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The Puskás Stadium in Budapest is the tournament’s newest football arena. Named after famed Hungarian player Ferenc Puskás, it is ultra-modern and will host four matches during Euro 2020-2021, including those of the French team. Noteworthy this year, the arena will serve as a neutral field for the Champions League, the schedule of which was disrupted.
🇭🇺 Puskás Stadium: The Hungarian Arena for Euro 2020 (2021)
A place filled with history
Constructed on the site of the former “Népstadion” (“The People’s Stadium” in Hungarian), Budapest’s Puskás Stadium will host four matches during Euro 2020.
- Euro 2020: Three group stage games + one Round of 16 game
Key Moments at Puskás Stadium
- Venue of the Super Cup in 2020
- Hosted the Champions League Final, due in particular to restrictions applying to English football clubs, which prohibited them from travelling to Germany
Puskás Stadium Profile
While the current stadium was inaugurated in 2019, the one that formerly occupied that site was much older. Indeed, the previous arena, the Népstadion, was built in 1953. With a capacity of 100,000, all standing, the former stadium bore witness to England’s worst defeat in international competition (7-1 against Hungary in 1954). Unfortunately, it had to undergo renovations to install seating in the 1990s. In 2002, it was renamed after the famous Hungarian player, Ferenc Puskás. For safety reasons, several stands were closed in 2010 and its capacity was further reduced to 38,652.
Though it was nominated to host Euro 2012, the Hungarian Federation’s proposal was rejected. In 2014, architect György Skardelli submitted plans for the construction of a new stadium with seating for 67,889. The project was selected, and the previous stadium was demolished in 2016 to make way for its successor. At the same time, it was chosen to be one of the arenas to host Euro 2020 matches in June and July 2021
Constructed primarily for football matches, it is the home field of the Hungarian national team. Named “Puskás Aréna,” it was opened on 15th November 2019 with a match between Hungary and Uruguay (1-2).
Puskás Stadium Stats:
- Name: Puskás Aréna
- Capacity: 67,889
- Opening: 15th November 2019
- Architect: György Skardelli
- Size: 364m long – 51m high
- Roof: Yes
- Surface: Grass
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📆 Puskás Stadium: Match Schedule for Euro 2020-2021
Selected to host Euro 2020 matches in June and July 2021, Puskás Stadium is used to hosting football matches. It, therefore, makes sense that the arena will host matches for this occasion, the first in its (short) history.
Three of Group F’s matches will take place in the Hungarian capital. Important information as this group includes France, and two of their three matches will be played on the Budapest field. Additionally, local authorities hope to be able to fill their stadium to its full capacity – good news for fans who have already bought their tickets. Germany is the only team in this group who will not play in Puskás Stadium, as they will play at home in Munich.
|Group Stage Games in Puskás Stadium||Date|
|Hungary 🇭🇺 – 🇵🇹 Portugal (Group F)||Tuesday 15th June 2021 at 6 pm|
|Hungary 🇭🇺 – 🇫🇷 France (Group F)||Saturday 19th June 2021 at 3 pm|
|Portugal 🇵🇹 – 🇫🇷 France (Group F)||Wednesday 23rd June 2021 at 9 pm|
In addition to the scheduled group stage games, the arena will also host a match during the Round of 16.
|Finals Stage Game at Puskás Stadium||Date|
|Round of 16: 1st Grp C – 3rd Grp D/E/F||Sunday 27th June at 6 pm|
It is each host country’s responsibility to determine stadium capacity. The Hungarian government, for their part, is hoping to fill Puskás Stadium to 100% capacity.