Prague: Spectator Sports
The Seductive Virgin City of Europe
Spectator sports huge in Prague are Ice Hockey during the winters and Golf and Soccer during the rest of the year. The sports section of the Prague's Post is every sports enthusiast's bible as it carries information on all upcoming tournaments, coverage of the same, information on ticket prices, where to buy them etc. Sports tickets for major events can be bought online at www.ticketpro.cz
Ice Hockey -- Although Czech stars like Jaromír Jágr and Dominik Hasek have left home to play in the NHL, Czech hockey still has a lot of up-and-comers. Prague's team Sparta Praha plays their national rivals from mid-September to April. Admission costs between EUR 2-3/- per head. Sazka Arena, the new and one of the most modern sports arenas in Europe, has been christened by hosting the Ice-Hockey World Championship in 2004. This multipurpose venue for up to 18,000 spectators offers mainly ice-hockey games of local hockey team HC Slavia, but serves for cultural, social, and other sports events throughout the year as well. It would do you good to check www.sazkaticket.cz for programs and tickets.
Football / Soccer -- AC Sparta Praha, the top local soccer team, has a fanatical following, and games draw rowdy crowds. Tickets for big matches often sell out long before game time, but seats are usually available up to the last moment for lesser matches. Game tickets are usually 50Kc EUR 3-5/- for a domestic league game and EUR 10-50/- for an international match.
Although golfing hasn't gotten off to a flying start in Prague, the Praguers are gradually warming themselves to this sport form and for starters, enjoy watching the sport. It won't be long before golfing becomes a hugely respected and followed spectator sport in Prague!