New stadium: Groupama Aréna

source: StadiumDB.com

New stadium: Groupama Aréna Less than 1.5 year after demolition of the historical predecessor, new arena in Budapest is ready for opening. Ferencvaros welcomes Chelsea tonight and we welcome you to take a tour of the Groupama Aréna.

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Today at 20:45 one of Hungary’s most famous teams will face Chelsea FC in a friendly game. Since now their new stadium will also become league home for Ferencvaros. And despite its relatively short construction time, the stadium idea was much older…

The plan of building a new stadium for Ferencvaros was born early into the twenty-first century.  First concept was drawn in 2008, another one in 2010 and then in April 2012 the one that eventually got implemented.

Groupama Arena

The great location near Budapest’s south-eastern bypass was retained, but the new stadium didn’t follow previous one’s blueprint. Albert Flórian stadium was demolished in spring 2013 and new stands were rotated by roughly 90 degrees.

Groupama ArenaPhoto: Peter Molnar, Market.hu

The new stadium’s concept was a simple and clear one. Metal sheets on the roof, metal mesh on the facades, only except the main grandstand (covered with glass). The western grandstand accommodates the club museum, megastore, offices and all of the commercial zones, also including 370 underground parking places. From the inside the west side also includes 34 skyboxes and over 2,000 VIP seats.

Groupama ArenaPhoto: Peter Molnar, Market.hu

Despite its size, the new stadium was built within just 16 months, by the domestic contractor Market. The project had cost HUF 14.735 billion or, upon opening, €46.7m / $62.6m.

Now Ferencvaros becomes the stadium’s anchor tenant, while Groupama insurance company was introduced as the sponsor. Albert Flórian’s name wasn’t retained, but the legend of Ferencvaros was immortalized with a monument nearby.

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