Generali Arena

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Template:About Template:Use dmy dates Template:Infobox Stadium thumb The Generali Arena (previously, and still commonly known as Stadion Letná Template:IPA-cs (Template:Lang-en)) 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 19,784 people.

History

The first stadium at its location opened in 1921, in 1930 it hosted the third Women's World Games.

The current stadium was built in 1969 and reconstructed in 1994. The 1994 reconstruction, 25 years after the stadium was first opened, saw Letna closed for nine months as the running track was removed.<ref name=12thman>Template:Cite news</ref> The playing surface was renovated in 2001, including the installation of a new under-soil heating 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.

Letna 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.<ref name=12thman/> After the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, Letna 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 Holland and Norway.

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 Letna against Spartak Moscow. It was, at the time, the biggest fine ever handed out by UEFA to a club for racist chanting.

Name

Originally known as Letná Stadium (Letenský stadion), the stadium took the name Toyota arena after a sponsorship deal in 2003. Later AXA took over naming rights, in 2007. Since 2009, it is named after its current sponsor, Generali.

Non football activities

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 plá?" behind it. During the Velvet revolution in 1989 there were some 800,000 people assembled here for various anti-government demonstrations.Template:Citation needed

See also

  • List of sports venues with the name Toyota

References

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External links

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