City dismisses proposed demolition of Strahov Stadium
The City of Prague has wasted no time reacting to a proposal made public this week that the famous Strahov Stadium, overlooking the city, could be demolished to pave the way for new development. The idea was floated by the Czech Sports Association, which owns ten percent of the stadium and underlying buildings and grounds. But the city, which owns the rest and was not consulted, says flat out it is not going to happen.
Still, it isn’t the first time specialists have imagined the city without Strahov: one Prague architectural firm won an urban planning competition two years ago, with a proposal suggesting the city pull the stadium down. Matyáš Sedlák is one of the architects who took part:
“The competition was a visionary one and we soon came to the conclusion that Strahov stadium was in many respects a barrier. The stadium, as is, no longer serves a practical purpose: you no longer have massive Sokol or Spartakiáda displays and that means that if it stays it will have to be converted: into apartments or something else. But since it would no longer be a stadium either, we thought it would be best if it were demolished. There is huge potential there for the city.”
Mr Sedlák suggests that the grounds could be used for new homes, cultural activities, green space, and much more, although such a massive project would require clear direction and supervision, taking ten – 15 years to fully complete. As it stands, without city hall’s support, the idea will never get off the ground.