Hungarian first division side MTK Budapest is about to move into a brand new 4000-seater stadium named after the club’s and the Hungarian Golden Team‘s legendary player Nándor Hidegkúti (1922-2002). The new 6,4-billion forint arena has been built at the very same location where the old one was situated at the Hungária körút in Budapest’s 8th district. Club President Tamás Deutsch – who is also known as an MEP of the ruling Fidesz party – promised the fans that the new MTK stadium would be “one of the most modern ones in Hungary”, which will probably “earn the world’s admiration as well”. However, the recently released first official photos of the stadium have rather triggered anger and frustration even among die-hard MTK fans.
In spite of the original plans, there are no spectators’ terrace at the short sides of the pitch but two giant walls made of concrete. Critics say those walls are not only ugly but also dangerous: players could heavily hurt themselves if they won’t stop after a quick counter-attack. MTK say the new stadium meets all the international requirements as the distance between the goals and the structure behind them is more than 7,5 meters, which is 2,5 meters more than expected by FIFA and UEFA. The new stadium will be inaugurated on 13th of October with a gala match against Portugese star team Sporting Lisboa.
Check out the photos and the video at the end and decide for yourself if MTK’s new stadium is an admirable one or not:
photos: MTK facebook page; video: index.hu