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Puskás Aréna

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Puskás Aréna is a football stadium in the 14th district (Zugló) of Budapest, Hungary. The stadium's construction started in 2017 and will be finished by the end of 2019. It is 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. 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]

Puskás Aréna
Puskás Aréna.jpg
LocationZugló,
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)
Capacity67,889[1]
Record attendance65,114
(Hungary v Uruguay;
15 November 2019)
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Built2017–2019
Opened15 November 2019
Tenants
Hungary national football team

HistoryEdit

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]

All of the seats were mounted by 2 October 2019.[16]

Cashless catering system was installed in the new arena. In the arena only touch cards or NFC are accepted.[17]

Only 500 parking lots were created around the new stadium. Therefore, it is advisable to arrive at the arena by using public transport.[18]

OpeningEdit

Day of Opening - Hungary-Uruguay 1-2

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.[19]

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.[20]

Although the opening match was planned to be the last match of Zoltán Gera, he did not play at the opening match because of his condition. He said that his condition would not make it possible to play against one of the best teams in the world, Uruguay.[21][22]

Milestone matchesEdit

UEFA Euro 2020

16 June 2020 (2020-06-16) Match 11
28 June 2020 (2020-06-28) Winner Group CMatch 403rd Group D/E/F

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Puskás Aréna: szinte az összes szék a helyére került – képek" [Puskás Aréna: almost all of the seats were mounted] (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 2 October 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  17. ^ "Puskás Aréna: meccsre menni inkább tömegközlekedéssel" [Puskás Aréna: supporters should arrive by using public transport] (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 13 November 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  18. ^ "Puskás Aréna: meccsre menni inkább tömegközlekedéssel" [Puskás Aréna: supporters should arrive by using public transport] (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 13 November 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  19. ^ "Az Uruguay-ötlet – ezért lett a dél-amerikai válogatott a stadionavató-ellenfél" [The idea of inviting Uruguay] (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 8 November 2019. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  20. ^ "Magyar–uruguayi: máris elfogytak a jegyek a Puskás Aréna nyitó meccsére" [Hungary-Uruguay: all of the tickets were sold] (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 28 October 2019. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  21. ^ "Válogatott: Nem vagyok olyan állapotban, hogy a világ egyik legjobbja ellen játsszak – Gera" [I'm not in the condition to play against the best team in the world] (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 12 November 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  22. ^ "Nem vagyok olyan állapotban, hogy a világ egyik legjobbja ellen játsszak – Gera" [I'm not in the condition to play against the best team in the world] (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 12 November 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.

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