Nemzeti Atlétikai Központ
|Category||Design being implemented|
|Cost||HUF 204 mld / bln|
|Construction||2020 - 2023|
|Contractor||ZÁÉV Építőipari Zrt., Magyar Építő Zrt.|
Nemzeti Atlétikai Központ – design description
Plans of a new national athletics stadium in Budapest are nothing new. When the Hungarian capital was competing for the 2024 Olympics, a 50,000-seater was proposed along the Jenő Kvassay street in south Budapest, almost at the Danube waterfront. Hungary eventually withdrew their Olympic bid but plans for the stadium weren't entirely scrapped due to another bid: for the 2023 World Championship in Athletics.
After Budapest withdrew in 2017, there was a competition to propose a new national stadium with a running track on the very same site as proposed for the Olympics. For the the World Championship it was to hold 55,000 people and later be scalable down to 15,000. The vision by Napur Architect won but was later somewhat modified.
In its first iteration the stadium was designed to lose its roof after the main event, while in the new one it retains all of it. The spacious canopy covered with polycarbonate or similar translucent material would be built utilising the same, efficient tensile cable technology known from many modern venues.
The final auditorium was downsized to under 40,000 but still scalable to 14,500. Once the temporary upper tier is removed, the stadium would be left with a circular plateau, expected to be filled with publicly available leisure areas.
Budapest: National Athletics Stadium growing fast
The pace of work on the site is really impressive. A large part of the first tier of stands has already emerged from the ground after just over six months of construction.
Budapest: National Athletics Stadium from contractors of Puskás Aréna
The new athletics stadium will seat 40,000 spectators and will host the 2023 World Athletics Championships. The Hungarian government will allocate approximately HUF 204 billion (currently € 560 million) to the investment.
Budapest: Tender for new athletics stadium launched
In the long term it will only hold some 14,500 people. But during the 2023 World Athletics Championships Budapest's new multi-use stadium will be able to welcome nearly 40,000 fans.