Multipurpose facilities are designed to host multiple sports events simultaneously. Essentially any sports facility is big enough to hold multiple events. However, multiple sports facilities are specially designed to cater to many sporting activities. The concept was more popular in Canada and America, where baseball and football events took place simultaneously and needed different play areas. These two sports are radically different from each other. Football fields are rectangular, while baseball fields are shaped like diamonds. The concept of multipurpose centres quickly spread towards Europe after a few years. Sports teams and governments usually share the costs for building such facilities.
As more and more sports started being played in the Czech Republic, the government began leaning towards building more complex multipurpose sports centres. Even though Prague is not short of beautiful parks, roads or fields to cater to the growing need for play areas, building such centres ensured that people had proper functional indoor facilities to practice in. Many colleges have had multipurpose sports centres built around them. These sports centres have swimming pools with an indoor and outdoor sauna, gyms for training, bodybuilding centres for males, several volleyball courts, beach volleyball court, clay tennis courts, indoor and outdoor tennis facilities, a multipurpose lawn area for children and adults, a football field and athletics tracks. Apart from these, in-line and ice skating facilities are also built close. All these sporting fields and tracks make it possible to hold numerous sporting events in one place. Individuals and families can make use of these centres equally and enjoy their favourite sports.
Sport klub U Divadla
Rytířská 22, Prague 1 – Staré Město; www.sportklubudivadla.cz
In the historical centre of Prague, a modern sports centre is notable for its pleasant and upscale ambience, whose very nature guarantees peaceful privacy.
Information: a swimming pool (9 × 5 m), counter-current swimming, massage jets, Jacuzzi, sauna, tanning bed, fitness club.
Podolské nábřeží 3, Prague 4 – Podolí; www.zlutelazne.cz
Žluté lázně is one of the most sought-after recreational complexes in Prague. This natural site on the banks of the Vltava River offers grassy patches or sandy beaches, a range of versatile sports facilities, a variety of entertainment and refreshment places to relax in with friends or family.
Information: beach volleyball, football, futnet, pétanque, table tennis, outdoor giant chess, longboard, scooters, dragon boats, slacklining, rental of sports equipment (including pedalos, rowboats, paddleboards, etc.), a range of refreshments, the option to arrange a picnic by the river, a children’s playground with a swimming pool and paddling pool, also swimming in the river (at your own risk).
Sportovní areál HAMR – Braník
Vltavanů 1542, Prague 4 – Hodkovičky; www.hamrsport.cz
This sports complex near the Vltava River is ideal for sporting relaxation in the fresh air.
Information: 9 tennis courts, a synthetic surface football pitch, 5 golf courses, a beach volleyball court, 1 clay court volleyball or futnet, a multifunctional Sports Hall (badminton courts, floorball, futsal), rental of sports equipment.
Cinda – Císařská louka
Císařská louka, Prague 5 – Smíchov; www.fun-island.cz
An island of active relaxation, full of traditional and novelty sports activities great for families with children, is a ready assortment of fun activities.
Information: archery, rope centre, hobby, clay court for futnet or tennis, beach volleyball, kids’ activities, dragon boats, canoes.
Prague 6 – Břevnov; www.ladronka.com
The Ladronka sports-recreational area offers varied sports facilities for all ages. Thanks to its having the longest illuminated in-line track in Prague (a 4.2 km circuit), athletes are particularly fond of it.
Information: specialized trails for bikes and in-line, beach volleyball, beach football, bowling, rental of sports equipment (inline and roller skates, protective pads, scooters, balls, badminton, pétanque, Frisbee), slacklining, disc golf, spikeball, a Baroque-style restaurant with views over Prague, wine cellar, garden restaurant.
Sport Centrum Praha
Tupolevova 710, Prague 9 – Letňany; www.sport-centrum-praha.com
A multifunctional Sports Centre, whose range of activities caters to professional and amateur athletes, allows for sporting families with children, seniors, or disabled athletes.
Information: badminton, fencing, floorball, basketball, yoga, balance exercises in ropes, dance fitness, Pilates, disabled access.
Malletova 6, Prague 9 – Libeň; www.sportstep.cz
An up-to-date equipped multifunctional complex with high-quality facilities for sport, relaxation and entertainment.
Information: indoor golf, tennis, squash, badminton, table tennis, water and sauna world, fitness, wellness, bowling, restaurant, sports goods retail.
Gutovka leisure park
Gutova 39, Prague 10 – Strašnice; www.gutovka.cz
An extensive sports-relaxation facility for all age groups, only three minutes away from Metro A stop – Strašnická.
Information: beach volleyball, five-a-side football, multi-purpose court, climbing wall, rope centre, ice rink (during the winter season), minigolf, children’s playground, skate park, water world, sauna, refreshments.
HAMR – Záběhlice sports complex
Záběhlická 48, Prague 10 – Záběhlice; www.hamrsport.cz
The first and largest HAMR complex covers 15 acres (6 hectares) of greenery at the Hamerský brook.
Information: 18 outdoor tennis courts (roofed in winter), 6 outdoor courts for beach volleyball (also covered in winter), 8 squash courts, table tennis, aerobics and other exercise halls, gym, fitness studio, indoor cycling.
Hector Sport Centre
Malešická 59c, Prague 10 – Malešice; www.hector.cz
A sports and entertainment centre adjacent to the newly renovated Malešický Park providing a wide range of sports and leisure activities.
Information: squash, tennis, badminton, beach volleyball, table tennis, fitness, bowling, sauna, solarium, restaurant.