Municipal stadium in Ostrava witnessed football euphoria

Ostrava - Municipal stadiumOstrava - Municipal stadium 25.10.2016: Quality football as well as an incomprehensible invasion of “fans” to the pitch – all this could be seen at a derby match between the Second League teams of Baník Ostrava and SFC Opava, played in September this year. A stadium filled to capacity, beautiful and original choreographies, fantastic atmosphere – all this contributed to an unforgettable football experience. Football connoisseurs might find it surprising that Baník Ostrava, a well-known Czech football club, plays in the Second League.

Baník was relegated to the Second League after having played in the First League for fifty years. This was all due to financial problems. However, the club was saved in 2016 by a new owner, Václav Brabec, and is now on its way back among the best football teams in the Czech Republic.
Baník Ostrava
had been playing their home matches at the legendary Bazaly stadium since 1959, but the stadium was getting too outdated and Baník had to move to the new municipal stadium. The municipal stadium underwent major renovation in 2011 – 2015, and in the course of it, new, covered stands were built along the running track and the main stand was renovated. The main stand is the only part of the original stadium which has been preserved. An almost new stadium, with a capacity of 15,123, was thus opened in 2015 in Ostrava-Vítkovice, becoming the new home ground of Baník Ostrava in the 2015/2016 season. However, Baník still belongs to the Bazaly stadium, which will probably be turned into a training facility.

FC Baník Ostrava - FC Slezský Opava (3:0), Attendance: 12,111


Silesian derby

Since Baník Ostrava is playing in the Second League now, they had a chance to play a derby against a team from the neighbouring town of Opava, a former First League team. This has not happened for more than ten years. In the context of the Czech Republic this match can be compared to the derby between the “S-teams” – Sparta Prague and Slavia Prague. That is why four sectors between the diehard fans of the away team and the rest of the spectators had to be closed for security reasons. The stadium was packed to capacity, which was, due to the security precautions, decreased by three thousand (full capacity: 15,123 spectators). The match offered everything a fan could wish for – a fantastic atmosphere, fan choreographies, and a victory celebration after Baník had won 3-0. However, there was the one blot, when some of the “fans” invaded the pitch during the first half.


Author: Jiri Vojkovsky | Photo: Lukáš Ston


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