As it had been seriously deteriorated over time, plans for the refurbishment of the old stadium had been taken into consideration since 2011, but were finally kick-started by the nomination of Budapest among the 12 host cities of UEFA Euro 2020 in 2014. The Hungarian capital city definitely needed a new stadium to face this important football event in the best way. The demolition started in 2016 and the renamed Puskàs Arena was erected in less than three years on the foundations of the dismantled old venue.
Awarded with the Order of Merit, the appointed architect György Skardelli wanted to preserve the distinctive character of the original building while creating a modern facility capable of meeting the most advanced expectations, beside of course the demanding FIFA requirements. He was inspired by the oval shape of the old stadium, its entrance building, as well as by its decorated pylons, which were faithfully kept as main architectural features of the new arena. The old stadium’s entrance building, by the way the only original element left untouched, still remains with its exposed brickwork walls as a symbol of the past glory days and hosts now a sport museum, perfect connection to the past legacy of the stadium.
Built on three levels, the majestic grandstand has a capacity of about 68.000 seats for matches, 80.000 for concerts. Its total area of 36,374 square meters is covered by a 57,142-square meter roof, which leaves only the playground area under the open sky. Ranked as the 19th biggest stadium in Europe, Puskás Arena is fitted with the most modern and unique hybrid lawn coverage to offer a smooth playground for optimal performances.
The last details of the new arena were finally ready in due time for the opening match held on November, 15 2019. The friendly game Hungary vs Uruguay, a true classic of the Hungarian football golden era of the 50's, was a success of public as all the tickets went sold out in a few hours. What now is Central Europe’s biggest and most modern stadium, will hold three group stage matches and one quarter of UEFA Euro 2020, the first tournament to be staged across multiple cities around the continent to celebrate its 60th anniversary.