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21st century building on the site of the iconic Fradi Stadium: Groupama Arena

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The Üllői út stadium has been a legendary haunt of Fradi fans for decades. Today, an international-standard facility capable of hosting top matches and concerts for tens of thousands of people stands on the site of the old Stadion Albert Flórián.

The Groupama Arena, Ferencvárosi Torna Club's home stadium, was completed in a record time of 14 months and opened its doors on 10 August 2014, when the home team played Chelsea. In addition to Fradi's matches, the arena also hosted Hungarian national team matches until the Puskás Ferenc Stadium was completed, but concerts for tens of thousands of people and business events are also held in the stadium.

Legends on Üllői út

The site of the Groupama Aréna was also home to legendary stadiums of the past. The first stadium was handed over at this location in February 1911, and it was used for matches until 1971. The old stands were demolished in 1971, and on the 75th anniversary of the club's establishment, the second stadium was handed over with a Ferencváros–Vasas match. This iteration of the stadium bore the name of the Ferencváros football legend Flórián Albert between 2007 and 2013.

 

However, the time came when the old, iconic building no longer met modern expectations. The demolition of the old facility began on 28 March 2013, with the foundation stone of the modern stadium being laid at the same time. By the end of May, not much was left of the old stadium, but at the same time, the stands of the new arena were already emerging from the ground. The works continued at record speed after that, and in 2013 the fan centre opened its doors as well. On 31 May 2014 it was announced that the stadium had been completed, and on 2 July it took on the name Groupama Aréna for seven years. The opening match was played in the facility on 10 August 2014, but on 4 August an unofficial match between the old boys' team of Ferencváros and Újpest took place, with legends such as Dzurják, Lisztes, Lipcsei and Mészöly taking to the field. The attendance of this game was 6,500. 

It is also an excellent venue for international matches

The Groupama Arena is a UEFA category 4 stadium, which is suitable for holding league and cup matches, European Championship and World Cup qualifying matches, European Championship group matches and Champions League group and knockout matches up to the quarter-finals. It can also be the venue for the Under 19 and Under 21 World Cup final matches. During the construction of the Puskás Stadium, the Groupama Arena hosted 27 national team matches, including European Championship and World Cup qualifiers. Its most prestigious match was the 2019 women's Champions League final between Olympique Lyonnais and FC Barcelona, with the French team winning 4-1.

To create the turf, a special grass seed mixture was developed in a Scottish laboratory and mixed with special polypropylene fibres in order to make the turf more resilient. The field can be heated, and is "sunlit" with special lights.

Figures and interesting facts about the arena

  • The floor space of the stadium is 19,042 m², and 28,746.5 m² together with the pitch.  
  • Capacity: 23,800 people for OTP Bank and Hungarian Cup matches and 22,000 people for UEFA and FIFA matches (for home games a standing room is also created in the B centre and the away sector). 
  • Number of parking spaces: 354 in the three-story underground garage, 106 in front of the main building and another 405 in the open-air parking space next to the stadium. 
    60,000 m³ of earth was moved and 24,492 m³ of concrete was used during the construction.
  • The weight of the steel structure is 2,708 tonnes. 
  • The arena's two giant projectors are 63 m² each, and the work of the referees is supported by goal line technology and a match analysis system. 

GROUPAMA ARENA, BUDAPESTThe Üllői út stadium has been a legendary haunt of Fradi fans for decades. Today, an international-standard facility capable of hosting top matches and concerts for tens of thousands of people stands on the site of the old Stadion Albert Flórián.
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Stories from football history

On 7 August 2014, the renewed Fradi Museum was opened within the arena, where visitors can learn about the history of the club through a timeline and interactive images. In addition to many cups, flags and souvenirs, Flórián Albert's Golden Ball from 1967, the Silver Ball won in 1909, the Central European Cup from 1937, Tibor Nyilasi's Silver Shoe and other trophies are also kept here. Visitors can purchase Fradi relics in the fan shop next to the main entrance. 

At the entrance, fans are greeted by a 15-tonne statue of the club's mascot, an eagle with a 16-metre wingspan, gripping a soccer ball. In front of the main entrance of the stadium, there are statues of two Ferencváros’ legendary figures: Ferenc Springer, who founded the Ferencvárosi Torna Club in 1899, and to Flórián Albert, the only Hungarian player to have won the golden ball. Those who wish to pay their respects to the memory of the legend can visit his grave in the Óbuda Cemetery.

Let's explore the area

Whether you're coming to the arena for a top game or a concert, it's worth exploring the area around it. You can raise your adrenaline levels in the Orczy Adventure Park, located in the immediate vicinity of the National University of Public Service. If you would prefer to rest and relax you should make a pilgrimage to the hidden treasure of Ferencváros, the Dandár Spa. The 36- and 38-degree pools and the wellness area help to refresh your body whether it’s warm or cold outside. A little further on the Buda side, you can visit the historic Gellért Bath in the hope of a little rest, healing and relaxation. Those looking for cultural experiences can enjoy the performances of the National Theatre and the Palace of Arts, as well as the modern art exhibitions of the Ludwig Museum on the Pest side of the Rákóczi Bridge.

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