Club: AC Sparta Praha | Opening: 1921 | Capacity: 19,784 seats
History and description
The first stadium at the site of the current GENERALI Arena was built in 1921. The modest stadium went by the name of Stadion Letná and mainly consisted of open terraces.
The stadium burned down in 1934, after which construction began of a new covered main stand.
Stadion Letná underwent its next change in 1969, when it got almost completely rebuilt, resulting in a capacity of 35,880 places.
The stadium got its current shape in 1994, when it got extensively renovated. In later years, a few further refurbishments have been performed.
The stadium got renamed Toyota Arena in 2003 following a sponsorship deal, and then AXA Arena in 2007. It has been called GENERALI Arena since 2009.
The GENERALI Arena is also one of the most regular playing venues of the Czech national team.
The GENERALI Arena is located in the Letná areas just north of Prague’s old town. The walk from the Old Town Square takes about 20 minutes. Walk north over Pařížská street, cross the Vltava river, and then Letná Park. The walk from Prague Castle takes about just as long.
If you come from the southern part of the city centre or Prague’s main railway station (Hlavní Nádraží), you can also use the metro. Take the green metro line C from, for example, stop Muzeum, and get off at stop Hradčanská. From there it is a 5 to 10-minute walk.
Alternatively, there are various trams that stop right in front of the stadium at stop Sparta. These are line 1, 5, 12, 25, and 26. Line 5 and 26 can be taken from the old town, and line 12 from the west bank of the river and Nádraží Holešovice railway station.
Address: Milady Horákové 1066/98, 170 82 Praha 7 – Letná
Eat, drink, and sleep
The area around the GENERALI Arena is mainly residential, and while you may find the odd bar or restaurant, it is likely a better idea to eat and drink in the old town and make the walk to the stadium before the match. The adjacent Letná Park is nice on a summer’s day.
The Art Hotel Prague is located right opposite the arena and gets very good reviews. Hotel Letna is an equally close alternative, but gets poorer reviews. The Belvedere Hotel and Parkhotel Praha are also well within walking distance, while Hostel Dakura is a budget option. Hotel Hoffmeister may be of your liking if you have more money to spend.
Tickets for Sparta matches can be bought online via Ticketportal, at the Customer Center at the GENERALI Arena, at the Footballmania store at Perlová 1020/8 in the old town, or at the Nike store at Na Příkopě 859/22 also in the old town.
Tickets are also available on the gate from three hours before the start of the match. Despite having the highest attendances in the Gambrinus Liga, Sparta at most sell out the local derby versus Slavia.
Ticket prices start at CZK 130.00 for a seat behind the goal. A seat at one of the sides ranges in price from CZK 230.00 to CZK 400.00.
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