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‘Impressive and Elegant’ Hungarian Stadium Awarded Stadium of the Year

Ábrahám Vass 2019.03.08.

For the first time, a Hungarian stadium has won first place in the Stadium of the Year awards. This year’s jury award went to the DVTK Stadium in Miskolc.

Despite being the smallest ever stadium, with a capacity of 14,680, to win the award, as one of the members of the jury pointed out, the stadium was simply ahead of its competition. “Every element [was] considered to produce this impressive stadium,” said Robert D. Kennedy of Holmes and Miller. Kennedy particularly appreciated the vision and elegance displayed by Közti Architects.

Fans were also given an opportunity to vote. In the popular vote — won by Volgograd Arena in Russia and dominated by Russian stadia — DVTK stadium came in 9th place. The DVTK stadium was not the only Hungarian stadium to be nominated, however. MOL Vidi FC‘s MOL Aréna Sóstó ended up qualifying in the jury vote, ultimately coming in 8th, and placing 11th in the popular vote.

The new football stadium in Miskolc, located in the city’s Újdiósgyőr neighborhood (hence the club’s name: Diósgyőri VTK), has been a state-funded project costing a total of HUF 13 billion (Eur 41.2 million). In the planning phase, a decision was made to not retain the new east stand; the entirety of the historical stadium from 1939 was razed to the ground. Construction began in November of 2016 and the stadium was put into use in May of 2018. Although DVTK is not among the most successful Hungarian teams (they never won the championship and have only won the cup twice), it has one of the largest and most loyal, fanatic fanbases in Hungary.

Via StadiumDB.com / Stadiony.net

Stadium of the Year 2018 is the ninth edition of the world’s largest public vote on newly-built stadiums. Its host, StadiumDB.com, is based on Stadiony.net, a Polish website wishing to present the initial renderings, construction, daily operations, demolition and history of football stadiums. The site also releases annual attendance reports comparing all clubs with crowds of over 10,000 people per game.

featured image via Norbert Perness / KÖZTI Architects