Budapest, January 27 (MTI) – The Budapest City Council on Wednesday approved the proposed venues where the capital would organise the 2024 Olympic Summer Games.
The council approved two venues made up of altogether seven clusters for the Olympics: the Danube area made up of Margaret Island, the Olympic Park and Obuda Island with the second venue encompassing the Heroes’ Square, Puskas Ferenc Stadium, Fair Centre and Nepliget (People’s Park).
The venues were approved with 21 votes in favour, 1 against and 9 abstentions.
The council rejected an initiative by the Socialists, green LMP, the Democratic Coalition and the Dialogue for Hungary party in which they again proposed holding a referendum on Budapest’s Olympic bid.
The proposal said the Olympics is a “very good” opportunity to carry out urban development projects, and the capital’s bid will further encourage completing the development projects currently on the agenda. The bid will allow for the completion of a complex development concept as opposed to simple “isolated projects”.
Budapest’s bid follows the model of the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona with a so-called centralised poly-cluster configuration promoting larger scale developments.
Under the proposal, the Olympic Park located near the Danube in southern Budapest would feature the track and field stadium, some other sports facilities and the Olympic village.