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Puskás Aréna fitted with new turf protection

Budapest’s new 65,000-seat Puskás Aréna has purchased 10,000 square metres of industry-leading turf protection as it looks to position itself as a venue that can host global concerts and public events.

The stadium opened on November 15 last year and will serve as one of 12 host venues for this summer’s UEFA European Championships.

Signature Systems’ UK and EMEA director, Tony Booth, followed the stadium’s construction process for six years, offering the company’s strong and fast-installing OmniDeck turf protection system to the venue.

Signature successfully launched the system last June and generated sales across the National Football League and Major League Baseball, as well as at Arthur Ashe Stadium, home of the US Open tennis grand slam.

The system incorporates an innovative ‘puzzle-piece’ design to save on labour costs and support the fast turnarounds involved in hosting sport and other events. OmniDeck’s strength protects the turf while setting up equipment, staging and high-tech screens.

Booth said: “They (Puskás Aréna) wanted to have huge flexibility and to cover the turf with a driveable system to allow promoters and production companies the flexibility for massive staging and infrastructure in the arena. They purchased OmniDeck to protect the full stadium for 2020 events and beyond, including a large worship event and an Aerosmith concert in July.”

Hungary’s Minister of National Development, Miklós Seszták, added: “We are building a world-class infrastructure that will give a new impetus to Hungarian competitive sport, while also making our country capable of hosting the most prestigious international sports events.

“Worldwide competitions organised in Hungary draw our country’s international attention, which not only pays off in terms of the country’s reputation and prestige, but also contributes to the performance of Hungarian tourism. The investment will result in increased employment and employment for a broad range of Hungarian entrepreneurs.”

Puskás Aréna will stage group-stage matches and a round of 16 fixture at Euro 2020.