This spectacular stadium near Budapest, Hungary, named after football legend Ferenc Puskás, boasts beautiful glulam vaults that rise above the stands, making the central pitch look like a clearing in a forest. Called Pancho Arena, the structure was designed by Doparum Architects and Dobrosi Tamás as a more organic alternative to the Brutalist architectural style that dominated the Communist era.
The Hungarian Football Academy decided to build a UEFA category III football stadium suitable for hosting Hungarian league matches and junior tournaments as well as different international competitions. The construction of the new arena started in 2008.
The structure was designed to fit into a large plan designed by famous Hungarian architect Imre Makovecz, which includes a dormitory for the Football Academy, professional and medical center and canteen, designed by Makovecz’ former student, Tamás Dobrosi.
The 3,400-seat arena features nearly 1,000 tons of wood, around 80 percent of which was manufactured by Austrian timber manufacturer Rubner Holzbau using mid-grade and glulam, while Hungarian timber mill Sokon completed the remaining fabrication and construction. Their dedication to creating an organic structure Hungary can be proud of has resulted in one of the most attractive stadiums ever built.