Club: SK Slavia Praha | Opening: 2008 | Capacity: 20,800 seats
History and description
The Eden Arena was built to provide Slavia Praha with a modern home. It was constructed in the place of Slavia’s old stadium that had opened in 1953.
First plans for the construction of a new stadium were made in the late 1980s, demolition works started, but works were cancelled when the communist regime collapsed and funding dried up.
Slavia played at the stadium for another decade, but were then forced to move away as the it failed the requirements for top league football.
Plans for a new stadium kept being made, but encountered various delays until in 2006 building works finally started. Works finished almost two years later.
The Eden Arena officially opened on the 7th of May 2008 with an exhibition match between a selection of former Slavia players and Oxford University AFC (5-0). The first goal was scored by Vladimir Smicer.
The stadium was temporarily named Synot Tip Arena following a sponsorship deal, but referred back to its previous name from the summer of 2012.
The Eden Arena is set to host the 2013 UEFA Super Cup match, the first away from Stade Louis II after UEFA decided for a rotating host.
The Eden Arena is located toward the south east of the city of Prague, about 4 kilometres from Prague’s historic centre and main railway station (Hlavní Nádraží).
The stadium lies a 20-minute walk away from Prague Vršovice train station, which has regular service with the main railway station and destinations toward the south and east of the city.
It is easier to reach the stadium by tram though. Lines 4, 7, 22, and 24 pass right by the stadium. Tram 22 and 24 are most useful from the historic centre. Tram 22 can, for example, be caught from Národní and Spálená street in the historic centre, and from Malá Strana on the east bank of the river Vltava. Tram 24 can be caught from Jindřišská street near the main railway station.
Address: U Slavie 1540/2a, 100 00 Praha 10
Eat, drink, and sleep
Eden Arena is located in a predominantly residential area consisting of apartment buildings. You may find the odd place to eat along Vršovická avenue and right next to the stadium lies Shopping Centre Eden, which has a few coffee shops and restaurants, but eating and drinking in Prague’s old town will be much more pleasant.
The Exe Iris Congress Hotel is part of the Eden Arena, gets good reviews, and is very affordable. Hotel Slavia is a decent alternative at only a few minutes walking, and Hotel Mars is also not far away. Click here for all hotels near the Eden Arena.
Of course, you can just as well choose a hotel in Prague’s old town and catch a tram to the stadium.
Tickets for Slavia Praha games can be bought online via Ticketportal, or at the ticket office at the Eden Arena.
Tickets are also available on the gate from a few hours before the start of the match. Slavia rarely sell out.
Slavia have divided their home matches into two pricing categories. Tickets for a category Z1 match, the cheapest, range in price from CZK 160.00 for a seat behind the goal to CZK 310.00 for a seat at the main stand. Tickets for a category Z2 match, the most expensive, range in price from CZK 210.00 to CZK 420.00.
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