|Former names||Stadion Eden (2008)|
Synot Tip Arena (2008-2012)
Eden Aréna (2012-2018)
|Location||Vr?ovice, 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 korun|
|Architect||Martin Kotík |
|SK Slavia Prague (2008-present)|
Bohemians 1905 (2010-2012)
Czech Republic national football team (selected matches)
The stadium has a capacity of 19,370 people and it is the biggest and 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 Plze? 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 Vr?ovice 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 K?ídla 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 ?olí?ek 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 Ev?ena Ro?ického, 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 A temporary stand was built in the place of former eastern stand, but it was clear that Eden was outdated and Slavia needed a new home ground.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 Knoflí?ek) 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, sought to buy a 70% stake in the stadium and announced plans to invest around EUR50 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 April 2017, it was announced that the details of the transaction have since changed and CEFC China Energy had purchased the stadium in full. The stadium was then renamed to Sinobo Stadium.
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 eight competitive matches and four friendly matches of the Czech Republic national football team.
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.
|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|||
|24 May 2017||Depeche Mode|
|28 May 2017||Rammstein|
|29 May 2017|
The stadium is served by buses and trams, with stops for both using the name Slavia. Trams 4, 7, 22 and 24 run along Vr?ovická 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 ?elivského and nearest train station is Praha-Vr?ovice.