is the capacity of Doosan Arena?
As of 2021 Doosan Arena has an official seating capacity of 11,722 for Football matches.
When was Doosan Arena opened?
Doosan Arena officially opened in 1955 and is home to Viktoria Plzen
What is the postcode for Doosan Arena?
The postcode for Doosan Arena is 301 12.
Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?
Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit Doosan Arena in 2021. Please visit the official website of Viktoria Plzen for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.