Puskás Aréna

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Puskás Aréna
The Puskás Aréna in September 2019
The Puskás Aréna in September 2019
place Istvánmezei út. 3–5 1146 Budapest , Zugló , Hungary
Coordinates 47 ° 30 '11.3 "  N , 19 ° 5' 53"  E Coordinates: 47 ° 30 '11.3 "  N , 19 ° 5' 53"  E
classification 4th
owner Magyar Labdarúgó Szövetség (MLSZ)
start of building 2017
opening 15th November 2019
First game November 15, 2019
Hungary - Uruguay 1: 2
surface Natural grass
costs 183.35  billion  HUF
(around 556  million   , planned)
architect György Skardelli (KÖZTI)
capacity 67,155 seats
playing area 105 × 68 m

The Puskás Aréna is a football stadium in the XIV. District ( Zugló ) of the Hungarian capital Budapest . It was built on the ground of the Puskás Ferenc Stadium from 1953, named after the Hungarian football legend Ferenc Puskás (1927-2006), which was demolished in 2016. The new national stadium with 67,155 seats accommodates u. a. the home games of the Hungarian national football team . The arena, owned by the Magyar Labdarúgó Szövetség  (MLSZ) football association , is intended to be the venue for the 2021 European football championship . Initially, the venue was to keep its old name, but was later renamed Puskás Aréna .



The Puskás Ferenc Stadium was getting on in years. The capacity of the building, which once held over 100,000 spectators and was called the Népstadion until 2001, had to be reduced to 28,300 for safety reasons in the last few years before it was demolished.

Plans for a new national stadium were announced as early as October 2008. It should offer 31,200 covered places and if necessary it should be expandable by 12,500 places. This included 34 VIP boxes, 1200 business and 200 VIP seats. It should meet all international requirements. The total cost should at eleven billion HUF (about 34.2 million euros ) are. The expenses should pay for themselves within twenty years. A renovation of the former Népstadion ( German  Volksstadion ) was not considered profitable at the time. Ultimately, however, these plans were not implemented.

In 2011, UEFA announced that to mark the 60th anniversary of the European Football Championship, the 2020 competition would be held in stadiums in various European countries. In spring 2014 the Hungarian association MLSZ applied for the future stadium as the venue for the 2021 European Football Championship.

Previously, on April 23, 2013, the politician László Vigh announced the construction of a new national stadium with 65,000 seats. The plan for the new football arena envisaged the stadium inside the stadium with the demolition of the Puskás Ferenc stadium while preserving the old stadium walls. Construction should start at the end of 2014 and be completed after three years. The government assumed a construction price per square of 3000 to 4000 euros , which would have resulted in total costs of 60 to 80 billion HUF (approx. 180 to 240 million euros). With further investments like u. a. in parking spaces, the costs could rise to 70 to 90 billion HUF (around 210 to 270 million euros). On July 31, 2014, the Nemzeti Sportközpontok ( German  National Sports Center ) presented the final design of the new stadium. The architect is György Skardelli from the KÖZTI architectural office. Skardelli was also in charge of the design of the neighboring multipurpose hall Papp László Budapest Sportaréna . On September 19, 2014, UEFA, in the person of President Michel Platini in Geneva, announced the then 13 venues for the 2020 European Football Championship, including the Hungarian capital with the Puskás Aréna. There will be three group matches and a round of 16.

In May 2015, the daily Nepszabadsag reported , citing the politician responsible for the project Balázs Fürjes, that the plans for the stadium construction should be simplified. One wants to reduce the enormously increased costs. The originally estimated HUF 100 billion would only cover two thirds of the costs. The stadium itself is to be built as planned. The other, planned, facilities for other sports, such as the athletics track under the stadium roof, are to be painted and the construction is to be geared towards hosting football matches.

In mid-December 2016, the Hungarian website 444.hu reported that the planned construction time had to be extended from 32 to 35 months. Since, according to UEFA rules, the stadium has to be ready at least six months before the European Championship tournament ( deadline : December 2019), the delay would cause problems for the builders. A construction company still had to be found and the foundation stone was still to be laid . The Hungarian government expected completion at the end of 2019. In February 2017, János Lázár , Head of Viktor Orbán's State Chancellery , announced that the previously planned costs have almost doubled from HUF 100 billion (around EUR 303 million) to HUF 190 billion (around EUR 576 million) .


Construction was about to start at the beginning of April 2017. On April 3, a contract was signed with the construction company ZÁÉV Építőipari Zrt. and Magyar Építő Zrt. closed. The total budget in the contract was HUF 183.35 billion (around EUR 556 million). HUF 40.5 billion (around EUR 123 million) comes from the budget and the largest part of HUF 142.85 billion (around EUR 433 million) comes from taxpayers' money. Five percent of the amount was set aside as a reserve for additional, unplanned expenses. Every day of a delayed completion after the deadline would have cost the construction company 142 million HUF (almost 431,000 euros). The media took up another problem. Only 500 new parking spaces were planned for the new building. This is a ratio of one parking space for 134 visitors. Visitors are forced to walk or use local public transport . The National Sports Complex is well connected to bus, tram and rail connections, such as the nearby Budapest Keleti pályaudvar ( German:  Budapest East Station ).

On June 29, 2018, Balázs Fürjes opened the free visitor center in the vicinity of the stadium. Using 3D and virtual reality technology , it was possible to take a look at the future football arena. There are also some memorabilia from Ferenc Puskás. There is a football museum in the stadium with exhibits from Puskás and the Golden Eleven from the 1950s. The investments came entirely from Hungary. Only local experts worked on the project from planning to construction. A total of 10,000 people worked on the project.

In mid-December 2018, a joint delegation from the communications department of the Hungarian Sports Journalists' Association (Magyar Sportújságírók Szövetsége, MSÚSZ) and the Hungarian Football Association (MLSZ) got an idea of ​​the construction and the work carried out up to that point. The architect György Skardelli personally presented the new building with the facilities such as the changing rooms, the foyer, the press bar and the press conference room on the west side, which are located opposite the former tower building. It has been largely restored to its original form. The working conditions for the journalists compared to the old Népstadion have improved enormously and meet UEFA requirements.

After visiting the construction site in May 2019, UEFA was satisfied with the progress of the work. Completion approached in September of that year. The lawn was laid and the red plastic seats in the stands and the four large video walls were installed. The building can be illuminated in different colors on the outside. So it shone z. B. in the Hungarian national colors green, white and red. The interior of the stadium with the three rows of spectators arranged one above the other is reminiscent of the Allianz Arena in Munich .


The stadium opened on November 15, 2019 with a friendly match between the Hungarian national soccer team and Uruguay . The game was also the farewell game for former midfielder Zoltán Gera (97 caps and 26 goals), who is currently the coach of the Hungarian men's U-21 national football team . Advance sales for this game started on the morning of October 25th. By the afternoon of the day, 25,000 tickets had already been sold, according to the Hungarian Football Association. Only 40,000 tickets went on sale and were sold out in a few days. The MLSZ kept 28,000 cards and distributed them among others. a. to local sports clubs and companies involved in construction. The completion took place in the period end of October / beginning of November.

The Hungarians lost 2-1 to the South Americans at the stadium premiere. The first goal was scored by striker Edinson Cavani in the 15th minute . The goal for the hosts was the Bundesliga pro Ádám Szalai . The stadium was sold out with 67,156 spectators.


Game for the UEFA Super Cup 2020

On June 17, 2020, UEFA moved the 2020 UEFA Super Cup game from the Estádio do Dragão in Porto to the Budapest stadium. The game is scheduled to take place on September 24th.

Games of the European Football Championship 2021

The Budapest football arena is to be the venue for preliminary group F alongside the Allianz Arena in Munich. There is also a game in the round of 16. In mid-March 2020, the European Championship was postponed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is now to be held from June 11 to July 11, 2021.

  • June 15, 2021, Group F: Playoff winners A / D - Portugal -: - (- :-)PortugalPortugal 
  • June 19, 2021, Group F: Playoff winners A / D - France -: - (- :-)FranceFrance 
  • June 23, 2021, Group F: Portugal - France -: - (- :-)PortugalPortugal FranceFrance 
  • June 27, 2021, round of 16: first group C - third group D / E / F) -: - (- :-)

UEFA Europa League 2022/23

On March 2, 2020, UEFA awarded the final of the 2021/22 UEFA Europa League to Budapest with the new national stadium. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic , Budapest will not host the European final of the 2022/23 UEFA Europa League until one year later .


  • As of August 22, 2016
  • The stadium with three grandstand rings has a maximum seating capacity of 67,155 spectators.
  • The playing field has the dimensions 105 × 68 m.
  • It has 80 boxes (called skyboxes )
  • There are 276 wheelchair-accessible spaces available. There is also a place for a companion for each seat.
  • The four video walls suspended under the roof each have an area of ​​112 m².
  • 480 screens were installed in the stadium .
  • The new national stadium has 974 toilets, 723 urinals and 714 wash basins.
  • 27 elevators were installed in the Puskás Aréna .
  • 130,000 m³ of concrete , 19,000 t of reinforcing steel and 12,000 t of structural steel were used for the stadium .
  • 38 pylons , each 40 m high, form the outer corset. Almost 1,600 piles were sunk into the ground for construction.
  • The dimensions are 316.50 m in length, the maximum width is 261.30 m and at the highest point the Puskás Ferenc Stadium rises 50.70 m in height.
  • The area of ​​the new building is 60,703 m². The gross floor area is 208,010 m²
  • The steel roof structure covers an area of ​​57,142 m².
  • 556 new parking spaces were created.


See also

Web links

Commons : Puskás Aréna  - collection of images, videos and audio files

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