Štadión pod Dub?om is the home ground of MŠK Žilina, and is currently one of three football stadiums used by the Slovakian National Team. Situated in Žilina which is the fourth largest city in Slovakia, the ground is capable of accommodating just over 11,000 supporters.
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The site on which today’s Štadión pod Dub?om sits has been used to host football matches more or less since MŠK Žilina’s formation back in 1908. It wasn’t until 1941 however that the first stands were erected, and the plot of land had enough permanent facilities to begin being regarded as a proper football stadium.
Štadión pod Dub?om’s name is derived from its location close to the Dube? Hill which sits to the north of the stadium just across the river Váh. It literally translates into English as “Stadium under Dube? Hill”, and views of the roving hills can be seen from inside the ground with the exception of the northern goal-end stand.
At the turn of the millennium Štadión pod Dub?om underwent large scale renovation work in order to bring it into the 21st century. Beginning in 2002, modernisation was achieved across a seven year period with the east stand being the last section of the stadium to be rebuilt just in time for the start of the 2009/2010 season.
Redeveloped in stages in order to minimise disruption, temporary stands were erected behind each goal as work was slowly carried out across each side of the pitch. Upon completion Futbalový štadión MŠK Žilina was awarded three stars by UEFA.
The highest level of club football hosted at the ground undoubtedly game during the 2010/2011 season when MŠK Žilina reached the group stages of the Champions League. They were drawn into a group containing Chelsea, Marseille and Spartak Moscow but unfortunately finished last.
Below is a seating plan of Slovakia National Team & MSK Zilina's Štadión pod Dubňom:
Štadión pod Dub?om is comprised of four separate stands: North, East, South and West.
Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the stadium.
The Matchday Experience
Away fans are housed within Block D of the North Stand which is capable of accommodating 596 fans per match – the standard ticket allocation for the visiting team. The turnstiles at the end of the underpass are accessible from ?avobrežná street.
With an excellent city location there’s a lot of drinking to be had in the city centre before and after the match.
Fans can purchase official merchandise from MSK Zilina’s Online Store in addition to the various sellers around the ground on matchdays.
It doesn’t appear as if there are any stadium tours available of the facilities at Štadión pod Dub?om.
Futbalový štadión MŠK Žilina sits on the southern bank of the Váh River next to the city’s main railway station, approximately 1.3 km north of the historic city centre.
The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:
- MŠK Žilina a.s. Športová 9, Žilina, 010 01 Slovenská republika
The car park behind the eastern stand is reserved for those in possession of parking passes, whereas the north one is available for guests on a first come first serve basis.
Žilina railway station is well connected to the rest of Slovakia with direct services to Bratislava and Košice. The station also sits on a Pan-European Corridor route between Venice and Kiev which means the city is well connected to the rest of Europe.
Štadión pod Dub?om is literally next door to the station and can be walked to in two minutes. Upon exiting turn right onto Pavla Országha Hviezdoslava, and then right again Kysucká followed by a final right onto Uho?ná to reach the southern end of the stadium.
Airports and Flying
The local airport in Žilina is small and is no longer served by regular International flights which means the nearest airports are either the one in Bratislava (161 km) or Ostrava in the Czech Republic (114 km).
From Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia, you can travel to Žilina by train in just over 90 minutes.
As Štadión pod Dub?om is right next to the train station there are plenty of accommodation options within a five minute walking distance. The Three closest are the Holiday In Zilina, Hotel Slovan and Best Western Plus. For those on a budget Hotel Slovakia 15 minutes south of the stadium looks like a decent shout.