Papp László Budapest Sportaréna

László Papp, the iconic sportsman

The arena is named after legendary Hungarian boxer László Papp who won consecutive gold at the 1948, 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games, making him one of the world’s most successful athletes in boxing.

Born out of flames

In December 1999 the former Budapest Sportaréna, which was built in the same location, burnt to the ground. The catastrophe shook the public in Hungary as the arena had been the country’s only one capable of holding several thousands of people at sports and cultural events. Decisions were made quickly to build a new arena. Construction began in June 2001 and one year and a half later, in March 2003, the new Sportaréna opened its doors to the public.

Is it a horseshoe or a stone?

The arena attracts with its unique design which is sometimes referred to as a horseshoe and sometimes as a stone. The former focusses on the interior as the arena’s permanent tribunes run along the two long, but only along one short side, whereas stone is more apt with regards to the arena’s outside appearance. But either way, it is simply stunning no matter what it is called.

“Let me entertain you”

By bringing the best international acts such as Kylie Minogue, Pink, Robbie Williams, top quality family shows such as “Disney on Ice” and a variety of other special events to the Hungarian and Central European audiences, the arena puts itself among the most sought-after venues in the entertainment business.

The citadel of sport

Papp László Budapest Sportaréna has also made a name for itself as a grand venue for sport events. It hosted the Women’s EHF EURO 2004 and has also been the venue for numerous basketball and ice hockey matches as well as for gymnastics and athletics championships. 2014 and 2015 were ‘the years of handball’ for the arena with the MVM EHF FINAL4 in May 2014 and 2015, as well as the Final Weekend of the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 in December. And the story continues with the third TIPPMIX EHF FINAL4 on 7/8 May 2016.

Facts & Figures

• The year the first Sportarena burnt down: 1999
• Beginning of reconstruction: 30 June 2001
• The building complex is as heavy as the Erzsébet and the Szabadság Bridges together.
• If you could pick it up and put it on scales, it would weigh 200,000 tons.
• The pedestrian area of the complex is covered by Hungary's largest continuous
granite surface: 25,000 m2.
Material used:
• 50,000 tons of concrete
• 2,300 tons of steel
• 11 million bolts
• several kilometres of cables

All roads lead to the arena
• The arena is located in the centre of Budapest and it is easily accessible
by car or public transport.
• Main roads to reach Arena: Stefánia út, Kerepesi út, Dózsa György út, Hungária körút.
(GPS: N47,50298; E19,10452)
• Parking (entrance from Ifjúság street)
Public transport:
• Metro 2 - Stadionok station
• Tram 1 - Kerepesi út station
• Buses: 35, 90
• Trolley buses: 75, 80

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