Puskás Arena Budapest

A champion in size

The Puskás Arena in Budapest opened its gates in November 2019. Central Europe’s biggest and most modern soccer stadium was built to meet the criteria of the UEFA – and BG-Graspointner was part of the large scale construction project.


Big shoes to fill

The stadium’s predecessor – the Puskás Ferenc Stadium – was a remarkable construction, too. Built in 1953, it was large enough for more than 100,000 spectators. After all, this is where, in 1954, the forceful Hungarian team defeated the all-mighty English team 7:1. For safety reasons, however, by the time the stadium was demolished in 2016, the number of seats had been reduced to 28,300.

An impressive stadium with impressive dimensions

The new stadium’s name also refers to Ferenc Puskás, Hungary’s most successful soccer player of all times. Measuring 60,704 square meters, the Puskás Arena was also built in the oval shape of the old stadium. Its highest point is 50.7 meters above ground, amounting to a maximum width of 261.3 meters and 316.5 meters of length. The overall site amounts to 208.010 square meters. The stands – with 67,155 seats – are divided into three sections at different heights and cover 36,374 square meters. And last but not least, the roof construction measures 57,142 square meters.

A great score for BG-Graspointner

BG-Graspointner was in charge of installing the drainage system for the stadium. This decision was made based on various criteria, including protection from vandalism and CDC coated cast-iron grating. The vandalism protection provides safety from deliberate damaging but still makes it easy to remove the components for maintenance purposes. The CDC coating offers reliable corrosion protection for cast-iron frames under stress. In addition, we provided comprehensive support throughout the project. Our specialists were available around the clock to offer their expertise with hydraulic calculations or product recommendations, and to deal with other technical issues.

The greatest challenge

In the three years of construction, around 15,000 people worked on the Puskás Arena. 19,000 tons of reinforced steel were installed, 150,000 tons of concrete and 12,000 tons of steel construction. 15 revolving tower cranes were required for the project. The roof represented the biggest structural challenge. It required a special crawler crane that was shipped from Peru to Antwerp (which took 25 days) and then transported to Budapest. Installing it onsite took two weeks – right on time to lift the 125- resp. 85-ton steel beams for the roof construction.

Peter Schriffert, project manager at the construction company ZÁÉV Zrt, describes the conditions for constructing a stadium as follows:

A house is always built from the bottom up. When constructing a stadium, certain parts have already reached their final height while others are still being worked on closer to ground level. This kind of construction means working at different heights simultaneously.

And further:

Fire protection surely was one of the biggest challenges. 65,000 people must be able to exit the stadium within 10 minutes.

With a construction project of this size it is even more surprising how well everything worked out. According to Schriffert, even though the project required complex planning, everyone involved was highly professional and made sure everything was completed on time.

A stadium for all of Europe

In celebration of the competition’s 60th anniversary, soccer matches during the UEFA European Championship in 2020 were supposed to take place not only in one country but at different venues across the content. The Puskás Arena should have been one of them – and it was completed on time. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, everything was postponed by one year. But in 2021, the Puskás Arena will host three group matches and one in the round of sixteen.

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Project profile

Project name: Puskás Ferenc Stadion

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Installed channel types:

Total installed length in meters: 2.667 m

Services BG-Support: Tamás Opitz

Client/builder: ISB Foundation

BG-Project team:Tamás Opitz


György Skardelli - KÖZTI
Architects & Engineers

Building contractor:Záév Zrt., Peter Schriffert

Opitz Tamás
Managing Director
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