The under-construction Puskás Aréna in the Hungarian capital of Budapest is on course to open this November, with the 67,000-seat stadium scheduled to host matches at next year’s UEFA European Championships.
The stadium is being built on the site of the former Ferenc Puskás Stadium (pictured) and will serve as the home of the Hungarian national team.
At next years’ European Championships, which will be held in 12 cities across the continent, Puskás Aréna has been pencilled in to stage two group-stage matches and one round of 16 tie.
Budapest government commissioner Balázs Fürjes said that the new stadium is likely to open on November 25, which is ‘Hungarian Football Day’. On November 25, 1953, a Hungarian team that included the legendary Puskás beat England 6-3 at Wembley.
The new stadium will position fans closer to the pitch than the previous Ferenc Puskás Stadium. It is also hoped the stadium will host other events such as music concerts and festivals as it seeks to become a multi-purpose venue.
Hungary’s qualification campaign for Euro 2020 has started with a win and a loss from the team’s first two matches.