Nagyerdei Stadium, the newly-built football arena in Hungary’s second city of Debrecen, has came fourth in a a jury vote of football arenas inaugurated in 2014.
The professional jury was comprised of internationally ackowledged and experienced architects who were not involved in any of the applicant projects, stadiumdb.com, the website which organised the vote, disclosed.
Four categories – visual effects, environment, innovation and value-for-money – were taken account when ranking applicant arenas. Based on the jury’s decision, Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in the United Arab Emirates was named Stadium of the Year, followed by Brazil’s Manaus Stadium built for the Football World Cup and Singapore’s National Stadium. The new football arena of the city of Debrecen in eastern Hungary came fourth in the vote.
32 facilities inaugurated last year took part in the vote, including the Groupama Arena, home of the Budapest football club Ferencváros. However, the latter failed to make it into the best ten at the jury’s vote.
Besides professional experts, football fans also had the opportunity to form an opinion – 96 772 votes were received. Among the general public, Brazi’s Allianz Parque finished in first place, followed by San Mamés Barria in Bilbao, Spain, and Otritiye Arena in Moscow.
Groupama Arena came 14th and Nagyerdei Stadium 17th in the public vote.
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