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Slavia Prague (Fortuna Arena)


                    
                    

Since opening in 2008, the stadium has had many different names, including Stadion Eden, Synot Tip Arena, Eden Arena, Sinobo Stadium, and now the Fortuna Arena. It is the biggest football venue in the Czech Republic, ahead of Stadion Evžena Rošického and Sparta Prague’s epet ARENA. The overall construction cost of the stadium was 1 billion CZK, which was a significant reduction from the original cost of 1.8 billion.

Fortuna Arena was designed by Slavia Prague, alongside Arcadis Project Manager, Hochtief, and Czech architects from Omicron-K design. The plans for the new stadium were first submitted in 2003, but it took until October 2006 for construction to begin. The first match at the stadium was on May 7, 2008, between a Slavia Legends team against Oxford University A.F.C.

With a capacity of 19,370, Fortuna Arena is the biggest stadium in the Czech Republic. Given that it was opened in 2008, the design is modern, with four covered stands and six floors with various hospitality opportunities.

One of these is the Club Floor, which has a capacity of 500 seats and is in the central part of the stadium. As well as this, there are 41 private Skybox suites with 460 seats. This helps Fortuna Arena hold not only football matches but also concerts. The likes of Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, and Coldplay have performed here in the past.

Fortuna Arena has hosted 19 Czech Republic national team matches. One of these was the victory against England in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying group stage. Zdeněk Ondrášek scored the winning goal in the 85th minute to secure a famous 2-1 victory against Gareth Southgate’s team.

Tours of the stadium and club museum are available at weekends when Slavia Prague are not playing at home. The tour includes eleven stops outlining the history of the oldest Czech club.

Old match-worn shirts from players such as Tomáš Souček’s and Vladimír Coufal are located in the museum, along with various other Slavia archive material from legendary players. The museum covers 1,200 square metres, and there are more than 1,200 exhibits.

Fans are also taken to the dressing room, press conference and post-match media areas, as well as a look at the pitch from the bench. The stadium tour route is outlined as follows on the Slavia Prague website:

  1. Stadium entrance and Slavia Museum on the ground floor
  2. TV footbridge on the 4th floor
  3. Family Room – facilities for the families of players
  4. Press centre on the 3rd floor
  5. Presidential box on the 2nd floor
  6. Slavia Museum on the 1st floor
  7. VIP Box
  8. Grandstand and Club Floor
  9. The Pitch and the substitute benches
  10. Presidential corridor
  11. Guest dressing room and mix zone

A standard adult ticket costs 200 CZK, while tickets for children cost 50 CZK. Slavia also provide a deal for families with two adults and two children under the age of 15 at the cost of 400 CZK. Discounted prices are available to season ticket holders, Disability identification card holders (ZTP, ZTP/P) and their accompaniment, children under six and people over 65.

You can look at which other groups the discounts apply to, as well as discover the specific exhibits that are included within the “most modern football stadium in the Czech Republic” here.

Matchday tickets can be purchased at the stadium or on the Slavia Prague website. The ticket price varies based on three categories (Z1, Z2 and Z3) depending on the opposition.

Tickets are available to buy online through ticketportal.cz where you can change the language to English and search for the relevant fixture. The maximum number of selected seats for one match is six tickets.

Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office near entry number four at Fortuna Arena. They are usually open two working days before the game. A ticket office near entry two is also open on matchdays. Payment can be made in Czech Crowns or by credit card at the in-person ticket offices, and ID is not required.

You can find this information and purchase tickets here at Slavia Prague’s club website.

The stadium is located in Prague 10 – Vršovice and is around 4 kilomtres away from the historic city centre. It is easily reachable by car and by public transport.

Slavia Prague provide the following public transport advice on their website:

  • “There is a bus stop and a tram station in the close proximity of the stadium.
  • “Tram station Slavia – Nádraží Eden: Lines 6, 7, 19, 22 and night lines 95, 97, 99.
  • “Bus stop Slavia – Nádraží Eden: Lines 135, 136, 150, 213.
  • “Train stadion: Praha – Eden”

Taking the train to the stadium is the recommended option for first-time supporters, as it takes only 10 minutes from Prague’s centre. The tram and bus journeys take around 23 to 25 minutes, while walking to the ground from the city centre would take around an hour.

The official address of Fortuna Arena to put in your SatNav is U Slavie 1540/2a, 100 00 Praha 10-Vršovice. When you get near the stadium, there are four main suggested spots for parking on the Slavia website.

There are two main parking spots located at Fortuna Arena, called P1 and P2. P1 is usually accessible only for fans with a special permit, while P2 is available for 70 cars at the price of 300 CZK per event. However, it is usually high in demand and full for home matches.

Other options include Shopping centre Eden, which is under the roof opposite the stadium and is around a three-minute walk away. It is two hours of free parking, with additional hours costing 60 CZK. Atrium Flora is another option, which is one to three hours free, with each additional hour costing 50 CZK. It is four stops away by bus 136 to Fortuna Arena. Finally, Vivo! Hostivař provides free parking in the Hostivař shopping centre. The stadium is 10 tram stops away from the shopping centre.

Away fans are located in the corner of the stadium in the lower tier, with a small allocation. The Gate 3 ticket office is located next to the away end and is used for away fans to pick up their matchday ticket on the day of the game or before if they have planned ahead.

Slavia Prague Stadium
Feyenoord fans in the away section at Slavia Prague – Photo by Icon Sport

There are plenty of affordable bars to visit ahead of the game in Prague. To sample the local Czech beer, such as Straropramen and Pilsener Urquell, visit Prague Pubs to see the variety of options. Old Town Square is usually a popular destination for away supporters, particularly British fans, with The Dubliner Irish Pub often cited as one of the best places to go.

Away fans also have the choice of parking near the ground or on public transport routes such as the bus, tram, or train. Public transport is advised due to limited parking on matchdays in and around the ground.

The stadium is located in a residential area, meaning food and drink options are limited in comparison to Prague’s old town. However, if you are looking for places to eat and drink near Fortuna Arena, the best places are located near the tramline called “V Olšinach”.

Popular destinations located more centrally in Prague include McCarthy’s Irish Pub, Zlatá Hvězda Sports Bar, Rockey O’Reillys Bar, and Sports Bar Pohoda. In terms of food, Jama Restaruant is a popular destination for football fans, with local Czech beer also served inside an old-fashioned design.

There are a variety of options to stay near the stadium. If you want to stay next to the ground, the Exe Iris Congress Hotel is the best option. The Hotel Slavia is slightly further away but has a number of positive reviews, as well as the Hotel Mars. You can view other hotel alternatives near Fortuna Arena here.

Slavia Prague’s main rival is, of course, Sparta Prague. The Sparta Prague was first played back in 1896 and has since developed into one of the most important fixtures in the Czech football calendar.

In the last five seasons, Sparta Prague and Slavia Prague have won the Czech First League four times, with Sparta most recently winning the league last season. Viktoria Plzeň have interrupted the Prague dominance in the last decade, winning the league on six occasions since 2010.

Slavia have not won the Prague derby in their last four attempts, with their last win coming on May 3, 2023, in the MOL Cup final. The race for the title is tight this season, with Sparta leading Slavia by two points with only two games to go.

Fortuna Arena has 33 accessible places for guests with disabilities and 33 places for their companion. Parking lot P1, located at the stadium, is accessible only for fans with a special permit.

Updated 25th April 2024