Segways, hoverboards, skates, and bicycles are rather useless in traffic on the cobblestone streets of Prague's city center (however you can rent them and they're lots of fun, but usually are used only in the parks). There is new legislation and heavy debate regarding segways and electric motorbikes in the city center.
Prague has many skateboard parks, rollerblading and bicycle paths, dirt bike tracks, paths for hiking, jogging, or running, indoor pools and outdoor ponds for swimming, and there are a variety of popular Segways that are available to rent for tourists.
Autodrom Most is a motorsport race track near Most in the northwest of the Czech Republic.
The Masaryk circuit (Czech: Masarykův okruh) or Masarykring, now referred to as the Brno Circuit, refers to two motorsport race tracks located close to the city of Brno, Czech Republic The original street circuit was made up of public roads, and at its longest measured nearly 19 miles (31 km). In the 1930s, events such as the Masaryk Grand Prix attracted top teams and drivers. The track is named after the first president of Czechoslovakia, Tomáš Masaryk. Racing on the old roads ended after 1986, when the new (current) circuit was opened.
The annual Motorcycle Grand Prix of the Czech Republic is the circuit's most important event. It is held here since 1950 and is the most famous motor race in the Czech Republic. Championship is part of the World Grand Prix since 1965.
The FIA World Touring Car Championship, FIA GT1 World Championship, Formula Two and the Superbike World Championship also raced at the circuit.
The Czech Republic Motorcycle Grand Prix has always been more of a promoter event than a profit-raiser in itself, tobacco advertising has been banned since 2007.
Sports Venues in Prague
Sport plays a significant part in the life of many Czechs who are generally loyal supporters of their favorite teams or individuals. The two leading sports in the Czech Republic are soccer (football) and ice hockey, both drawing the largest attention of both the media and supporters. Jaromir Jagr is a national hero.
The many other sports with professional leagues and structures include basketball, volleyball, team handball, Czech handball, athletics, floorball and others. Sport is a source of strong waves of patriotism, usually rising several days or weeks before an event and sinking several days after.
O2 Arena (formerly Sazka Arena, stylised as O2 arena) is a multi-purpose arena, in Prague, Czech Republic. It is home to HC Sparta Prague of the Czech Extraliga and is the second-largest ice hockey arena in Europe.
It has hosted important sporting events such as the European Athletics Indoor Championships, two Ice Hockey World Championships (2004, 2015), the Euroleague Final Four 2006, the World Floorball Championship, the Davis Cup finals, as well as a handful of NHL and KHL games, including the 2014 Gagarin Cup final. It can also host stage shows, such as concerts, and other large-scale events.
In October 2008, the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning opened the 2008–09 NHL season at O2 Arena with two games. Two years later, the NHL returned, with the Boston Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes playing twice.
Visitor record held by Madonna concert in 2006, which was attended by 18,628 spectators. On September 6 and 7, 2006 Madonna performed there during her Confessions Tour. She performed again at the arena on November 7 and 8, 2015 as part of her Rebel Heart Tour selling out crowds of over 16,000 patrons. Musicians who also performed at the O2 Arena include: Queen, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga.
The idea of building a new arena in Prague came on the heels of the "golden era" of Czech ice hockey: winning the gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics and three gold medals in a row at the Ice Hockey World Championships. The arena was proposed to be built in time to host the 2003 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships, but due to unforeseen complications with the investors, the ice hockey governing body had to switch that tournament to Finland. The arena's main backer then became Sazka a.s., a Czech betting company.
Generali Arena (Stadion Letná)
The stadium is served by the tram stop Sparta; on lines 1, 8, 12, 25 and 26. The nearest metro stations are Hradčanská to the west and Vltavská to the east.
The Generali Arena (previously, and still commonly known as Stadion Letná [ˈstadjon ˈlɛtnaː] (English: Letná Stadium)) is a football stadium in Prague. It is the home venue of Sparta Prague and often the home stadium of the Czech Republic national football team. It has capacity for 19,416 people.
The first wooden stadium at its location opened in 1921, in 1930 it hosted the third Women's World Games. The stadium burned in 1934 and a new main reinforced concrete grandstand was built in 1937. In 1969 all the other grandstands were replaced by reinforced concrete ones and capacity was extended to 35,880 spectators. The 1994 reconstruction into its present form saw Letná closed for nine months, until the stadium met all international standards. The running track was removed and all spectator places were now seated.
Letná has frequently hosted international matches, in October 1989 the venue saw a crowd of 34,000 watch home side Czechoslovakia defeat Switzerland in a qualifying match for the 1990 FIFA World Cup. After the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, Letná continued as an international stadium, hosting matches of the Czech Republic national football team from 1995, including qualification matches for UEFA Euro 1996, in which the Czechs defeated the Netherlands and Norway.
The playing surface was renovated in 2001, including the installation of a new under-soil heating and watering system and grass from Germany. This necessitated Sparta playing league matches at the end of the 2000–01 season at the nearby Stadion Evžena Rošického.
Sparta was hit by a 55,000 CHF fine from European football governing body UEFA in 2001 following racist slurs from the crowd targeted at black Brazilian Luis Robson in a UEFA Champions League match at Letná against Spartak Moscow. It was, at the time, the biggest fine ever handed out by UEFA to a club for racist chanting.
Since the beginning the stadium has been used as a tribune for events that took place in/around the Milada Horaková street and the large "Letenská pláň" behind it. During the Velvet revolution in 1989 there were some 800,000 people assembled here for various anti-government demonstrations.
The stadium is served by trams, the local stop immediately south of Ďolíček was renamed Bohemians in September 2012; trams 7 and 24 serve the stop. Another stop, Vršovické náměstí, north of the site, is served by trams 4 and 22. The Praha-Vršovice railway station is a 10-minute walk from the stadium.
Ďolíček Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Prague district Vršovice, Czech Republic. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Bohemians 1905. The stadium was opened on March 27, 1932 for a match against SK Slavia Prague. The reconstruction of 2003 changed the capacity to 13,388 (3,028 seated). After reconstruction in summer 2007, its capacity was reduced to 9,000 (3,800 seated). Bohemians 1905 were not allowed to keep the stand sector, they changed it into seats, which reduced the capacity further, to 7,500 (all seated).
In the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons, Bohemians played its home matches at Synot Tip Arena, and Ďolíček was only used for the Bohemians 1905 "B" team.
In 2011, councillors of the city district of Prague 10 approved a proposal to purchase the stadium.
Eden Arena (Synot Tip Arena)
The stadium is served by buses and trams, with stops for both using the name Slavia. Trams 4, 7, 22 and 24 run along Vršovická street, north of the stadium, while bus services 135, 136, 150 and 213 stop on U Slavie street, immediately west of the stadium. The nearest metro station is Želivského.
EDEN ARÉNA (formerly known as Synot Tip Arena) is a football stadium, in Prague-Vršovice, Czech Republic. The stadium has a capacity of 21,000 people and it is the most modern football stadium in the Czech Republic. It is the home venue of SK Slavia Prague and occasionally the Czech Republic national football team.
In the 2010–11 and 2011–12 seasons, it was also the venue of Bohemians 1905 home matches. During the 2011–12 season the stadium hosted home matches for FC Viktoria Plzeň in the Champions League group stage. The stadium was the venue for the 2013 UEFA Super Cup.
In the early 1950s, Slavia was forced to leave its stadium at Letná and a new stadium was built at Eden in the Vršovice district. Its capacity was about 50,000 (mostly for standing). The wooden western (main) stand was taken from the old stadium at Letná, the rest of the stands were made of concrete. The stadium also featured an athletics track. The first match at this stadium took place on 27 September 1953, Slavia drew 1-1 against the team of Křídla vlasti Olomouc. Josef Bican scored the home team's goal.
The stadium is occasionally used for other events beside football, such as concerts or other sports matches. In 2012, the Sokol slet, a mass gymnastics event, was held here. The stadium was used for the final rugby matches of the 2008 and 2009–10 KB Extraliga seasons. There is a hotel and a fan shop in the northern stand, and various other facilities (bar, McDonald's, Komerční banka branch, offices) in the main stand.
Musicians who have played here include: Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, P!nk, Depeche Mode, Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Rammstein.
Tipsport Arena is a multi-purpose arena in Prague, Czech Republic, sponsored by gambling firm Tipsport. The arena opened in 1962 as Sportovní hala and has a seating capacity of 13,150 people for ice hockey games. It was the home arena of Czech extraliga team HC Sparta Praha and KHL's HC Lev Praha. This arena has changed names many times: 1962-99: Sportovní hala; 1999-2002: Paegas Arena; 2002-08: T-Mobile Arena; 2008-11: Tesla Arena; 2011–present: Tipsport arena.
During its existence - arena hosted many important event. It was 4 times the venue of Ice Hockey World Championships. Every year, it is the venue of a very prestigious synchronized skating competition. The arena hosted the 1980 Davis Cup final, where Czechoslovakia defeated Italy. There were hundreds of concerts in the arena during its operation. It was the largest and most important arena in Czech republic for almost 40 years until 2004 when the new O2 Arena opened.
A few days after the end of World War II (a few months after the end of hostilities in Europe), two units of the United States Army played a friendly match of American football. On September 28, 1945, a crowd of 40,000 watched soldier-athletes of the 94th Infantry Division defeat a team from the XXII Corps, by a score of 6-0.
The Great Strahov Stadium (Czech: Velký strahovský stadion) is a stadium in the Strahov district of Prague, Czech Republic. It was built for displays of synchronized gymnastics on a massive scale, with a field three times as long as and three times as wide as than the standard Association football pitch.
When it was an active sports venue, it had a capacity of around 220,000 spectators, making it the largest stadium and the 4th largest sports venue ever built.
Today, it is no longer in use for competitive sports events; it is a training centre for Sparta Prague, and is used to host pop concerts. The stadium is sited on Petřín hill overlooking the old city. It can be accessed by taking the Petřín funicular up the hill through the gardens.
The original stadium dates from the First Republic between the World Wars and served as a venue for popular Sokol displays of massive synchronized gymnastics. The Sokol displays were renamed Spartakiáda during the communist era, referring to the power and strength of the slave uprising led by Spartacus.
Performances with several hundred gymnasts making various complex formations and exercising identically while accompanied by tunes from traditional folk music attracted the attention of many visitors. Some of the most popular shows were those of young well-trained recruits who wore only boxer shorts while on the display or women dancing in miniskirts. The groups of volunteer gymnasts (unlike the soldiers, who were ordered to practise and participate) were put together from keen local athletic association members who regularly trained for the show throughout the year prior to the event, which repeated every five years.
Musicians who played here include: Pink Floyd (110,000+), The Rolling Stones (120,000+), Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi, U2, AC/DC, and Ozzfest.
Stadion Evžena Rošického
The stadium holds 19,032 spectators. Stadion Evžena Rošického is adjacent to the considerably larger Strahov Stadium, the second biggest in the world. It is named after Czech athlete and anti-Nazi resistant Evžen Rošický, executed by Nazis in 1942.
Stadion Evžena Rošického, also known simply as Strahov, is a multi-purpose stadium in Strahov, Prague in the Czech Republic. It hosted the 1978 European Athletics Championships and for many years this was the venue for main annual international athletic meet of Prague (Evžen Rošický Memorial and later Josef Odložil Memorial) until Stadion Juliska took the role in 2002. Nowadays the stadium is used only for minor domestic athletic competitions and mostly for football matches, although no team plays at the stadium regularly. It served as the home ground for SK Slavia Prague from August 2000 until May 2008 when their new stadium, the Synot Tip Arena, was opened. It is also occasionally used by other Czech teams, and is the usual venue for the Czech Cup final.
Sparta Prague played here at the end of the 2000–01 season due to the installation of under-soil heating at their stadium. Viktoria Žižkov played European matches here in the 2001–02 UEFA Cup and 2002–03 UEFA Cup. Sparta Krč played its home matches here in the 2007–08 Czech 2. Liga. Sparta's reserves played here for two seasons, in the 2008–09 Czech 2. Liga and 2009–10 Czech 2. Liga.
In the 2009–10 season, Bohemians Prague used Stadion Evžena Rošického as its home stadium. Additionally, SK Kladno and Bohemians 1905 both played one home match here in March 2010 due to under-soil heating concerns at their own stadia, after the winter break.
In October 2011, Dukla Prague played a match here while work was done on their under-soil heating and seating installation in the 2011–12 Gambrinus liga. By doing so, Dukla became the ninth team to play a home match at Strahov in ten years.
Stadion Evžena Rošického is also an important location for many FM radio station transmitters that cover the Prague region, including Radio Beat and BBC Radio Service.
Štvanice stadium was situated on Štvanice Island, Czech Republic and was ranked among the oldest stadiums in Prague. The stadium was in its heyday in the first half of the 20th Century, but has been in decline since 1961.
Czech national hockey teams at first had to win five European titles, before players finally saw their first stadium with artificial ice rink. The stadium was built in the early 1930s and was entirely made of wood. On January 17, 1931, the first hockey match on the synthetic ice was played. After this, Štvanice stadium became the Ice skating centre of Prague for 30 years and countless numbers of hockey-players and figure skaters were brought up there.
In 1961 a new arena at the fairground became home to HC Sparta Prague, although they continued to play there occasionally when booking conflicts arose. Subsequently, the rink at Štvanice started to grow old and waste away. Only regional ice hockey and public skating kept it alive. After several years the stadium had to be closed due to poor repair. As late as 1998, civil association APeX CLUB carried out repairs and Štvanice stadium was reopened. It was open for public skating and hockey returned. In 2000 Štvanice Arena was proclaimed a national cultural monument and was protected by the state.
But it was not a happy ending. In Summer 2002, Prague was hit by catastrophic flood and a big part of the stadium was damaged. Sadly, not even the Czech Ice Hockey Association was able to help. Only thanks to APeX CLUB was it reopened in October of that year.
In 2008 the city denounce contract to tenants due to not meeting contractual obligations to care. According to the report there has been a danger of collapse of the structure. Štvanice Stadium has been definitively demolished in May 2011.
FK Viktoria Stadion
The stadium is located close to Husinecká tram stop, served by trams 5, 9, 15, and 26.
The FK Viktoria Stadion, officially named the eFotbal Arena, is a multi-use stadium in Prague, Czech Republic. It is used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of FK Viktoria Žižkov. The stadium holds 5,037 people, all seated. In 2007 the club opened a shop at the stadium for the sale of club merchandise. A new playing surface was laid in 2011 after the club was promoted to the Czech First League, one of the conditions of the club's acceptance into the league.
Stadion Eden (Stadion Dr. Václava Vacka 1953)
Stadion Eden, officially named Stadion Dr. Václava Vacka, was a multi-use stadium in Prague, Czech Republic. It was initially used as the stadium of Slavia Prague matches. It was replaced by the current Eden Arena in 2008. The original capacity of the stadium was 38,000 spectators, mostly standing terraces.
In the early 1950s, Slavia was forced to leave its stadium at Letná and a new stadium was built at Eden in the Vršovice district. Its capacity was about 38,000 (mostly for standing) and the stadium also featured an athletics track. The wooden western (main) stand was taken from the old stadium at Letná, the rest of the stands were made of concrete. The first match at this stadium took place on September 27, 1953, Slavia drew 1-1 against the team of Křídla vlasti Olomouc. Josef Bican scored the home team's goal.
In the 1970s, it became apparent that the stadium did not provide sufficient comfort for the visitors and started planning to build a new one in the same place. However, under the communist regime, the planning went quite slowly. Several projects were made, and the construction was finally to start in 1990. In 1989, Slavia moved temporarily to nearby Ďolíček stadium (Then home of FC Bohemians Prague) and the eastern stand was torn down. However, the overthrowing of the communist regime in 1989 delayed the construction. In the meantime, Slavia moved to Stadion Evžena Rošického, a stadium on the Strahov hill, which is large but uncomfortable and poorly accessible.
In the early 1990s, the whole construction was cancelled and Slavia moved back to Eden. A temporary stand was built in the place of former eastern stand, but it was clear that Eden was outdated and Slavia needed a new home ground. Several more projects were made, but Slavia was unable to raise sufficient funds and there were some legal problems, as the premises were owned by the government and it took a lot of effort to transfer them to Slavia. In 2000, the stadium was not eligible to host Czech league matches, so Slavia moved to the unpopular Strahov again.
In December 2003, the old and abandoned Eden stadium was torn down. In 2006 construction of new stadium began. In May 2008, the Eden Arena was opened.
The ground is served by bus service 131 from Hradčanská metro station to bus stop, Juliska. Tram services 5 and 8 run from Dejvická metro station to tram stop Nádraží Podbaba, near the Hotel International.
Stadion Juliska is a multi-use stadium in Prague-Dejvice, Czech Republic. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of FK Dukla Prague.
The stadium is also used for athletics events, including the annual Josef Odložil Memorial. The stadium seats 8,150 people on individual seats.
In 2012 a statue of former Dukla player and European Footballer of the Year 1962 Josef Masopust was unveiled outside the stadium.
The stadium played host to its first Dukla match on 10 July 1960 in the 1960 Mitropa Cup. In front of a crowd of 10,000, Dukla beat visitors Wiener SK 2–1, with goals from Rudolf Kučera and Jiří Sůra.
In 1997, Dukla Prague vacated the stadium after 49 years in Prague. A redevelopment of the stadium was completed in 2001, costing 28 million Czech koruna. This redevelopment, which included the laying of a new all-weather running track, brought the stadium in line with IAAF standards.
League football returned to Juliska on 4 August 2007, as the new FK Dukla Prague hosted SFC Opava in their first home match after reaching the Czech 2. Liga. The home side missed a penalty and lost 2–1. On 29 July 2011, Juliska hosted its first top flight football fixture since 1 June 1994, the opening fixture of the 2011–12 Czech First League between FK Dukla Prague and SK Sigma Olomouc. The match finished 0–0.
Following Dukla's promotion to the Czech First League in June 2011, the Czech Football Association indicated that a condition of the club's acceptance into the league would be that they install under-soil heating and 2,270 new seats, scheduled to be installed between 23 September and 28 October 2011. On 5 October 2011, it emerged that the club's new under-soil heating would not be ready in time for the league match at home to Jablonec on 22 October, which meant switching the fixture to an alternative stadium in Prague.
Stadion na Plynárně
The stadium is around 10 minutes' walk from Nádraží Holešovice metro station. Tram services 12 and 14 stop at the U Průhonu station, which is approximately 400 meters west of the stadium entrance.
Stadion na Plynárně is a stadium in Holešovice, Prague, Czech Republic, opened in 1953. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Loko Vltavín. The ground hosted matches in the 2013–14 Czech National Football League.
Stadion SK Prosek
The ground is around 15 minutes' walk from the Střížkov metro station.
Stadion SK Prosek is a stadium in Prague, Czech Republic. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of FK Bohemians Prague (Střížkov).
When the club played in the Gambrinus Liga between 2008 and 2010, the ground was not used for league matches, with the club using FK Viktoria Stadion and Stadion Evžena Rošického instead. The club only used the stadium for training. Before the club's promotion to the Gambrinus Liga in 2008, the club had played in Horní Počernice. The club moved to the stadium in Střížkov in time for the 2011–12 season, in which they played in the 2. Liga.
Czech Lawn Tennis Club
The I. Česky Lawn Tennis Klub Praha (Czech: 1st Czech Lawn Tennis Club Prague) is a tennis club located on Štvanice Island in the center of Prague, Czech Republic. The club was founded in 1893. The current stadium seats 8,000 spectators, and was built to host the 1986 Federation Cup. The club is the home of the Strabag Prague Open, an annual event on the WTA Tour and the ATP Challenger Series.