Visiting Sparta Prague
This page was largely written to help football fans coming out here to watch Euro matches but it’s worth understanding a little of the history. Sparta Prague (in Czech AC Sparta Praha) has been around since 1893 (I actually first learned this after asking about some graffiti) and had worn their famous maroon coloured team shirts since 1906. One of the top football teams in the country they are always challenging at the business end of the season either for the title, a Champions League spot or at least a UEFA League spot although they’ve never quite managed to lift European silverware. Karel Poborsky, Tomas Rosicky and Petr Cech all learned their trade at Sparta Prague. They are quite familiar with UK teams coming to visit. Security staff will speak basic English (the shop staff are usually fluent).
TIP: If you can tie it into your trip they do a Stadium Tour. Send them an email on firstname.lastname@example.org to see what they can offer. Price seems to be CZK150 arranged in advance or CZK200 on the day.
The Sparta Prague Stadium is called “Generali Arena” after the insurance company but it can also be called the “Stadion Letna” due to it’s close proximity to the opposite Letna Park. It’s very easy to get public transport here. The Metro station Hradčany (green line) is 200 metres up the road and there’s a tram stop right outside. Tram 12 takes you into the Holešovice area and local hotels. Tram 8 takes you to Republic Square and local hotels. Republic Square is only a 5 minute walk from the Old Town Square.
Here you’ll find the Sparta Prague Stadium Google Maps location.
Getting to Sparta Prague From the Airport
People staying the night in Prague are usually arriving early and will generally take a cab from the airport (I have my own recommended airport transfer service) to get to the accommodation, dump bags and then stay in the vicinity of the stadium until the game starts. If you are on a flying “no luggage” visit and want to save a bit of cash then buy a couple of CZK24 tickets, take the 119 bus from the airport to Metro Nadraži Veleslavin. Take the green line direction “Depo Hostivar” and get off at Hradčany. After exiting the metro station turn right and Sparta Prague is 300 metres on your left opposite the park. If you are using public transport then here’s a guide for How to Use a Touch-Screen Ticket Machine.
My preferred route is to take the number 2 tram from the Old Town to the Hradčanska tram stop (3 stops). Or you take the metro to Hradčanska. Either way you now walk back towards the park i.e. about 300 metres and the stadium is on your left.