Doosan Arena

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Doosan Arena
Doosan Arena.JPG
Location Plzeň, Czech Republic
Coordinates 49°45′00″N 13°23′08″E / 49.75000°N 13.38556°E / 49.75000; 13.38556Coordinates: 49°45′00″N 13°23′08″E / 49.75000°N 13.38556°E / 49.75000; 13.38556
Broke ground 1953
Opened 1955
Renovated 2003, 2011
Owner The city of Plzeň
Capacity 11,722
Field size 105m x 68m
Tenants
FC Viktoria Plzeň

Doosan Arena, previously known as Stadion města Plzně (Plzeň City Stadium) is a multi-purpose stadium in Plzeň, Czech Republic. It is located in the Štrunc Park near the confluence of Mže and Radbuza rivers. The stadium is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of FC Viktoria Plzeň. The stadium holds 11,700 people. It is also known as Stadion ve Štruncových sadech (Stadium in Štrunc Park), named after Emil Štrunc, a former regional chieftain of the Sokol Movement (some people incorrectly think it is named after a famous local footballer Stanislav Štrunc).[citation needed]

The stadium was opened in 1955 for the regional Spartakiad. After various construction enlargements, its capacity was 35,000 people, 7,600 of which were seated. In 2002-2003 it underwent reconstruction to comply with the needs of football association and the capacity lowered significantly to 7,425 people.[1]

2011 reconstruction[edit]

In April 2011, work costing approximately 360 million Czech koruna got under way to modernise the stadium in line with UEFA criteria.[2] While the reconstruction was in progress, the capacity of the stadium was reduced to 3,500 spectators.[3] At the end of August 2011, part of the 2011 reconstruction had finished, leaving the stadium with a new capacity of around 8,500.[4] In December 2011, the reconstruction was finished with a resultant capacity of almost 12,000.[5]

In 2011, Plzeň played in the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League group stage. However, home matches were played at Synot Tip Arena in Prague due to the reconstruction. In January 2012, the stadium was approved for use in Plzeň's 2011–12 UEFA Europa League match with Schalke 04.[6]

Average Attendance[edit]

  • 1993/94 - 5,774
  • 1994/95 - 4,573
  • 1995/96 - 3,441
  • 1996/97 - 4,626
  • 1997/98 - 3,819
  • 1998/99 - 4,033
  • 2000/01 - 3,073
  • 2003/04 - 3,622
  • 2005/06 - 4,118
  • 2006/07 - 4,836
  • 2007/08 - 3,828
  • 2008/09 - 4,005
  • 2009/10 - 3,629
  • 2010/11 - 6,415
  • 2011/12 - 7,009
  • 2012/13 - 10,046
  • 2013/14 - 10,089

References[edit]

  1. ^ eFotbal.cz: Plzeň chce nový stadion až za 400 milionů - 20 May 2010
  2. ^ "Rekonstrukce stadionu začala, do Štruncových sadů vjely bagry" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Plzeň začala na novém stadionu šetřit, škrtla vybavení za 24 milionů" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 7 July 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Fanouškovský kotel plzeňských fotbalistů roste. A stěhuje se" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 27 August 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Zájemci si mohou prohlédnout opravený stadion ve Štruncových sadech" (in Czech). idnes.cz. 13 December 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "UEFA rozhodla: zápas Plzeň - Schalke se bude hrát na stadionu v Plzni" (in Czech). Hospodářské noviny. 16 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 

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