Hungary: Society against public stadium investment
source: mandiner.hu; author: michał
Republikon Institute carried out a survey showing massive opposition to government’s plans of pumping money into football stadiums. Only 16% agree that football should be the priority sport at all.
While construction works are ongoing in Debrecen and Budapest, the largest project is yet to start: the new national stadium for 65,000 people, needed if Budapest is to meet Euro 2020 aspirations. Its cost is very high, possibly at some €310 million / $425 million.
All of the above cost would come from public money while other, smaller stadiums might be subsidized by the government, according to plans by ruling party Fidesz. But recent survey published by Republikon Institute shows that enthusiasm among Hungarians is hardly comparable to that of Fidesz.
Almost 80% are against public funding for new stadiums as healthcare and new jobs listed as priorities by people. The number is only slightly lower for Fidesz supporters and reaches almost 90% among unemployed Hungarians.
Also, only 16% agree that football should be the discipline most supported with public investments.