Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion
|342 (+41 skyboxes) (Business seats)|
|Clubs||MTK Budapest FC|
|Inauguration||13/10/2016 (MTK Budapest - Sporting CP, 2-2)|
|Construction||01/2015 - 09/2016|
|Cost||HUF 7.26 billion|
|Design||Bord Építész Stúdió|
|Contractor||ZÁÉV Építőipari, West Hungária Bau|
|Address||Salgótarjáni út 12-14., Budapest, 1087 Hungary|
Description: Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion
Works on the new stadium of MTK Budapest were launched in 2015 thanks to the national programme for sports stadia reconstruction. The predecessor was leveled in the first half of 2015, but construction of the new one effectively began in January 2016. Why would that be important? Because it means that the entire structure was delivered within just 9 months!
While a lot of the new stadium was prefabricated and allowed quick assembly, there are also significant monolithic portions built on site. Particularly visible are the large concrete walls behind each goal which then became the most controversial part of the design. While on the one hand the walls allowed for the stadium be an enclosed bowl, they also create a very raw and imposing impression, even if shaped interestingly.
The walls, just like the whole arena’s layout, are the outcome of concepts adopted in 2014. It was then decided that the field should be rotated around 90 degrees compared to the old one to better fit UEFA/FIFA regulations. This adjustment allowed to put all spectators along the sides, but also left only just enough room for the concrete walls on both ends, tightly along nearby streets.
Rotation of the stadium released a whole lot of space in the east and west and thus enabled the creation of over 40 skyboxes. This was more important than any potential capacity increase because MTK Budapest never needed more than the previous capacity (5,515). The club did however have the desire to create vast corporate zones, which would boost the matchday revenue. Compared to the overall capacity, the scale of business sections is almost unprecedented globally.
Construction was very fast, but also proved significantly more expensive than anticipated. In 2014 it was expected to stay within HUF 6 – 6.5 billion. In the end it increased to 7.26 forints, which at the end of construction represented $26 million.
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