Soccer team 1. FC Slovacko

Written by Max Jandora - Published on 10 October 2022

Category: Special report

1. FC Slovacko is a Czech professional soccer club from the Moravian town of Uherske Hradiste. The team plays in the highest Czech competition, the Fortuna League. It plays its home games at the municipal soccer stadium Miroslav Valenta, which has a capacity of 8,121 spectators. The club colors are dark blue and white.

Club history

The first soccer ball appeared in Uherske Hradiste at the beginning of the 20th century. Soccer was played secretly and the players, who were mainly students of the local high school, even had to disguise themselves. However, those days passed and soccer gradually took over the Slovak capital.

In the first half of the 20th century, the local AC Slovacka Slavia team became a dreaded rival and a pike in championship competitions. The Uherske Hradiste pitch is a breathtaking fortress from which many famous clubs leave with defeat.

The boom also intensified in the 1960s, bringing Uherske Hradiste team to the doors of the soccer elite. Slovacka Slavia joined it in the mid-1990s and after a quick passage through the second league, the home crowd welcomed the top soccer league in a new stadium for the first time in history. Although Uherske Hradiste is proud of its first league affiliation for one season, it is clear that it will long for it in the future.

Stadium history

After the catastrophic floods in the summer of 1997, the representatives of the city of Uherske Hradiste decided to support the plan for the complete reconstruction and construction of a new sports complex, which would include not only specialized clubs and clubs such as athletics, soccer and volleyball, but also schools and interested citizens would serve in other sports activities.

In one of the planned construction phases, a new soccer grandstand with internationally valid playing surface dimensions comprising a so-called paddock area with covered stands for more than 8,000 spectators, artificial lighting, and other facilities were to be built on the site of the former sports facility’s turf pitch.

Not everything went as planned and everything was financially demanding, so the soccer club had to contribute to the financing of the part reserved for soccer, which in the end helped economically to pay for the pitch with a heating and cooling system and automatic watering, as well as to finance the equipment of the interior of the soccer locker rooms.

By mid-2003 the complex renovations to the Main Stand, including fittings, wouldand the automatic watering system and finally new lawn carpet were only laid during the summer months. The delay was also due to increased demand and the roofing of the short stands on the north and south sides of the stadium. The completed soccer stadium in Uherske Hradiste took the form of a classic English-style closed stadium.

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