Prague is home to three main football clubs: Sparta Prague, Viktoria Zizkov and my team, Slavia Prague. The standards aren't great. An average league game looks like a replay of a Second Division relegation dogfight, played in slow motion.
Currently playing second fiddle to the fascists of Sparta, Slavia draw in piffling crowds of about three thousand for an league game. The atmosphere is pretty sedate, apart from derbies and European matches, when drums, airraid sirens and trumpets intimidate the opposition.
Other highlights include fights breaking out among their own supporters, fireworks raining down on the running track, and more riot police than fans. Unreconstructed football!
Equipment: Bring an umbrella if you sit on the lower tier, because the hardcore on the upper level sometimes celebrate a goal by chucking their beer around.
Also, bring some lubrication if you're travelling by bus to a big match - you'll need it to squeeze into one on the journey back into town!
In some ways this may not be much use but the Czechs are mad about Ice Hockey. When I was there the world ice hockey champs were on and while not a fan we thought we'd splash out £6 for top notch seats to the Latvia/Kazakstan match.
Absolutely fantastic atmosphere with the crowd going crazy on every stoppage and the big screens above the rink flashed people from the crowd ... and beer was 50p a pint.
If Prague's local matches are half this good (and I bet tickets are cheaper still) I'd become a season ticket holder.
Ice hockey is THE sport in the Czech Republic. Many Czech-born players have moved on to the NHL, and the domestic league also features many prominent players. The national team is among the best in the world and always are one of the favorites to compete for the world championships and an Olympic medal. A few prominent Czech hockey players (and national heroes) are Jaromir Jagr, Dominik Hasek, and Milan Hejduk.
Prague was buzzing from the World Championships during my visit in May 2004, and hockey was on the minds of everyone. If you get a chance to attend a game in the hockey hotbed of Prague, go for it.
I good new and fresh gym is the one at Hilton hotel although it costs 450 Czech crowns (about 15 US$) to exercise there.
It has alot of aerobic machines, a pool, sauna, free weights, technogym machines, and a squash court. Also they have some aerobic classes and spinning. There is a spa there as well.
Sparta Prague are the best team in Prague and certainly the most successful in the Czech Republic. Ticket prices are fairly cheap and for those coming in Summer there's likely to be a few friendly fixtures and even Champions League/ UEFA qualifiers to attend. Other than that, you could also see rivals Slavia Prague in action, or even Viktoria Zizkov who were recently relegated from the top division.
If you like in-line skating you should try Letna park or Stromovka park. Letna is my favourite.
Equipment: You can take your own roller skates or you can borrow them in a "Skate hire".
Miami sport - Letenske sady
Kostelni 44 (next to the Technical museum)
Open: Mon-Fri 12:00 - 21:00, Sat - Sun 11:00 - 24:00
Inline saktes - 70 CZK/1 hour
Scooter - 50 CZK/ 1 hour
Pads - 20 CZK/1 hour
One of the main reasons of my last trip have been the games of the ice hockey world championships, which were held in the Sazka Arena in Prague, a new build high tech arena. It has been a great experience to be there. I watched three games there and liked the atmosphere very much! It was fun to meet all the international ice hockey fans and especially the Czech fans of course!!!
Unfortunately taking pictures was strictly forbidden, you even weren't allowed to take cameras in... so I only have pictures from the outside after the first day.......
Equipment: Ice Hockey Jersey, flags and a funny mood!!!!!
As always, have snow will sled. We had the chance to do some sledding when we were walking through Petrin park. Some kids were nice enough to leave their sled sitting out where "kids at heart" could take a whirl. I opted not to partake but Chuck did a great job navigating the course. Hey, it had to be documented somehow!
From April 24th till Mai 9th 2004, Prague will host the Icehockey World Championship. If you are interessted in Hockey, Prague would be the perfect place to enjoy.... Icehockey, Beer and Woman....?
Equipment: You need a ticket. That's it.
there are quite a few places to see the "big" game - Caffrey's, Legends, JJ Murphys are just a few that I really like.
Legends has a ton of screens with multiple games going on. in old town / ungelt
caffrey's will normally have just one game on, and gets filled fast. in old town.
JJ's is smaller, but great. normally one game on at a time.
all have great food. a little more on the pricey side - touristy prices, but still good.
Equipment: gear - an empty stomach for beer and food!
Prague currently has 3 clubs playing in the Czech top league (Gambrinus League). Sparta Prague (www.sparta.cz) who are frequently the Czech qualifiers for the Champions League; Slavia Prague (www.slavia.cz) as the local rival for Sparta and Viktoria Zizkov (www.fkviktoriazizkov.cz) a famous working class club.
Matches of the Czech national team are often played in the Sparta Stadium (Toyota Arena) which is a compact 20,000 all-seater stadium.
It is a summer bobsleigh track. Great fun for everybody (not dangerous).
Suitable for children above 8 years.
Price: 40 CZK adults, 30 CZK children
Running time: daily 10 am to 10 pm.
The website is in Czech, but comprehensible (more photos).
Equipment: No special equipment.
If you're travelling to Prague in a group, travel to Hotel Diplomat (nearest stop Dejvica on the green line) for some go-karting. It's reasonably priced and it's large enough to show off your Schumacher skills.
From around October to April, there are 2 local hockey (I think both professional) teams, Sparta Praha (Jagr and Hasek have played for them) and Slavia Praha.
Go to the arena to check it out. (Tourist centres, hotels and hostels can point it out for you) We payed only 50kc (which is less than $2US) to watch Slavia Praha. The hockey is exciting and the atmosphere is amazing. The crowd, mostly standing room only, are always yelling, chanting, and playing music. It was a great experience!
In April 2002, I went to see the Prague derby match between Sparta and Slavia. It was played on a Friday afternoon and we took a taxi from the town centre to the Stadium. The match tickets were about £3 and beer was 20p. For a derby match, it didn't have the passion you would find in England but it was definitely worth going to see.