Nagyerdei Stadion

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Nagyerdei Stadion
Full nameDebreceni Nagyerdei Stadion
LocationDebrecen, Hungary
Coordinates47°33′14″N 21°38′00″E / 47.55389°N 21.63333°E / 47.55389; 21.63333Coordinates: 47°33′14″N 21°38′00″E / 47.55389°N 21.63333°E / 47.55389; 21.63333
OwnerCity of Debrecen
OperatorDebreceni VSC
Capacity20,340 [1]
Record attendance20,000 (Hungary vs Denmark, 22 May 2014)
Field size105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
Broke ground2013
Opened11 May 2014
Construction costc. 11,5 billion HUF
( 40 million)
ArchitectPéter Bordás
Project managerGéza Kamuti
Structural engineerDezső Zsigmond
Main contractorsNagyerdei Rekonstrukciós Ltd.
Debreceni VSC
Diósgyőri VTK (2014, 2017)
Hungary national football team
Debreceni EAC (football) (2020–)
Official Website

Nagyerdei Stadion is an all-seater asymmetric football stadium in Debrecen, Hungary and home to Debreceni Vasutas Sport Club (the seats behind the goals are 'Vario' or 'Rail' seats to facilitate safe standing at domestic matches).[2] With space for 20,340 spectators, Nagyerdei stadion has the third largest capacity of any Hungarian football stadium, preceded by Puskás Aréna and Groupama Aréna and the second largest Nemzeti Bajnokság I stadium after Groupama Aréna. The stadium primarily hosts Debreceni Vasutas Sport Club's home matches. It was opened on 1 May 2014 [3] and the first official match was played between Debrecen and Újpest in the 2013–14 season which ended with a 3–1 victory for the host team.[4]

As well as hosting Debreceni VSC games, the stadium will host matches for the Hungary national football team. The ground also holds conference and banqueting suites and a club shop selling Debrecen merchandise.


First era (1934-2013)[edit]

On 5 June 1934, the stadium was opened, although only couple of days later was the first official match played on 24 June 1934. Bocskai FC played against the Italian club Bologna F.C. 1909 in the Mitropa Cup 1934. The match ended with a 2–1 home victory, however Bocskai FC was eliminated from the Mitropa Cup 1934 season in front of 12,000 spectators.

Between 1934 and 2013 the Nagyerdei stadion was the home of Bocskai FC and Debreceni VSC. It hosted the Flower Carnival of Debrecen (Debreceni Virágkarnevál in Hungarian).

Reconstruction (2013–14)[edit]

On 29 March 2010, the first initial plans of a future stadium were presented. The designer of the stadium was Dezső Zsigmond. The stadium will be able to host about 20000 spectators.[5]

On 22 September 2010, Péter Szijjártó, the correspondent of the Hungarian government, announced that the Hungarian government will support financially the construction of a new stadium in Debrecen. It was also announced the capacity of the stadium will be suitable for all matches of the UEFA Champions League matches except for the UEFA Champions League Final.[6]

On 1 December 2010, it was announced that a project firm will be established in order to execute the construction of the new stadium. Lajos Kósa, mayor of Debrecen and Member of Parliament of Hungary, announced that by 2012 Debreceni VSC will be playing at the new stadium and can celebrated their 110-years anniversary of the foundation.[7]

Tibor Krecz announced that there were four tenders among which there were Hungarian and foreign companies on 5 December 2012. It was also announced that the money available is enough for the execution of the construction. The committee of the NSR Ltd. will evaluate the tenders and announces the winner who can start the construction in the spring of 2013.[8]

Construction of Nagyerdei Stadion in June 2013

The plans of the new stadium was presented and displayed on the official website of the Debreceni VSC on 3 May 2012.[9]

The construction of the new stadium officially started on 29 January 2013. At the conference hall of the Kölcsey Centre Marjay Gyula (the project leader), László Vígh (member of the Hungarian Parliament), and Lajos Kósa, mayor of the City of Debrecen, officially started the reconstruction with an opening ceremony.[10]

On 15 February 2013, Géza Kamuti, the project manager of the HUNÉP Universal Épitőipari Zrt., announced that the demolition of the old stadium was completed.[11] On the same day two 40-centimetre-long shells, allegedly from the Second World War, were found during the construction of the stadium when excavator was demolishing the heating rooms. The police had to close the area with 50 metres.[12]

The foot-stone was placed on 3 March 2013. It was announced that according to the plans, the stadium will be opened in April 2014. At the ceremony János Halász, minister of the Human resources of Hungary, was present who said that Debrecen deserves a new stadium.[13]

On 24 September 2013, the construction of the pitch was started.[14]

On 3 October 2013, a public procurement was announced for the reconstruction of the Nagyerdei Stadion. 16 658 red and 3391 white seats are going to be assembled.[15]

The construction of the entrance gates to the stadium was started on 20 December 2013.[16]

The floodlights system was first switched on at the stadium on 17 January 2014. The 216 light bulbs creates 1800 lux which meets the requirements of the HDTV broadcasts.[17]

On 11 February 2014, it was announced that the first match will be played on 1 May 2014. According to the report of, the reconstruction of the stadium is 85% ready. Therefore, on 1 May 2014 the stadium can be opened.[18]

On 3 March 2014, Lajos Kósa, mayor of City of Debrecen, Márton Vági, Secretary of Hungarian Football Federation, and Jenő Sípos, correspondent of the Hungarian Football Federation announced that the first match of the Hungarian national football team will be against Denmark on 22 May 2014. The national team haven't played in Debrecen for 12 years when Hungary hosted Belarus at the Stadion Oláh Gábor Út in 2002.[19]

The first bird view photos were released on 13 March 2014.[20]

On 3 April 2014, it was announced that Vera Tóth, Gigi Radić, Viktor Király, Ildikó Keresztes, Gabriella Tóth, and Lou Bega are going to perform at the opening ceremony of the stadium. There is going to be an opening match between Debrecen All Stars and Hungary All Stars. Debrecen All Stars is going to include former Debrecen players such as Tamás Sándor, Csaba Madar, and Csaba Szatmári, while Lajos Détári and Márton Esterházy are going to play for the national team.[21]

A 41-year-old worker died while working on the roof of the newly built stadium on 26 April 2014. [22]

On 28 April 2014, Lajos Kósa announced that everything is ready for the opening ceremony to be held on 1 May 2014. It was also said at the press conference, hold on the turf of the new stadium, that the service providers are the Local government of the City of Debrecen (22%), Debrecen University (22%) and Campus Eleven (56%). Lajos Kósa also declared that the club will raise money for the family of the deceased worker on the opening ceremony. Lázsló Papp, vice mayor of Debrecen and Hungarian MP, said that 90% of the tickets are sold. Attila Nagy, managing director of the Debreceni Közlekedési Vállalat, said that company is prepared for the delivery of the 20,000 spectators from the centre of the city to the stadium. The company has never transported so many people before.[23]

Second era (2014-present)[edit]

Nagyerdei stadion from bird view

On 1 May 2014, the Nagyerdei stadium was opened with an inauguration ceremony. Viktor Orbán, Hungarian prime minister, said that "the Hungarian spirit, the architects, the engineers, the workers make Hungary a great country again with constructions like the Nagyerdei stadium" (in Hungarian: "A magyar szellem, a tervezők, a mérnökök, a munkások ilyen alkotásokkal teszik ismét naggyá Magyarországot"). The stadium was also santificied by Nándor Bosák, bishop of the Roman Catholic Church, Gusztáv Bölcskei, minister, and Fülöp Kocsis, bishops of the Greek Catholic Church. After the sanctification, singers such as Lou Bega, Viktor Király, Ildikó Kersztes, Gigi Radić, and Erika Miklósa entertained the audience. The first match was played between the Debrecen All Stars and Hungary All Stars, including players such as Attila Pintér, current Hungary national football team coach, Kálmán Kovács, former Budapest Honvéd legend, Péter Lipcsei, former Ferencváros icon, György Véber, former Újpest icon and current Mezőkövesd manager, Imre Garaba, former Hungary international, Flórián Urbán, former Újpest legend, and Lajos Détári, former Hungary national team legend.[24]

On 10 May 2014, the first official match was played at the new stadium between Debrecen and Újpest in the 2013–14 Hungarian League season. The match ended with a 3–1 victory over the Budapest-based rival, Újpest. The first goal of the match was scored by Kulcsár in the 27th minute. Although Vasiljević equalised the score in the 37th minute, Debrecen were able to clinch the victory in the second half due to an own goal by Antón in the 46th minute and a goal by Vadnai in the 85th minute.[25][26]

On 22 May 2014, the first match of the Hungary national football team was played at the stadium in front of 20,000 spectators which ended with a 2–2 draw against Denmark national football team. The first goal was scored by the former Debrecen legend Dzsudzsák. Eriksen equalised the score in the 56th minute. The debutant Varga took the lead in the 69th minute again, but the score was equalised by Schöne in the 72nd minute.[27][28][29]

Géza Róka, director of Debreceni Vasutas Sport Club, said in an interview on Sport 1 that they are expecting 10,000-11,000 spectators on average in the 2014–15 season at the new Nagyerdei Stadium. If the club reach this achievement, it could have a positive effect on the finances of the club. The club celebrates the opening of the new stadium with a Hungarian League title.[30]


The Nagyerdei Stadion cost 45.2 million USD. The price per seat was US$2,222. In 2014, the arena was the 5th cost-effective building, overtaking the Groupama Arena of Ferencváros.[31]


Debreceni VSC and the Hungary national football team are the major tenants of the stadium. Debreceni VSC will play their Hungarian League, Hungarian Cup and Hungarian League Cup matches, while the Hungarian national team will pay their friendly matches and UEFA or FIFA World Cup qualifier matches.

On 20 June 2017, it was announced that Diósgyőri VTK will not play their home matches at the Mezőkövesdi Városi Stadion because the turf cannot endure it. As a consequence, Diósgyőr will play the home matches of the 2017–18 Nemzeti Bajnokság I matches at stadium of Debreceni VSC', Nagyerdei Stadion, in Debrecen.[32]

On 8 March 2021, it was announced that Qatar national football team will host three international matches at the stadium against Azerbaijan, Republic of Ireland, and Luxembourg due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[33]


Nagyerdei stadion was voted the 4th Stadium of the Year by Stadium Database.[34]

Transport connections[edit]


The stadium can be approached by bus No. 23Y from the centre of Debrecen. The service delivers passengers from Doberdő utca to Vámospércsi út from Monday to Sunday from 5 am to 10 pm. The service is provided by the Debreceni Közlekedési Vállalat (DKV).[35]


Tha stadium can be approached by tram No. 1 from the centre of Debrecen.[36]


From the Debrecen International Airport the Nagyerdei Stadion can be approached by car from the direction of Mikepércsi road, by shuttle bus or by rail.[37]

Milestone matches[edit]

1 May 2014 Debrecen Hungary 5 – 5 Hungary Debrecen Exhibition match
First match
(Report) Attendance: 20,500
10 May 2014 Debrecen Hungary 3 – 1 Hungary Újpest 2013–14 Nemzeti Bajnokság I
First Nemzeti Bajnokság I match
Kulcsár Goal 27'
Antón Goal 46'
Vadnai Goal 85'
(Report) Vasiljević Goal 37' Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Hungary Erdős Hungary
3 July 2014 Diósgyőr Hungary 2 – 1 Malta Birkirkara 2014-15 Europa League
First UEFA Europa League match
Barczi Goal 34'
Bacsa Goal 90+3'
(Report) Bissi Goal 35' Attendance: 6,112
Referee: Andorra Ignasi Villamayor Rozados
5 July 2014 Debrecen Hungary 4 – 2 France Olympique Lyonnais Friendly match
First international friendly match
Sidibe Goal 21' Goal 69'
Kulcsár Goal 40' Goal 67'
(Report) Yattara Goal 46'
Bahlouli Goal 75'
Attendance: 8,110
Referee: Hungary Tamás Bognár
22 July 2014 Debrecen Hungary 2 – 0 Northern Ireland Cliftonville 2014-15 Champions League
First UEFA Champions League match
Mihelič Goal 55'
Sidibe Goal 79'
(Report) Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Serbia Vlado Glodjović

National team matches[edit]

22 May 2014 Hungary  2 – 2  Denmark Friendly match
Dzsudzsák Goal 25'
Varga Goal 69'
(Report) Eriksen Goal 56'
Schöne Goal 72'
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
5 June 2015 Hungary  4 – 0  Lithuania Friendly match
Stieber Goal 15'
Dzsudzsák Goal 20'
Nikolić Goal 29'
Priskin Goal 30'
(Report) Attendance: 6,218
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (Czech Republic)
24 March 2021 Qatar  v  Luxembourg Friendly match
[ (Report)] Attendance: 0
Referee: TBD
27 March 2021 Qatar  v  Azerbaijan Friendly match
[ (Report)] Attendance: 0
Referee: TBD
30 March 2021 Qatar  1-1  Republic of Ireland Friendly match
[ (Report)] Mc Clean J Attendance: 0
Referee: TBD

Average attendances[edit]

As of 19 May 2019

Debrecen only played two matches at the Nagyerdei Stadion during the 2013–14 season.[38] This table includes only domestic league matches.

Season Debreceni VSC Ref
Division GP Average Change Highest Gate Lowest Gate
2014–15 NB I 15 3,818 8,157 vs Ferencváros 2,283 vs Kecskemét [39]
2015–16 NB I 17 3,010 −21.1% 6,241 vs Ferencváros 1,285 vs MTK Budapest [40]
2016–17 NB I 17 3,407 +13.2% 7,138 vs Ferencváros 1,685 vs Bp. Honvéd [41]
2017–18 NB I 16 3,916 +14.9% 10,841 vs Ferencváros 1,635 vs Mezőkövesd [42]
2018–19 NB I 16 3,547 –9.1% 7,002 vs Diósgyőr 1,828 vs Bp. Honvéd [43]



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