Puskás Arena pitched for victory with d&b.
Completed in 2019, the new Puskás Arena in Budapest is a triumph of modern architecture, engineering and technology. With a capacity of nearly 68,000, the new venue replaces Hungary’s former national stadium. Ranking as Europe’s 19th-largest stadium and the most modern in Central Europe, one of the elements that sets Puskás Arena apart is its state-of-the-art, weatherised d&b sound system fully optimised with d&b’s unique ArrayProcessing technology installed by Hungarian integrator, INTERTON Group.
The brief for the new national arena was for an ultra-modern, high-tech, UEFA Category 4 stadium. According to INTERTON Group’s Marketing Manager, István Bogár, the most important guide for the design team was the UEFA EURO 2020 Technical Requirements handbook which laid out the highly demanding specifications in detail. Indeed, d&b’s ArrayProcessing technology has successfully delivered the required level reduction zones, as specified in the handbook, for UEFA Champions League matches since the 2014 Champions League final at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica in Lisbon, Portugal.
d&b’s Education & Application Support team supported INTERTON’s experts from the beginning, working up a number of different scenarios including full ArrayCalc and EASE acoustic simulations in order to optimise each design approach both technically and economically. The final design was based around the installation version of d&b’s powerful, lightweight V-Series line array systems – supplied in fully weatherised SVS (Special Version Stadium) versions.
d&b’s unique ArrayProcessing technology came into its own for this project in order to meet the exacting requirements demanded by UEFA: “UEFA stipulates the ability to control level distribution between different zones within vertical sections of audience areas in the bowl,” explained Kiss. “Of particular concern was the press zone where we needed to be able to reduce overall SPL, especially where announcements are concerned.”
The system made a debut in front of a capacity crowd during the Arena’s first official match, a friendly between old rivals, Uruguay and Hungary in November 2019. Whilst it was fully expected that the system would perform well, Kiss was blown away by the results.
“We were delighted to number d&b amongst our premium partners for this project,” concludes INTERTON’s István Bogár. “Their experience in the design and implementation of large, complex stadium systems was invaluable, as was their knowledge of UEFA and FIFA level specifications.”
According to tests carried out by UEFA experts on the fully commissioned system, Puskás Arena is only the second stadium in Europe that fully complies with the strict audio requirements as laid out in the UEFA 2020 Technical Requirements documentation. “We are extremely proud to have participated in this prestigious project and delivered a system that the nation can be proud of,” said Bogár