Puskás Arena: Hungary

Budapest, Istvánmezei út 3-5, 1146 Hungary

Mention the name Puskás to most football fans and they will soon wax lyrical about the former Hungarian forward who most people consider to be one of the best players of all time. He sits up there with the likes of Pelé and Lionel Messi as being a true great of the game. He had already been honoured by Hungarian football thanks to the fact that the former ground of the national team had been named in his honour as the Ferenc Puskás Stadium. That was demolish in 2016 to make way for this new ground, however.

The new stadium was built over two years between 2017 and 2019 with the specific aim of being one of the venues used for the 2020 European Championship, which is to be held across numerous countries in Europe. It’s the home of the Hungarian national team, which has been playing competitive games since talking part in the 1912 Summer Olympics. A team that has always commanded respect, they’ve finished as runners-up in two World Cups and third in a European Championship.

Stats

Puskás Arena Stats
Year Opened2019
Capacity67,899
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
OwnerHungarian Football Federation
Clubs HostedHungary National Team
First FixtureHungary v Uruguay (2019)
Hungary Stats
Year Founded1912
NicknameMagyarok (Magyars) , Nemzeti Tizenegy (National Eleven)
RivalsRomania, Austria
Previous StadiumsFerenc Puskás Stadium, Groupama Arena, and Nagyerdei Stadion
KitRed, white & green (Home) / White, red & green (Away)
Training GroundMLSZ Technical Centre
Team OwnerHungarian Football Federation
Record GoalscorerFerenc Puskás (84)
Record AppearancesGábor Király (108)

Puskás Arena Photos

Puskás Arena Seating Plan & Where to Sit

New Puskas Ferenc Stadion - Globglob [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The stadium is, as most modern stadia are, built in a bowl style. There are two tiers, with the seating being continuous right the way around the structure.

Hungary Ticket Prices

Ticket prices for international games are often set according to the competition that the match is part of. Friendlies will obviously command less of a fee than European Cup matches, for example, and World Cup matches will often be more expensive than them.

How To Get Hungary Tickets

When international tournaments roll around the first place to look for tickets is with the event organiser and then the national side’s Football Association. It’s sometimes possible to get tickets directly from the venue, but that should be your last port of call.

Where to Buy

Getting To Puskás Arena

Train - It will take you around 24 hours to travel from London to Budapest if you’re hoping to go by train. The best route involves the Eurostar to Paris, a high-speed train to Munich and then a sleeper through to you destination.

Once you’re in the city, however, you can get trolleybus 75 to the ground as well as the metro. If you’re opting for the latter then look out for the M2 line and get off at the . Puskás Aréna stop.

Bus - There are dozens of bus routes that will take you to the ground, so simply ask at the tourist information for the right one according to where you are located.

Car - Kerepesi út and Hungaria krt are the two main roads that run closest to the stadium and, of course, it is well sign-posted the closer that you get. If all else fails, use a sat-nav or your phone’s map function.

By Air - There are actually four airports that serve Hungary’s commercial interests, with Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport being the one that you’ll be flying into for a match in the capital. It’s about ten miles or so from the centre of the city and buses run every ten minutes to transport you to where you need to go.

Taxi - Getting a taxi from the middle of Budapest out to the stadium will set you back around 2.149 Ft, taking about fifteen minutes to complete its journey.

Parking Near Puskás Arena

The parking closest to the ground is for special guests and player coaches etc., so you’d be best off parking in the city centre and making your way out to the ground from there.

Useful Resources

Puskás Arena Hotels

Hotel Hungaria City Center - £50+

Rakoczi 90, Budapest, 1074
Located close to the city centre and adjoining the convention centre, this hotel promises two restaurants and a business centre. It’s a decent one for families, offering childcare options and more than 400 rooms. You can use the business centre if you’re keen to do some work whilst you’re away, plus there’s free Wi-Fi around the hotel. Valet parking is an option if you’ve decided to drive, with breakfast being available if you’d rather eat in the hotel than explore the city. It’s within a half an hour walk of most of Budapest’s main sights. More details.

Royal Park Boutique Hotel - £80+

Nefelejcs utca 6, Budapest, 1078
This is a much smaller hotel than the Hotel Hungaria, offering just shy of 80 rooms. That means that you’ll get a more personal service, though, so it’s nothing to complain about. There’s a bar and lounge on-site, with a terraced area for if the weather’s nice. It also has a business centre and childcare options, as well as free Wi-Fi. If you’re flying into Budapest then think about taking advantage of the hotel shuttle. In the morning you’ll be able to get breakfast if you fancy. The hotel has a pleasant garden, whilst sightseeing options like the Vajdahunyad Castle and St. Stephen's Basilica are around thirty minutes away on foot.

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Lions Garden Hotel - £100+

Chazar Andras Utca 4, Budapest, 1146
If you’re the sort of person that doesn’t really feel as though you’ve been on holiday unless you’ve had a swim then the Lions Garden Hotel is for you. It’s connected to the convention centre that is located close to Vajdahunyad Castle and has an indoor pool with spa services. There’s a restaurant and bar on-site, with business centre, free Wi-Fi and self-parking all available. If a swim is the minimum you expect to do because you’re a bit of a fitness buff then you might want to pop into the fitness centre. As with the other hotels on the list, it’s well located for the sights and sounds of Budapest. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Puskás Arena

Kaledónia Skót Pub & Ajándék Üzlet

Budapest, Mozsár u. 9, 1066 (+36 1 311 7611)
As you might well have been able to figure out from the name, this pub has a Scottish vibe to it. It’s a great place to head to if you want to have a nice glass of whiskey, a good laugh with locals and the chance to watch some live sport. It’s probably best described as ‘cosy’, but don’t let that put you off. If anything, it just adds to the atmosphere when there’s some sport on the TVs. There are plenty of screens around to make that a possibility, whilst hot food is also served depending on what time it is that you’re there.

Becketts Irish Bar & Restaurant

Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 11, 1061 (+36 1 413 6764)
If you’ve read any of our other stadium guides then you’ll know that we’re big fans of heading to Irish bars when you’re in a foreign city. Budapest is no exception, with Becketts promising all of the craic and fun that you’d expect from a pub serves pints of the black stuff and delicious food. There are loads of screens all around the place, meaning that all of the main sporting events are shown through the week. There’s also regular live music and, exactly as you’d imagine, this is very much the place to be when something like St. Paddy’s Day rolls around.

John Bull Pub

Budapest, Apáczai Csere János u. 17, 1052 (+36 1 338 2168)
Having offered a Scottish pub and an Irish bar it’s only right that we give you the choice of an English venue for your time in Budapest. It’s specifically aiming itself at the sports market, showing virtually every live sporting event that you can think of. Football takes centre stage, but don’t be surprised if you walk in to find rugby or even Formula 1 being shown. There’s an excellent menu that is filled with English classics like shepherd’s pie, fish & chips and an English breakfast. There are also plenty of different drinks on offer, including both English favourites and Turkish gems.

Facilities

As one of the newest stadiums in the world, not just Hungary, at the time of writing, it’s far to say that the stadiums facilities are amongst the best you’ll find in any ground.

Hospitality

Puskás Ferenc Stadion from Keleti railway station - Globetrotter19 [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The ground has been built to meet UEFA and FIFA’s requirements for a modern stadium, which includes plenty of top-class hospitality areas.

Private Hire

At the time of writing there’s no information about the stadium’s private hire options, but it’s reasonably safe to assume that it will be possible to hire it given that most stadium owners like to earn some extra money by allowing for this.

Stadium Tours & Museum

At the moment we have no information about stadium tours, but if that changes we’ll update this section.

About Hungary

Hungary National Team At The 1912 Summer Olympics - Official Olympic Report [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Even during the era of the Austro-Hungarian Empire the two nations had their own football teams. Hungary’s first proper foray into the world of competitive football came in 1912 when the national side took part in that year’s Summer Olympics. That they lost 7-0 to England might well have caused headlines, but the Hungarian team had had to ask for donations to even be able to attend the competition, so they weren’t too ashamed. They soon made up for it, playing friendlies against Russia after the tournament that they won 9-0 and 12-0. Their first appearance in a World Cup came in 1934 when Italy hosted.

Hungary has achieved a degree of success over the years, not the least of which was the country’s three Summer Olympic gold medals. The first of these came in 1952, with the other two being won in 1964 and 1968. The 1952 win was thanks in no small part to the skill and ability of Ferenc Puskás, who helped to revolutionise the game of football at the time. In fact, between May 1950 and February 1956 the side only lost in the World Cup final in 1954, winning 43 games and drawing 6. It’s a different side altogether now, of course, but the Hungary of old was a phenomenal team.

Puskás Arena History

Old Puskas Ferenc Stadion Panoramic From 2008 - Magyarfutball.hu - Sulyok Dániel [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

As with all such new stadia, the history of the Puskás Aréna is still to be written. Even so, there’s still a fair amount that we can tell you about it. When the idea of building a new stadium was first mooted in 2011 the budget was declared as being 35 billion Hungarian forints. By 2014 that had risen to around 100 billion Hungarian forints. Later that year the plan for the new stadium was presented by György Skardelli, the Hungarian architect who had also built the László Papp Budapest Sports Arena that was located nearby. By the time that 2017 rolled around the budget had almost doubled again, being declared as 190 billion Hungarian forints. That made it more expensive than the likes of the Emirates Stadium in London and Munich’s Allianz Arena.

In April of 2019 it was announced that Hungary Budapest Exiles RFC would call the stadium their home for the 2019-2020 season. It is designed to be a multi-purpose venue, adding the ability to hold conferences and concerts to the footballing nature of the venue. The most exciting thing about the new ground was always going to be the fact that it is one of the stadiums being used for the 2020 European Championship, though in 2018 Balázs Fürjes said that he hoped it would be used for the Champions League final in 2021.

Future Developments

Stadium Under Construction Viewed Over Rooftops - Globetrotter19 [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

It goes without saying that there are no plans for future developments of the stadium at the time of writing. Obviously it is one of the newest and most state-of-the-art venues in world football, so it’s unlikely to have any major alterations done to it for the foreseeable future.

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