Club: Ferencvaros TC | Opening: 2014 | Capacity: 23,698 seats
History and description
The Groupama Arena got built to provide Ferencvaros with a modern home in place of the old Albert Florian Stadium.
Plans for the new stadium were presented in 2012, and construction started one year later in 2013.
The Groupama Arena officially opened on 10 August 2014 with a friendly between Ferensvaros and Chelsea (1-2). The first goal was scored by Zoltan Gera.
The stadium has also become the most frequent playing venue of the Hungarian national team since Ferenc Puskas Stadion closed for reconstruction.
How to get to the Groupama Arena
The Groupama Arena is located towards the south-east of Budapest at roughly 3 kilometres from the southern edge of Budapest’s city centre. The stadium lies on the wide Ulloi ut avenue which runs from the city centre in a straight line south-east.
The walk from the city centre takes about 40 minutes, but it is quicker to catch the metro to the arena. Metro station Nepliget lies right next to the Groupama Arena. Nepliget is on the blue line 3 which runs right through the city centre on the east (‘Pest’) side of the river and also passes Nyugati railway station. It’s a quick ride of a only few stops to the stadium.
Various tram and bus routes furthermore connect the stadium with other parts of the city. Tram 1, for example, connects with Ferenc Puskas Stadion in the north and crosses the river further west. Tram 24 connects the stadium with Keleti railway station (get off at stop Nagyvarad Ter).
Address: Üllői út 129, 1091 Budapest
Eat, drink, and sleep near the Groupama Arena
The Groupama Arena is located rather centrally in a dense urban neighbourhood that is a mix of residential buildings, offices, hospital buildings, and some retail. Budapest’s large People Park (or Nepliget park) lies right across Ulloi ut avenue.
There are a few local restaurants around, but the options pale in comparison with Budapest’s city centre so there’s little reason to head to the arena too early.
There are various hotels located close to the Groupama Arena, including Hotel Millennium, Hotel Manzard Panzio, and, further towards the centre, Di Verdi Imperial Hotel. Click here to see all hotels near the Groupama Arena, and here to explore other options in central Budapest.
Tickets for Ferencvaros games can be bought online or at the ticket office at the Groupama Arena, in advance as well as on the day of the match.
You need to register for a FTC fan card first to be able to buy tickets, which can be done at the ticket office when buying the tickets (HUF 1,500 if done in advance or HUF 3,000 if on the day of the match).
Ticket prices depend on the opponent. Ferencvaros have divided their home games in four categories with the cheapest tickets starting at HUF 2,000 for a seat behind the goal ranging up to HUF 4,200 for a central seat at the long side. Prices go up for the most expensive price category to between HUF 2,800 and HUF 7,400, though that is just the Ujpest home match and most matches fall into the two cheapest categories.
Tickets cost HUF 800 more if bought on the day of the match at the stadium.
Groupama Arena stadium tours
The Groupama Arena offer guided stadium tours that include the players’ tunnel, dressing rooms, dug outs, press room, VIP areas, the stands, and the Ferencvaros Fradi Museum. The tour plus museum visit lasts about 50 minutes.
Tours run Friday to Sunday every hour between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm (until 6:00 pm on Fridays). Bookings can be made online. The museum opens the other days of the week as well except Mondays.
Museum admission costs HUF 1,600, the museum + tour HUF 1,899.
Photos of the Groupama Arena
Relevant Internet links
Fradi.hu – Official website of Ferencvaros.
Groupamaarena.com – Official website of the Groupama Arena.
Budapestinfo.hu – Official website of Budepest tourism.
Bkv.hu – Budapest public transport information.