Puskás Ferenc Stadion – until 2016
|392 (VIP seats)|
|178 (Pres seats)|
|Other names||Népstadion (1953-2002)|
|Construction||13/07/1948 - 07/1953|
|Record attendance||78,481 (Hungary - USSR, 27/09/1959)|
|Address||1146 Budapest, Istvánmezei út 3-5., Hungary|
Description: Puskás Ferenc Stadion
First intentions of building a central stadium in Budapest came soon after the union between Buda and Pest, in late nineteenth century. The aspirations were later confirmed with a bid to host the 1920 Olympics, but due to WWI and the political consequences the bid failed. Further efforts were made after WWI with special legislation and additional tax, but the stadium didn't come to fruition.
It wasn't until after WWII that the national assembly approved the project and an accident with stand collapsing at Ferencvarosi stadium in 1947 only speeded things up.
Works began in the summer of 1947 and lasted until mid-1953, largely with volunteer work by citizens and not only – Ferenc Puskas himself and other stars of the 'Golden Team' also participated in works. But in the end there wasn't enough workforce and soldiers were brought to carry out part of the project.
The stadium cost HUF 160 million at the time of construction, which was already a large leap in the recovering Europe. The stadium's architecture is very distinctive as it hasn't changed much over the years. It was meant to, though – architects hoped that the 78,000-capacity stands that were opened in 1953 were just the beginning of a 100,000+ stadium. The especially impressive west stand with its upper tier was expected to grow further, encircling the lower tier, which was based on embankments. Had this happened, Hungary would boast one of the largest stadiums in world history.
Opening ceremony was very impressive, with thousands performing on the field. But perhaps more impressive were the successes seen at this very stadium, to name just Hungary beating England 7:1 in 1954, just a year after opening. The small country was a football superpower in those days and no wonder crowds exceeding capacity were seen here.
However, over time capacity started falling. With installation of seats it went down to under 70,000, while recent years saw the western upper deck closed for economic and safety reasons, leaving some 35,000 seats for use.
Though it was officially only the home of Hungarian national side, the stadium also became a safe asylum for clubs from Budapest and beyond, during their most prestigious games, both domestic and international. Aside from the football use it also hosted some of the greatest music stars, with the likes of Queen or Michael Jackson taking the stage.
Budapest: Celebration without victory
Sell-out crowd welcomed Budapest's new football temple. And even though Uruguay won the opening game against Hungary, the inauguration of Puskás Aréná was a historic event. In just over half a year Euro 2020 is coming to this impressive venue.
Budapest: Hungarians to flood national stadium
Demand for tickets was so huge that the system crashed. All of the distribution took just 4 days and could have been even faster. In mid-November Hungary will see the first such impressive football crowd in years.
Budapest: Construction almost launched at Puskas
New national stadium of Hungary is officially contracted, we should see groundbreaking within days rather than weeks. Especially with limited time for delivery of this Euro 2020 venue.
Budapest: Alarming delay for new national stadium
Works on the new Ferenc Puskas Stadium will take longer than planned and groundbreaking is still waiting to happen. Opening could take place soon before Euro 2020.
New design: Budapest presents the 2024 Olympic Stadium
They’re yet to win the hosting rights, but already made it to the shortlist of three final bidders. Budapest reveals its plans for 2024 Olympic Stadium.
Budapest: Legendary stadium to vanish by October
If you want to catch the last visit to Budapest’s famous Puskas Ferenc Stadion, it’s the last moment! In 8 months the stadium won’t exist anymore.
Hungary: Farewell, Legend of Budapest!
It’s the end of an era for Hungarian football. The country’s most impressive and recognized stadium is officially closed and awaiting demolition. New one will be even larger, which raises questions.
Budapest: Too expensive, national stadium downsized
This would have been the most impressive stadium ever for such a price. But what seemed too good to be true, actually proved 50% more expensive. But the way costs are tackled raises questions.
Hungary: Billions for new stadiums in 2015
They opened three new stadiums in 2014. This year works are to commence or progress at 22 (!) major projects. The government plans to spend 67.144 billion forints.
Budapest: Amazing national stadium presented in Hungary
The final concept has landed. It’s even larger and more impressive than expected initially. And atop the stands it’s going to have… a running track!
Euro 2020: Budapest to bid, will host for Central Europe?
Hungarian football association confirmed their plan to submit new national stadium as a Euro 2020 venue. Its capacity and location may bring European Championship to the footballing legends for the first time.
Budapest: New national stadium to be hidden inside old one
Yesterday morning saw an unexpected turn in ongoing debate over the future of Ferenc Puskas Stadium. The outdated structure is to be retained, but new stadium will be built inside it. This comes after two different options were officially considered.
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: New giant screens just before building a new stadium?
To some this comes as a surprise – tender has been launched to deliver 2 giant screens for the outdated Ferenc Puskas Stadium. This comes despite plans of a new 65,000-seat stadium awaiting implementation, vg.hu reports.