Puskás Ferenc Stadium

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Puskás Ferenc Stadium
Puskás Ferenc Stadium (2009)
Puskás Ferenc Stadium (2009)
Earlier names

Népstadion (1953-2001)

place Istvánmezei út. 3-5 1146 Budapest , Hungary
Coordinates 47 ° 30 '11.1 "  N , 19 ° 5' 53.5"  E Coordinates: 47 ° 30 '11.1 "  N , 19 ° 5' 53.5"  E
start of building 1948
opening 20th August 1953
First game August 20, 1953
Honvéd Budapest - Spartak Moscow 3-2
demolition March to August 2016
surface Natural grass
capacity 28,300 spaces (when closed)
playing area 105 m × 68 m

The Puskás Ferenc Stadium , until 2001 Népstadion ( German  "Volksstadion" ), was a football stadium with an athletics facility in the Hungarian capital Budapest , in which mostly football games were played. The Hungarian national football team played a total of 192 official international matches here from 1953 to 2014. It was officially closed on October 5, 2015. The stadium initially offered space for over 100,000 spectators. In the end, the building, which is over sixty years old, only had 28,300 places available for safety reasons.


The then Népstadion was built between 1948 and 1953. It held 104,000 spectators. The opening and the first game took place on August 20, 1953. Honvéd Budapest and Spartak Moscow (3: 2) faced each other on the pitch . On May 23, 1954, the Hungarian national football team, known as the “ Golden Elf ” , inflicted its highest defeat to date on England with a score of 7: 1 in front of 92,000 visitors . For the Hungarian international match on October 16, 1955, 104,000 spectators came to the Népstadion against Austria . This is the record number of visitors to the Hungarian National Stadium.

The British rock group Queen played as part of their Magic Tour on July 27, 1986 in the Népstadion one of the first large open-air stadium concerts by a large western band in what was then the Eastern Bloc . Her appearance was partially released on the album Live Magic (1986) and the DVD / Blu-ray Queen - Hungarian Rhapsody: Live In Budapest (2012).

The stadium has been named after Ferenc Puskás (1927-2006) since 2001 , active in the glorious era of the late 1940s and 1950s, who is considered Hungary's greatest footballer of all time. The nearby Metró Budapest train station also bears this name.

Efforts have been made since the end of 2011 to build a new, more modern stadium. In March 2012, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that a new arena with a capacity of around 65,000 spectators would be built. In addition, the entire area around the stadium is to be expanded into a larger sports complex. For this purpose, a swimming arena , a cycling track and a fencing hall are to be built in addition to the existing buildings such as the Papp László sports arena . In the long term, Budapest wants to position itself better for a successful application for the Olympic Games.

Since June 2012 it has been possible to vote for the name of the new stadium on the official website of the new stadium. In addition to other suggestions, the previous name “Népstadion” and the previous name “Puskás Ferenc Stadion” are also available. In April 2013 they agreed on a rough concept that provides for a “stadium within a stadium”. The new arena is to be built within the old stadium. The space between the new and old stands should also be roofed over; this creates over 10,000 m² of usable space, which u. a. can be used as a training room. The stadium should comply with a classification of the highest category 4 within the UEFA stadium infrastructure regulations .

The Ferencváros Budapest football club played its games in the national stadium during the construction of the Albert Flórián stadium . The new Fradi venue was reopened in August 2014.

The stadium was officially closed on October 5, 2015. At the end of the game, there were a few friendly matches in a wide circle. In addition to derbies from Ferencváros and Vasas as well as Újpest and Honvéd , teams made up of actors , journalists , winemakers , authors , lawyers and doctors also met . The visitors had free entry to the event. The Hungarian team's last international match took place on June 7, 2014 in the former Népstadion against Kazakhstan (3-0). Since then, the games have been played in the Groupama Aréna in Budapest and in the Nagyerdei Stadium in Debrecen . Both arenas reopened in 2014 after renovation work. The new national stadium Új Puskás Ferenc Stadion ( German  New Puskás Ferenc Stadium ) is to be built on the site of the old Puskás Stadium from 2016 to 2019 .

Demolition work on the stadium began in March 2016 and was completed in August of that year. At the beginning of May 2016, large parts of the stadium were demolished. Almost the entire lower tier and more than half of the upper tier on the back straight were removed by the construction machinery.

New building

At the beginning of April 2017, the contracts with the construction company ZÁÉV Építőipari Zrt. and Magyar Építők Zrt. closed. Construction began shortly thereafter. The inauguration and the first game in the new arena took place on November 15, 2019. The Hungarian national football team met two-time world champions Uruguay in a friendly match . Hungary lost the game against Uruguay 2-1.


Panorama of the stadium from 2008

See also

Web links

Commons : Puskás Ferenc Stadion  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b stadiumdb.com: Hungary: Farewell, Legend of Budapest! Article from October 7, 2015
  2. puskasferencstadion.com: Data and pictures about the stadium (English)
  3. mnsk.hu: Orbán Viktor: hatvanötezres stadiont tervezünk - Official website of the new stadium ( Memento from June 17, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) (Hungarian)
  4. mnsk.hu: Stadion a stadionban - különleges megoldással épül az új nemzeti stadion - explanation of the rough concept ( memento of March 17, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) (Hungarian)
  5. mnsk.hu: VISZLÁT STADIUM! - Final program of the stadium Article of October 2, 2015 (Hungarian)
  6. stadionwelt.de: Puskás Stadium permanently closed Article from October 7, 2015
  7. mnsk.hu: Új Puskás Ferenc Stadium (Hungarian)
  8. stadionwelt.de: Puskás Ferenc Stadion: demolition by October Article from February 22, 2016
  9. stadionwelt.de: Video on the work on the Puskás Ferenc Stadium Article from May 5, 2016
  10. stadiumdb.com: Budapest: Construction almost launched at Puskas article from April 2, 2017 (English)
  11. ^ Hungary and Uruguay to open Puskás Aréna in Gera farewell. In: en.mlsz.hu. Magyar Labdarúgó Szövetség , accessed on October 26, 2019 .
  12. Hungary 1-2 Uruguay: Cavani on target as hosts lose Puskas Arena opener. In: onefootball.com. November 15, 2019, accessed November 15, 2019 .