Puskás Aréna

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Puskás Aréna
Puskás Aréna 03.jpg
Full namePuskás Arena
LocationDózsa György út 1, Zugló,
Budapest, Hungary
OwnerHungarian Football Federation (MLSZ)
Capacity67,215[4]
Record attendance65,114
(Hungary v Uruguay;
15 November 2019)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Built2017–2019
Opened15 November 2019
Construction cost533 million[1][2]
(€593 million in 2021 euros)[3]
ArchitectGyörgy Skardelli
Tenants
Hungary national football team (2019–present)

Puskás Aréna is a football stadium in the 14th district (Zugló) of Budapest, Hungary. The stadium's construction started in 2017 and was finished before the end of 2019. It is an all-seater with a capacity of 67,215. The Hungarian Football Federation meets all UEFA and FIFA stadium requirements, and was awarded 4-stars by the UEFA. 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 captain Ferenc Puskás (1927–2006).[5]

History[edit]

In 2011, when originally budgeted, the cost of the construction of the new stadium was put at 35 billion Hungarian forints.[6]

On 26 June 2014, László Vigh said that the construction of the new stadium will cost 90-100 billion Hungarian forints.[7]

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[8]

On 19 September 2014, UEFA selected Budapest to host three group stage games and one round of 16 game at UEFA Euro 2020. [9][10]

On 19 September 2014, Sándor Csányi, the president of the Hungarian Football Federation, said that the fact that Budapest can host UEFA Euro 2020 is a big achievement of the Hungarian sport diplomacy.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15][16]

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.[17]

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.[18]

All of the seats were mounted by 2 October 2019.[19]

Cashless catering system was installed in the new arena. In the arena only touch cards or NFC are accepted.[20]

Only 500 parking spaces were created around the new stadium. Therefore, it is advisable to arrive at the arena by using public transport.[21]

Opening[edit]

On 15 November 2019 the arena was opened by the match Hungary-Uruguay. The idea to invite the Uruguay national football team came from Károly Jankovics who is the leader of the Hungarian community in Montevideo.[22]

All of the tickets were sold for the opening match against Uruguay. In the first three days only the members of the Supporters' Club of the Hungarian Football Federation could purchase the tickets.[23]

Although the opening match was planned to be the last match of Zoltán Gera, he did not play at the opening match, as he said that his condition would not make it possible to play against Uruguay.[24][25]

Notable matches[edit]

Cup finals[edit]

3 June 2020 (2020-06-03) 2019–20 Magyar Kupa Final Budapest Honvéd Hungary 2–1 Hungary Mezőkövesdi SE
20:00 CEST
  • Lovrić 33'
  • Kamber 56'
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Tamás Bognár
3 May 2021 (2021-05-03) 2020–21 Magyar Kupa Final Fehérvár Hungary 0–1 (a.e.t.) Hungary Újpest
20:00 CEST Report
Attendance: 4,500
Referee: Gergő Bogár
11 May 2022 (2022-05-11) 2021–22 Magyar Kupa Final Ferencváros Hungary 3–0 Hungary Paks
19:30 CEST Report
Attendance: 38,979
Referee: Tamás Bognár

UEFA club matches[edit]

2020 UEFA Super Cup[edit]

24 September 2020 Bayern Munich Germany 2–1 (a.e.t.) Spain Sevilla
21:00 CEST Report
Attendance: 15,180
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)

2020–21 UEFA Champions League matches[edit]

4 November 2020 Group G Ferencváros Hungary 1–4 Italy Juventus
21:00 CET (UTC+1)
Report
Attendance: 18,531
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel)
2 December 2020 Group G Ferencváros Hungary 0–3 Spain Barcelona
21:00 CET (UTC+1) Report Attendance: 0
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)
16 February 2021 Round of 16 first leg RB Leipzig Germany 0–2 England Liverpool
21:00 CET (UTC+1) Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (Slovenia)
10 March 2021 Round of 16 second leg Liverpool England 2–0 Germany RB Leipzig
21:00 CET (UTC+1)
Report Attendance: 0
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)

2020–21 UEFA Europa League matches[edit]

18 March 2021 Round of 16 second leg Molde Norway 2–1 Spain Granada
18:55 CET (UTC+1)
Report
Attendance: 0
Referee: Srđan Jovanović (Serbia)

2023 UEFA Europa League Final

31 May 2023 (2023-05-31) TBD v TBD
21:00 CEST

UEFA Euro 2020 matches[edit]

15 June 2021 Group F Hungary  0–3  Portugal
18:00 CEST (UTC+2) Report
Attendance: 55,662[26]
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
19 June 2021 Group F Hungary  1–1  France
15:00 CEST (UTC+2) Fiola 45+2' Report Griezmann 66' Attendance: 55,998[27]
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
23 June 2021 Group F Portugal  2–2  France
21:00 CEST (UTC+2) Ronaldo 31' (pen.), 60' (pen.) Report Benzema 45+2' (pen.), 47' Attendance: 54,886[28]
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
27 June 2021 Round of 16 Netherlands  0–2  Czech Republic
18:00 CEST (UTC+2) Report
Attendance: 52,834[29]
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)

Hungary national football team matches[edit]

15 November 2019 Friendly match (opening game at stadium) Hungary  1–2  Uruguay
19:00 CET
Report Attendance: 65,114
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
6 September 2020 2020–21 UEFA NL Hungary  2–3  Russia
18:00 CET
Report Attendance: 0
Referee: Maurizio Mariani (Italy)
12 November 2020 Euro 2020 Q PO Hungary  2–1  Iceland
20:45 CET
Report Attendance: 0
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
15 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA NL Hungary  1–1  Serbia
20:45 CET
Report Attendance: 0
Referee: Glenn Nyberg (Sweden)
18 November 2020 2020–21 UEFA NL Hungary  2–0  Turkey
20:45 CET
Report Attendance: 0
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (Slovakia)
25 March 2021 2022 FIFA WC Q Hungary  3–3  Poland
20:45 CET Report Attendance: 0
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
15 June 2021 Euro 2020 Hungary  0–3  Portugal
18:00 CET Report
Attendance: 55,662[30]
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
19 June 2021 Euro 2020 Hungary  1–1  France
15:00 CET
Report Attendance: 55,998[31]
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
2 September 2021 2022 FIFA WC Q Hungary  0–4  England
20:45 CET Report
Attendance: 58,260
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
8 September 2021 2022 FIFA WC Q Hungary  2–1  Andorra
20:45 CET Report Llovera 82' Attendance: 46,240
Referee: Rade Obrenovič (Slovenia)
9 October 2021 2022 FIFA WC Q Hungary  0–1  Albania
20:45 Report Broja 80' Attendance: 273
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)
12 November 2021 2022 FIFA WC Q Hungary  4–0  San Marino
20:45 CET Report Attendance: 12,800
Referee: Filip Glova (Slovakia)
24 March 2022 Friendly match Hungary  0–1  Serbia
19:30 CET Report Nagy 35' (o.g.) Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Filip Glova (Slovakia)
4 June 2022 Nations League Hungary  1–0  England
18:00 CEST (UTC+2) Szoboszlai 66' (pen.) Report Attendance: 26,935
Referee: Artur Dias (Portugal)
11 June 2022 Nations League Hungary  1–1  Germany
20:45 CEST (UTC+2) Zs. Nagy 6' Report Hofmann 9' Attendance: 55,948
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez (Spain)
26 September 2022 Nations League Hungary  v  Italy
20:45 CEST (UTC+2)

Note:

Statistics[edit]

As of 12 June 2022[citation needed][clarification needed]
Match type Pld W D L GF GA
Competition 12 5 4 4 19 19
Friendly 2 0 0 2 1 3
Total 14 5 4 6 20 22

Top scorer:
Dominik Szoboszlai
(4 goals)

Concerts[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, artist, opening act and tour name
Date Artist(s) Opening act(s) Tour
June 15, 2022 Red Hot Chili Peppers Thundercat
Nas
2022 Global Stadium Tour
July 10, 2022 Aerosmith Rival Sons
ROAD
2022 European Tour

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Nemcsak megépíteni volt drága, a Puskás Aréna fenntartása is milliárdos tétel évente
  3. ^ Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices: All Items for Hungary
  4. ^ https://www.facebook.com/puskasarena/photos/a.215194175625674/719869725158114/?type=3&theater[user-generated source]
  5. ^ Majtényi, György. "Legends of La Liga: Ferenc 'Pancho' Puskás and Hungarian footballers in El Clásico". Europeana (CC By-SA). Retrieved 5 May 2019.
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  9. ^ "UEFA EURO 2020 hosts: London to hold final". Uefa.com. 19 September 2014.
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