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Stadion Eden (1953)

Stadion Eden
Eden
Full name Stadion Eden Dr.Václava Vacka[1]
Location Prague, Czech Republic
Coordinates
Owner Slavia Prague
Operator Slavia Prague
Capacity
38,000 (1953)
4,500 (2000)[2]
Construction
Opened 27 September 1953[1]
Demolished December 2003-2004[2]
Tenants
Slavia Prague (1953-1989, 1990s-2000)

Stadion Eden, officially named Stadion Dr. Václava Vacka,[1] 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.[2]

History

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.[1] Its capacity was about 38,000 (mostly for standing)[2] 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.[1]

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 A temporary stand was built in the place of former eastern stand, but it was clear that Eden was outdated and Slavia needed a new home ground.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. New stadium

Slavia finally presented a project of the new stadium, but no construction started. In December 2003, the old Eden stadium was torn down.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e S. K. Slavia Historie klubu (Czech)
  2. ^ a b c d Databáze Sportovních Stadionů (Czech)

External links

  • Stadium information
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