Euro 2020: Budapest to bid, will host for Central Europe?

source: origo.hu / StadiumDB.com

Euro 2020: Budapest to bid, will host for Central Europe? Hungarian football association confirmed their plan to submit new national stadium as a Euro 2020 venue. Its capacity and location may bring European Championship to the footballing legends for the first time.

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Today Sandor Csanyi, chairman of the MLSZ (Hungarian FA) confirmed his association will submit a bid to UEFA, hoping to host several games of Euro 2020 in Budapest.

According to UEFA's criteria there will be 6-8 geographic zones throughout Europe in 2020, which means one region may get as little as one host stadium, while other parts of Europe might be getting up to three. Though final division of the zones isn't known yet, Budapest's location between Central Europe and the Balkans may be an advantage.

Nemzeti SportkozpontThe planned new stadium is hoped to be opened in 2017 and if the schedule doesn't change, this will easily meet UEFA's requirement as to construction deadlines (so far we only know that works on tournament venues need to begin in 2016 at the latest).

Hungary will use their existing Ferenc Puskas Stadium as basis and incorporate a new venue into the old bowl. With capacity of 65,000 seats the stadium would be eligible to hold not only group games and round of 16, but also quarterfinals.

So far several candidates in the region were announced. Poland will bid with Stadion Narodowy and Stadion Slaski. Ukraine should submit their Olympic Stadium, Romania – Stadionul National. Czech Republic are considering Brno as a potential bid, while Austria will go for either renovated Ernst-Happel-Stadion or a new one. Of course this information is only based on declarations so far, as all official bids are to be confirmed until September 12 and announced by UEFA on Sept 20.

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