Three-billion-crown national football stadium to be built at Letna
The bulldozers could be moving in to Prague's Letna in the near future, after plans were unveiled on Wednesday to build a national football stadium on the site of the current Toyota Arena - home to the first division club Sparta. The stadium, which could be ready by 2010, would also host other sporting events apart from football. Rob Cameron has this report.
Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek - a football fan and also a man who needs to win an election in two weeks - announced after meeting the deputy head of the Czech Football Association Vlastimil Kostal on Wednesday that if the Social Democrats return to power the new government will dig deep into its pockets to support the project:
"If I remain prime minister after the elections I will ask the government to release approximately one billion crowns to build the necessary infrastructure for the national football stadium."
With so much talk of the parlous state of the game - allegations of corruption are rife - some have asked whether Czech football really deserves a new stadium. Czech football journalist Petr Nosalek says it doesn't:
There's scant evidence calls like that are being heard at the Czech FA however, who seem keen to push ahead with the project as quickly as possible. Czech football may be going through one of the most shameful episodes in its history, but there seems little doubt the new three-billion-crown stadium will rise on Letna Plain.