|Former names||Stadion Eden (2008)
Synot Tip Arena (2008–2012)
|Location||Vršovice, Prague 10, Prague, Czech Republic|
|Operator||SK Slavia Prague|
|Field size||105 metres (115 yd) x 68 metres (74 yd)|
|Broke ground||15 September 2006|
|Opened||7 May 2008|
|Construction cost||1 billion koruna|
|Architect||Ing. arch.Martin Kotík
Ing. arch.Daniel Dvořák
Ing. arch.Leoš Zeman
|SK Slavia Prague (2008–present)
Bohemians 1905 (2010–2012)
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.
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.
In the 1970s, it became apparent that Eden 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 the nearby Ďolíček stadium (home of FC Bohemians Prague, now known as Bohemians 1905) 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 A temporary stand was built in the place of former eastern stand, but it was clear that Eden was outdated and Slavia needed a new home ground.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 became ineligible to host Czech First League matches, so Slavia moved to the unpopular Strahov again.
Slavia finally presented a project of the new stadium, but no construction started. In December 2003, the old Eden stadium was torn down and Slavia announced that the new stadium would be opened on 19 October 2005, however, by October 2005 the construction had not even started. It took another year to start. The project had to be scaled down to lower the construction cost from 1.8 billion Czech koruna to less than 1 billion. The construction eventually started in October 2006.
Despite the stadium not being fully finished, it was opened on 7 May 2008 with an exhibition match against Oxford University A.F.C. Many former Slavia stars (such as Pavel Kuka, Patrik Berger, Jan Suchopárek and Ivo Knoflíček) took part in this match, which Slavia won 5–0.
In 2016, CEFC China Energy, who had previously purchased a majority stake in SK Slavia Prague, bought a 70% stake in the stadium and announced plans to invest around €50 million (including the purchase price) to improve the stadium capacity and turn it into the main national stadium for the Czech Republic national team.
In July 2008, it was announced that betting company Synot Tip had made an agreement with E Side Property Limited, the owners of the stadium, regarding a sponsorship deal regarding one of the stands. In 2009, the stadium's name was officially changed to Synot Tip Arena.
In 2011, Natland Group were announced as the new majority owners of the stadium.
Eden Arena has hosted three competitive matches and two friendly matches of the Czech Republic national football team.
27 May 2008
|Czech Republic||2 – 0||Lithuania|
|Koller 39', 62'||(Report)|
14 October 2009
|Czech Republic||0 – 0||Northern Ireland|
8 October 2010
|Czech Republic||1 – 0||Scotland|
6 September 2013
|Czech Republic||1 – 2||Armenia|
|Rosický 70'||(Report)||Mkrtchyan 31'
5 March 2014
|Czech Republic||2 – 2||Norway|
5 June 2016
|Czech Republic||1–2||South Korea|
|Marek Suchý 46'||Yoon Bit-garam 26'
Suk Hyun-jun 40'
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.
List of concerts
|3 June 2008||Metallica|||
|8 August 2008||Iron Maiden|||
|17 August 2008||R.E.M.|||
|25 June 2009||Depeche Mode|||
|20 July 2010||P!nk|||
|7 May 2012||Metallica|||
|11 July 2012||Bruce Springsteen|||
|16 September 2012||Coldplay|||
|24 June 2013||Bon Jovi|||
|23 July 2013||Depeche Mode|||
|29 July 2013||Iron Maiden|||
|5 July 2016||Iron Maiden|||
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.
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- Mistrem ligy se stala po devětatřiceti letech Slavia (Czech)
- Martin Divíšek (3 June 2008). "OBRAZEM: Metallica dobyla Eden". denik.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 20 June 2011.
- Grzegorz Klatka (8 August 2008). "OBRAZEM: Iron Maiden zaplnili Eden". denik.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 20 June 2011.
- Michal Bystrov (18 August 2008). "Nedělní procházka po Měsíci s R.E.M.". denik.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 20 June 2011.
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