|Full name||Groupama Arena|
|Executive suites||34 skybox|
(UEFA & FIFA matches)
|Record attendance||22,000 (Hungary vs Greece, 29 March 2015)|
|Field size||105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)|
|Broke ground||27 March 2013|
|Opened||10 August 2014|
c. 13,5 billion HUF|
(€ 40 million)
Ágnes Streit |
|Main contractors||Market Építő Zrt.|
Hungary national football team|
Groupama Arena is a multi-purpose stadium in Budapest, Hungary and the home of Ferencvárosi TC. With a capacity of 23,698, Groupama Arena is the second largest stadium in Hungary after Ferenc Puskás Stadium. The stadium lies on the ground of Albert Flórián Stadium, the club's former stadium, which was demolished in 2013.
Since 1911, Ferencváros had played their home games at Stadion Albert Flórián, originally named Üllői úti Stadion. The stadium had had a major upgrade from 1971–74, and in the 21st Century the club desired a stadium with an expanded capacity. Reconstruction of Stadion Albert Flórián was rejected for financial reasons, and plans to demolish the stadium and replace it with an entirely new structure were presented at a press conference in April 2012 by Gábor Kubatov, the president of Ferencváros. The proposed capacity of 22,600 would make it the second biggest stadium in Hungary.
The new stadium would be reorientated 90° and closer to Gyáli út, with a pitch 10 cm below ground level. Corporate hospitality, a restaurant, shop and museum were all planned, along with expanded changing facilities.
On 24 May 2013, Balázs Fürjes, MP of the Hungarian Parliament and person responsible for the investment, announced that the stadium would be finished on time. The construction of the new stadium is expected to be completed by the fall of 2014. In 2013 there will be 5,4 billion HUF available for the project and 8,1 billion HUF in 2014. Mihály Varga, minister of national economy of Hungary, said that the sale of the estate, which will be gained by rotating the stadium by 90°, will cover the expenses of the stadium. If the construction is not completed on time, the constructor company (Market Épitő Zrt.) will have to pay 65 million HUF daily.
On 3 October 2013, Balázs Fürjes, MP of the Hungarian Parliament, said that the construction of the stadium is of record speed. It was quite sure that the club could start the 2014–15 Hungarian League season in the new stadium. The Ferencváros club centre was opened, where the fans of the club can take a look at the plans of the new stadium or a 3D film can be watched about the future stadium. Balázs Fürjes also pointed out that the new stadium will be a multi-purpose stadium where concerts, conferences, cultural events can be held apart from association football matches. He also mentioned that the elements of the old Albert stadium will be used for the construction of the new stadium. Therefore, it is a green investment for two reasons: for the colours of the club, and for the eco-friendly construction. The steel structure, which weighs 2800 tons, was made in Kecskemét while the concrete structure, which is 25,000 cubic metres, was made in Dunaújváros. The construction of the new stadium gives jobs for almost 2000 blue-collar workers.
On 17 January 2014, new photos about the new stadium were released on the Facebook site of the Albert Stadium.
On 18 April 2014, it was announced that a 3-metre-tall statue of Ferencváros Ballon d'Or winner Flórián Albert will be erected in front of the main entrance. Sándor Kligl, sculptor and artist, was asked to make the bronze statue. The artist also said that he saw playing the Ferencváros legend live and it was worth going to the stadium just because of him. He was commissioned with many different tasks but this has been the most special one in his life. Junior Flórián Albert said that it was a moving moment to look at his father statue.
In April 2014, Lagardère Unlimited Stadium Solutions, the dedicated agency for stadia and arena operations owned by Lagardère Unlimited, signed a long-term naming right contract between the Groupama Arena and French insurer Groupama. The deal includes the operation, management and marketing of the new arena. Lagardère Unlimited Stadium Solutions is currently involved in consulting, operations and marketing services in several stadiums worldwide, including Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Imtech Arena in Hamburg and two stadiums in Brazil. On 2 July 2014, it was announced that the name of the new stadium will be Groupama Arena.
On 4 August 2014, the first unofficial match was played at the stadium in front of 6,500 spectators. Ferencváros old-boys team including Szeiler, Dzurják, Lipcsei, Telek, and Lisztes hosted their arch-rival Újpest old-boys including Kovács, Szlezák, Fehér, Egressy, and Mészöly. The final result was 6-5 to Újpest. The tickets for free those supporters who purchased season tickets before the match and for the workers and their relatives who contributed to the construction of the new stadium.
On 10 August 2014, Ferencváros played the opening match against Chelsea F.C.. The first goal at the new stadium was scored by Ferencváros legened, Zoltán Gera in the 17th minute. However, in the second half Ramires (51st minute) and Fàbregas scored (81st minute) which resulted the 2-1 defeat at the new stadium for the home side.
On 10 August 2014, around 2,500 spectators belonging to the B Közép organised an alternative match at the stadium of BKV Előre SC in protest against the high entrance fees earmarked by the leadership of Ferencváros, the entrance security checks, and that Chelsea would play the opening match against Ferencváros and not the Austrian archrival Rapid Wien. The two teams included the supporters of Ferencváros and Rapid Wien.
On 9 July 2015, Ferencváros played their first international match at the Groupama Arena against the Dutch Go Ahead Eagles in the second leg of the first qualifying round of the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League. The match was won by Ferencváros by 4-1.
On 20 May 2016 the first non-UEFA member was hosted in the stadium when Hungary played against Ivory Coast in a goalless friendly tier.
The Groupama Arena was categorised as a Category 4 facility by the UEFA which is suitable for Nemzeti Bajnokság I, Magyar Kupa, UEFA European Championship qualifying, FIFA World Cup qualification, UEFA Champions League group stage and quarter-final. In addition, the stadium can host FIFA U-17 World Cup and U21 FIFA U20 World Cup.
The capacity of the arena is 23,800 for Nemzeti Bajnokság I and Magyar Kupa matches and 22,000 for UEFA and FIFA matches. The difference is due to the fact that there are standing stands in the B-közép and the visitors sector. The terroitory of the stadium is 19,042 square metres, including the pitch it is 28,746.5 square metres. The main building has four floors, and under it there is a three-level garage which can host 354 vehicles. There is a car park in front of the main building which can host 106 cars. Next to the satdium there is also a parking lot which can host 405 cars.
The construction took 14 months. During the construction 60 000 cubic metre was moved. The amount of the concrete used in the construction was 24 492 cubic metre, while the steel structure was 2708 tons. The steel structure was manufactured in Kecskemét, while the pre-fabricated concrete was made in Dunaújváros.
The Groupama Arena cost 53.3 million USD. The price per seat was 1,996 USD. In 2014, the arena was the 5th cost-per-sit building and 6th by price. Nagyerdei Stadion of Debrecen overtook the Groupama Arena in cost, but not in cost-per-sit.
Besides football, Groupama can be configured to hold many other events, particularly major concerts but also private events like weddings and conferences. The first concert at the new stadium will be given by Depeche Mode on 22 May 2017.
|List of concerts|
|Year||Date||Main act(s)||Opening act(s)||Tour / Concert name|| Tickets|
|2017||22 May||Depeche Mode||N/A||Global Spirit tour||N/A|
Facilities and innovations
On 7 August 2014, The Fradi Museum was opened. The visitors to the museum can get acquinted with the history of Ferencváros. Cups, trophies and flags can be seen at the museum such as Flórián Albert's 1967 Ballon d'Or, the trophy of the 1937 Mitropa Cup, Tibor Nyilasi's Silver shoe, and the trophy of the 1965 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup Final along with many other trophies and cups in connection with the club can be seen.
The Cashless catering system is used in the premises of the entire stadium.
The arena has been the first stadium in Hungary where vein matching or vascular technology has been installed.
|Service||Station/Stop||Line/Route||Walking distance from Groupama Arena|
|Budapest Metro||Népliget||Blue||100 m 2 mins|
|Budapest Tram||Népliget||1||100 m 2 mins|
|Budapest Bus||Népliget|| 254E |
|100 m 2 mins|
|10 August 2014||Ferencváros||1–2||Chelsea|| Friendly match |
|Gera 17'||(Report)|| Ramires 51'
| Attendance: 20,000
Referee: István Vad (Hungary)
|24 August 2014||Ferencváros||3–1||Nyíregyháza|| 2014–15 Nemzeti Bajnokság I |
(First Nemzeti Bajnokság I match)
| Busai 13'
|(Report)||Bajzát 78'|| Attendance: 12,128
Referee: István Vad (Hungary)
|17 September 2014||Ferencváros||2–0||Zalaegerszeg|| 2014–15 Ligakupa |
(First Ligakupa match)
| Ugrai 34'
|(Report)|| Attendance: 437
Referee: József Berger (Hungary)
|4 March 2015||Ferencváros||5–0||Csákvár|| 2014–15 Magyar Kupa |
(First Magyar Kupa match)
| Busai 7' 62' 70'
|(Report)|| Attendance: 3,514
Referee: Karakó (Hungary)
|9 July 2015||Ferencváros||4–1||Go Ahead Eagles|| 2015–16 Europa League |
(First Europa League match)
| Gera 4'
|(Report)||Türüç 90+3'|| Attendance: 0
|20 July 2016||Ferencváros|| 1–1 (a.e.t.)
|Partizani Tirana|| 2016–17 Champions League |
(First Champions League match)
|19:30||Gera 14' (pen.)||Report||Hüsing 40' (o.g.)|| Attendance: 8,752
Referee: Kristo Tohver (Estonia)
Magyar Kupa finals
|20 May 2015||Videoton||0–4||Ferencváros||2014–15 Magyar Kupa Final|
|(Report)|| Varga 53'
Szolnoki 86' (og.)
| Attendance: 15,127
Referee: Zoltán Iványi (Hungary)
|7 May 2016||Újpest FC||0–1||Ferencváros||2016 Magyar Kupa Final|
|(Report)||Gera 79'|| Attendance: 19,000
Referee: Zoltán Iványi (Hungary)
National team matches
|7 September 2014||Hungary||1–2||Northern Ireland||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|Priskin 75'||Report|| McGinn 81'
K. Lafferty 88'
| Attendance: 20,672
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Germany)
|14 November 2014||Hungary||1–0||Finland||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|Gera 84'||Report|| Attendance: 19,500
Referee: Clément Turpin (France)
|18 November 2014||Hungary||1–2||Russia||Friendly match|
|Nikolić 86'||Report|| Ignashevich 49'
| Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
|29 March 2015||Hungary||0–0||Greece||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|Report|| Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)
|4 September 2015||Hungary||0–0||Romania||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|Report|| Attendance: 22,060
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
|8 October 2015||Hungary||2–1||Faroe Islands||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
|Böde 63', 71'||Report||Jakobsen 11'|| Attendance: 16,175
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (Austria)
|15 November 2015||Hungary||2–1||Norway||UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying|
| Priskin 14'
Henriksen 83' (o.g.)
|Report||Henriksen 87'|| Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)
|26 March 2016||Hungary||1–1||Croatia||Friendly match|
|Dzsudzsák 79'||Report||Mandžukić 18'|| Attendance: 20,300
Referee: Radek Prihoda Czech Republic)
|20 May 2016||Hungary||0–0||Ivory Coast||Friendly match|
|Report|| Attendance: 19,900
Referee: Vlado Glođović Serbia
|7 October 2016||Hungary||2–3||Switzerland||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|Szalai 53', 71'|| Report (FIFA)
| Seferović 51'
| Attendance: 21,546
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
|13 November 2016||Hungary||4–0||Andorra||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
| Gera 34'
| Report (FIFA)
| Attendance: 21,344
Referee: Christos Nicolaides (Cyprus)
|15 November 2016||Hungary||0–2||Sweden||Friendly match|
|Report|| 30' Larsson
| Attendance: 16,842
Referee: Paolo Valeri (Italy
As of 13 November 2016.
As of 24 May 2016.
The construction of the Groupama Arena
The construction of the Groupama Arena in the summer of 2013
The statue of Flórián Albert
The main entrance
The exterior of the Groupama Arena
The entrance of the Arena in the Üllői út
The eagle statue
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