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Guide to České Budějovice

The southern Czech city of České Budějovice will be hosting the Lionesses’ final game of 2019, against the hosts the Czech Republic. Hot on the heels from the disappointing 2-1 defeat to Germany in front of a record crowd at Wembley, this is Phil Neville’s last chance before the winter break to arrest a worrying dip in form following the World Cup performances in the summer. 

The city, around two hours south of the capital Prague, is best known for its beer which has been brewed here since as early as the 13th century, and is still home to the Budweiser Budvar brewery. If beer’s not your thing, there’s plenty else to do in this picturesque little destination. Přemysl Ottokar II Square marks the centre of the old town, with its town hall and a fountain, which is illuminated at night and seen as a iconic symbol of the city.

Stadium

The game will be played at Stadion Střelecký Ostrov, which was constructed in 1940.  The original capacity of the ground was 12,000 but subsequently the capacity sits at 6,681 seated spectators. 

It is home to SK Dynamo České Budějovice. It was reconstructed in 2003 in a bid to ensure it met the regulations of the national football association, and during this period the stadium was converted to all seater.

Tickets

For this match, while supporters who are part of the FA’s Lionesses Supporters club have been able to buy their tickets through the SK Dynamo České Budějovice website, you can also purchase tickets from the ticket offices at the stadium on the day of the match.

England fans have been allocated Tribuna JIH for the game and tickets are between £5-7 pounds.

Getting there

While the city is served via a small number of domestic flights through a regional airport, the vast majority of visitors will be coming through the capital city, Prague. From there there are a variety of ways to make the roughly two hour journey south to České Budějovice, including bus and train.

Buses to České Budějovice run approximately every hour on the hour out to the city, taking just over two hours. The last bus back to Prague appears to be at 8.40pm, so won’t be appropriate for Lionesses supporters with a 7.15pm kick-off.  The earliest bus the day after the match is 5.40pm. Tickets cost around £5.

Trains also run from Prague to the city roughly hourly, at a cost of £25 one way and will take you around two-and-a-half hours.

The stadium address for Sat Navs for those thinking of hiring a car is Střelecký ostrov 3, České Budějovice. You will most likely be instructed via a sat nav to go via the D3 and Route 3, but be aware this route has tolls on it. From Prague it should take around two-and-a-half hours on the roads. 

Upon arrival at the stadium you can park in the large parking lot behind the eastern grandstand (entrance from B. Němcová Street) or in the adjacent streets. 

Alternatively, the stadium is about a 25 minute walk from the train station in the city, where you’ll find on-street and secure parking.  The Bus and train terminals are about a five minute walk from each other in the city centre.

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