The stadium was opened in the spring of 1959. It is situated in the Slezská Ostrava city district on the right bank of the Ostravice river and in vicinity of the New City Hall. It is wound by a busy road and thus car parking is complicated in its neigbourhood.
Its seating capacity reaches 17,372 seats at present, none of which are standing rooms. However, thirty-thousand-spectator attendances in the Bazaly stadium used to be no exception at the turn of highly successful 1970s and 1980s. Unfortunately, the present dispositions of the stadium with its neighbourhood do not allow it to be reconstructed in sucha way that it would comply with strict regulations of FIFA and UEFA. This is a reason why no international matches can be held in Ostrava anymore.
The construction of the Bazaly stadium started in the late 1950s as the existing Stará střelnice (Old Shooting Range) stadium ceased to meet hygienic as well as social and sports requirements then. Central Football Department repeatedly demanded that League matches were played on greensward in those days. Baník was always successful in being granted an exception but year by year it was ever more difficult to convince the Department that there couldn’t be done anything about it.
In the meantime so called Trade Unionists‘ stadium (Stadion odborářů) was built in the city district of Mariánské Hory and Fifejdy. It only served as a site for the organization of regional Spartakiad and it was not utilized for other events much. The stadium was affected by the haste in which it was built and it had several faults. On the other hand, it had a very good location in the centre of the city, there was a possibility of car parking and it had an ideal connection by tram, bus or trolleybus.
A group of Baník officials promoted an idea that the team should play in Slezská Ostrava as the club had been established on the right bank of the Ostravice river and it should stay in there. A part of Baník fans was considering the situation in a more reasonable way then and was making an attempt for Baník to utilize the new stadium in Fifejdy. It could have been partly reconstructed to lower the costs compared to a new construction of Bazaly.
In spite of it construction of a new stadium on the right bank of the Ostravice was started. Although natural slopes were taken advantage of in the course of the construction, 135,000 cubic metres of soil were removed plus 4,800 metres of drainage and a kilometre of sewage were planted. The stadium was opened in the spring of 1959. Nevertheless, Baník had to transfer its match with ČH Bratislava to the Trade Unionists‘ stadium as it was not possible to play on newly laid greensward in Bazaly then.
The opening of Bazaly was carried out on April 19, 1959 when Baník was hosting Ústí na Labem and lost its match to this team struggling then against relegation 2:3. The match was accompanied by such dramatic circumstances that chainlink fences had to be mounted subsequently in the stadium after an intervention of Association officials.
The Bazaly stadium went through a series of partial reconstructions afterwards. On August 16, 2000 the last friendly match of the Czech Republic against Slovenia (0:1) could be held in Bazaly owing to these reconstructions. That was the ultimate occasion for the old stadium to host an international match between national teams.
Dimensions of the playing field: 105 x 68 metres
Dimensions of overall grass plot: 125 x 86 metres
Illumination: 1548 / 1067 lux
Scorescreen: Leurocom 2.90 x 7.20 metres
Number of seats for sitting spectators: 17,372
GRANDSTAND (roofed separate seats)
Number of seats: 2,827
VIP seats: 237
Newspapermen’s seats: 100
T1 and T2 – left grandstand: 1,107 seats (entrance no. 1 – one ticket office, two entrance corridors and an independent entrance for disabled spectators)
T3 - VIP sector with an independent entrance
T4 and T5 – righ grandstand: 1,220 seats (entrance no. 2 – one ticket office, one entrance corridor)
TERRACES (open separate seats)
No. of seats: 14,545
Sectors on terraces
V1 – standard bearers of home team: 1,400 seats (entrance no. 3 – one ticket office, two entrance corridors)
P1, P2, P3 – right terraces: 2,784 seats plus right centre with 1,996 seats (entrance no. 4 – two ticket offices, four entrance corridors)
S1, S2, S3 – central terraces: 5,988 seats (entrance no. 5 – two ticket offices, 10 entrance corridors)
L1, L2, L3 – left terraces: 3,848 seats (entrance no. 5 – two ticket offices, 10 entrance corridors)
V2 – standard bearers of visitor team: 526 seats (entrance no. 6 – one ticket office, one entrance corridor)