While work is nearing completion at Ferencváros’s new stadium, another project awaits implementation. This time it’s the southern club Honved planning a new ground with federal support.
Southern Kispest area of Budapest is home to Honved FC, one of Budapest’s most well known clubs. Current stadium of the club, the József Bozsik Stadium, is very outdated (76 years old) and the athletic layout offers poor sightlines and comfort.
This is why a new one is planned. Honved hope to be included in a unique plan of Hungarian government and the football association to upgrade almost all 27 stadiums of top two divisions within 2016.
The government of Viktor Orban offers HUF 40 billion (€128m / $176m) of support to make dreams of many clubs come true. And though the funding only secures part of the budget, Honved hope it will trigger their stadium’s complete reconstruction.
The dream seems realistic, because Honved have much smaller plans than derby rivals Ferencvaros. The new football-specific stadium with all stands covered is to hold 8,000-9,000 fans, meeting guidelines of the federal support program.
George F. Hemingway, club owner and businessman, is certain the stadium will be delivered and work should start already this year. "I think that the new stadium will be completed by the end of 2015," Hemingway told local news agency MTI.
This vision might prove to be a bonus asset not only for Honved, but for entire Budapest. The city is bidding to hold games of Euro 2020 and early delivery of two new training stadiums (Fradi this year, Honved in 2015) may strengthen its position in the run.
Interestingly, the renditions presented were created by a Honved supporter, they weren’t official at first. But as momentum for the redevelopment grew, Honved decided to use them for the club’s advantage. Whether the final design will include what we may see now remains unclear.