Puskás Aréna

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Puskás Aréna
Új Puskás Ferenc Stadion 2019.05.12.jpg
Budapest, Hungary
CoordinatesCoordinates: 47°30′11.14″N 19°5′53.52″E / 47.5030944°N 19.0982000°E / 47.5030944; 19.0982000
OwnerHungarian Football Federation (MLSZ)
Opened15 November 2019 (planned)
Hungary national football team (designate)

Puskás Aréna is a football stadium under construction in the 14th district (Zugló) of Budapest, Hungary. The stadium's construction started in 2017 and is projected to be finished by the end of 2019. It is planned to be an all-seater with a capacity of 67,889. The Hungarian Football Federation will meet all UEFA and FIFA stadium requirements and expects to be awarded the 5-star rating when construction is finished. The stadium is built in the place of the former Ferenc Puskás Stadium whose demolition was completed in October 2016. Both stadiums were named in honour of the former national team star and legendary football player Ferenc Puskás.[2]


In 2011, when originally budgeted the cost of the construction of the new stadium was put at 35 billion Hungarian forints.[3]

On 26 June 2014, László Vigh said that the construction of the new stadium will cost 90-100 billion Hungarian forints.[4]

On 1 August 2014, the Nemzeti Sport Központ (the National Sports Center) presented the final vision of Hungary’s new national stadium. The Hungarian architect György Skardelli, who was the designer of the nearby indoor arena, László Papp Budapest Sports Arena showed his original plans that did not include the demolition of the original stadium[5]

On 19 September 2014, UEFA selected Budapest to host three group stage games and one round of 16 game at the UEFA Euro 2020. [6][7]

On 19 September 2014, Sándor Csányi, the president of the Hungarian Football Federation, said that the fact that Budapest can host the UEFA Euro 2020 is a big achievement of the Hungarian sport diplomacy.[8]

On 23 February 2017, János Lázár, Minister of Prime Minister's Office of Hungary, said that the cost of the stadium will rise to 190 billion Hungarian forint from the previously estimated 100 billion.[9] The current budget of 190 billion Hungarian forints (EUR 610 million) is well over 100% of the original cost estimates and is far more expensive than similarly-sized stadiums in Europe such as Allianz Arena in Munich or Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.[10]

In 2014, the original designs of the new Puskás Ferenc stadium was voted the best design by Stadiumdb.com which complimented the imaginative design which included an elevated running track that overlooked the pitch and had city skyline views[11] However, by the time of construction two attempts at cutting unnecessary elements from the project scaled back the design to being football-focused because of the huge inflation of the construction budget and the desire to build a new athletics stadium in Budapest by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán for a future Summer Olympics bid.[12][13]

On 29 June 2018, the Visitors' Centre of the Puskás Ferenc Stadium was opened. Balázs Fürjes, minister responsible for Budapest and its agglomeration, said at the opening of the centre that the new stadium would be more than a stadium. It would be a multi-purpose stadium that can hold concerts and conferences as well. He also said that preferably the stadium would host the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final.[14]

On 14 December 2018, the Hungarian Association of Journalists (in Hungarian: Magyar Sportújságírók Szövetsége) and the members of the communication department of the Hungarian Football Federation visited the construction.[15]

On 1 April 2019 rugby champions of Hungary Budapest Exiles RFC announced that as of the 2019/2020 season all of their home games will be played at the Puskás Aréna instead of Tárnok. [16]

Milestone matches[edit]

UEFA Euro 2020

16 June 2020 (2020-06-16) Match 11Puskás Aréna, Budapest
28 June 2020 (2020-06-28) Winner Group CMatch 403rd Group D/E/FPuskás Aréna, Budapest


  1. ^ http://mnsk.hu/letesitmeny/uj-puskas-ferenc-stadion/
  2. ^ Majtényi, György. "Legends of La Liga: Ferenc 'Pancho' Puskás and Hungarian footballers in El Clásico". Europeana (CC By-SA). Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  3. ^ Molnár, László (2018-01-12). "Milliárdokba fog kerülni a Puskás-stadion üzemeltetése". MNO.com. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  4. ^ "Labdarúgás: 90-100 milliárdból épülhet az új Puskás-stadion". Nemzeti Sport. 26 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Budapest: Amazing national stadium presented in Hungary". StadiumDB.com. 1 August 2014.
  6. ^ "UEFA EURO 2020 hosts: London to hold final". Uefa.com. 19 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Megkaptuk! 2020-ban Eb-meccseket rendezhet Budapest!". Nemzeti Sport. 19 September 2014.
  8. ^ "MLSZ: Joggal bíztunk a sikeres pályázatban - Csányi". Nemzeti Sport. 19 September 2014.
  9. ^ "100 helyett 190 milliárdba kerül az új Puskás Stadion". index.hu. 23 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Yet Another Sports Stadium to Be Built in Budapest". Hungary Today. 2018-04-24. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  11. ^ "Recap: Best of 2014! (top 10)". Stadiumdb.com. 21 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Puskas stadium plan scaled back". Daily News Hungary. 2015-05-20. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  13. ^ "Budapest: No 2024 Olympics, but burden remains – StadiumDB.com". stadiumdb.com. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  14. ^ "Labdarúgás: megnyílt a Puskás Ferenc Stadion Látogatóközpontja – galéria" [Football: The Visitors' Centre of the Puskás Ferenc Stadium was opened] (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 14 December 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Puskás Aréna: jó lesz innen tudósítani" [Puskás Aréna: it will be good to broadcast from here] (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 14 December 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Budapest Exiles announce new stadium". Facebook. Retrieved 1 April 2019.

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