July 26, 2021

The red Puskas Arena of happiness when hosting the Euro match between Hungary and Portugal

Guillaume may well be used to coming to visit his brother in Budapest, he has skipped Hungary’s new health regulations. Landed from Brest last Saturday, this supporter of the France team cannot enter the Puskas Arena to attend the Hungary-Portugal match this Tuesday evening. “I don’t have a PCR test dating back less than 48 hours”, explains the Breton in his happy thirties.

Mandatory yellow bracelet

It is that, in order to be able to enter the perimeter of the only one of the eleven stadiums of the Euro having been rebuilt for the occasion, it is necessary to show white paw. Or, more precisely, a yellow bracelet hanging on the wrist. It indicates that its bearer has a valid vaccination passport. Each spectator went to collect his precious sesame before this match, in one of the three centers opened for this purpose in the Hungarian capital. As for the match ticket, it is electronic and nominative. It is featured on the UEFA smartphone app. This facilitates fluidity at the entrance gates and avoids the controllers having to touch paper tickets. They just check their presence on smartphones and randomly take the temperature of certain spectators. In case.

She climbed very early in the afternoon, in the heart of the giant Budapest fan-zone located next to Vajdahunyad Castle, a short half-hour walk from the Puskas Arena. Access to 11,000 people also remains conditional on the possession of a valid health passport. Under a scorching sun, red jerseys from Hungary and Portugal mingled in good spirits. VIP guest on the podium, Laszlo Bölöni, the most Hungarian of Romanians, was responsible for keeping the fans patient by presenting them with the challenges of this match.

All spectators must wear this yellow bracelet. (ATTILA KISBENEDEK / Pool via reuters)

The accreditation of CR7 verified twice

The atmosphere took a less pleasant turn when the bus from Portugal arrived in a bunkerized Puskas Arena, all areas having been closed to traffic. He was greeted under throws of plastic bottles. Unperturbed, a steward still took care to double check Cristiano Ronaldo’s accreditation when he got off the bus. Then the atmosphere became festive again at 5:04 p.m., when the three Hungarian goalkeepers entered for the warm-up in a stadium that was still surprisingly little crowded less than an hour from kick-off.

This was not the case in the Liberty Square fan-zone. In this tree-lined square in Lipotvaros, a business district in the Hungarian capital, controls are much less strict than in the official UEFA fan zone. This allowed Guillaume and his fifteen friends to come and follow Hungary-Portugal. “But on Saturday, we will all be at the Puskas Arena to support the Blues”, he promises, very happy to have found tickets on the UEFA website. In the meantime, they are already nearly 68,000 to receive communion again all together for this Hungary-Portugal. Red with happiness to be able to relive, finally, the atmospheres of the world before.