Albert Flórián Stadion (Stadion Üllöi) – until 2013
|40,000 (1911 capacity)|
|29,505 (1974 capacity)|
|Inauguration||19/05/1974 (Ferencváros - Vasas 0-1)|
|Address||1091 Budapest IX., Ülloi út 129|
Albert Flórián Stadion – historical stadium description
First football pitch of Ferencvaros was opened in 1900, but a professional stadium came a decade later. From fall 1910 to early 1911 two large grandstands along the field and lower curved stands behind goals were built. The layout was oval despite football soon becoming Ferencvaros’s dominant section.
That ground seized to exist in early 1970s, when a new, this time football-specific stadium was built. As it retained the very same location, it was still referred to as the Üllői út stadium, from the street it was built along.
New stands were opened in time for the club’s 75th anniversary and surrounded almost the entire pitch. Only the east end was empty, having the main office and sports building built behind the goal. Over time also a statue of Flórian Albert was added. Later also the player’s name was included in the stadium.
For over a century of football at Üllői út, the most successful Hungarian club played most of their domestic and international fixtures here. The stadium didn’t see some of the team’s games, because the largest ones were held at national Nepstadion.
Still, Üllői út saw a fair amount of important games, hosting some of Hungary’s internationals, notably the qualifying games of 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. It was also the place thousands of “Fradi” fans bade farewell to Flórian Albert as he passed away in 2011.
The last game held here was the Budapest derby between Ferencvaros and Ujpest on March 28. 2013. Then the stadium was torn apart, beginning with the west end. New one was rotated by almost 90 degrees and opened in August 2014.
Budapest: Ferencvaros new stadium named Groupama Arena
For at least 7 years, perhaps even 10, the new stadium in Budapest will be called Groupama Arena. Many are happy with the contract, but others argue that this has and will be Albert Flórian Stadion.
Budapest: Construction ends as planned for Ferencváros
Though final touches are being added outside the stadium, it’s ready as planned. 14 months was a very tight time frame, but Hungary’s largest sports project has kept it.
Budapest: New Ferencváros stadium ready next month
In May last year they were finishing demolition works at the old stadium. May this year will see formal delivery of the new 22,600-seater! Another major Hungarian football project ending within deadlines and budget.
Hungary: A stadium revolution in the making?
Along with the football federation of Hungary, Wiktor Obran’s government approved a resolution that envisaged 27 stadiums of two top leagues being thoroughly renovated by 2016! After Budapest and Debrecen already two new stadium projects are planned for launch.
Budapest: Record pace of new stadium construction
In spring 2013 the old stadium was still standing in Budapest. In spring 2014 the new one for 22,600 people will be nearing completion. This year should see the entire concrete and steel structure standing.
Budapest: Old Ferencváros stadium almost demolished
Demolition work is almost done at Albert Flórián Stadion, authorities shown the progress to journalists today. And the new venue will be built partly using the old concrete – a way towards sustainability and supporters' sentiments.
Budapest: Ferencváros played their last game at Flórian Albert
Club legends, film depicting club history, there were fireworks. Perhaps the only thing that yesterday’s ceremonial farewell lacked were goals. Anyhow, time to move on. And move, literally, 4 km up north.
Budapest: Ferencváros moves to national stadium upon construction at their site
Ferencvárosi TC will play an estimated number of 40 upcoming games at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium instead of their Albert Florian Stadion. The outdated facility will be closed for demolition and new one is expected in late 2014.
Budapest: Works on Ferencváros new stadium to start in March
General contractor still needs to be selected, but if all goes as planned, groundbreaking works on new Flórián Albert stadium should start in mid-March. It's expected to be among the cheapest and still most modern in its class.