The new youth sports education centre of the Sándor Károly Football Academy will be built on the site of the Józsefváros railway station, which was built in 1867 and is now abandoned. Six large football pitches and service rooms will be established in the area by November 2022.
The public procurement procedure has been completed, so the establishment of the new youth education centre of the Sándor Károly Football Academy built for the Magyar Testgyakorlók Köre (MTK) can begin in the 8th district of Budapest, in the area of Orczi Square, between Kőbányai Street–Fiumei Street and Salgótarjáni Street, according to mtkbudapest.hu.
An investment in sports and recreation has long been planned in the state-owned area. Government Decree 150/2019 (VI.15) finally decided on the establishment of the centre as an investment of special importance from the point of view of the national economy.
The Józsefváros railway station was built in 1867. Its original name was Losonci railway station, as its first railway line ran from Hatvan–Salgótarján–Losonc.
Until the construction of the Eastern Railway Station (Keleti Pályaudvar) in 1884, it was the main railway station in Pest.
The station was one of MÁV’s freight transport centres. Railway traffic at the railway station ceased in December 2005, and MÁV decided that the railway station was obsolete both technically and in terms of its infrastructure, writes pestbuda.hu.
According to the announcement, the main building will also have changing rooms, water blocks, a massage and doping control room, a workshop, a kitchen and dining room, mechanical and operating rooms, offices, a meeting room, a press room, video analysis, and a server room. In addition, a state-of-the-art gym, a warehouse, the rooms of the special supply team (changing room, restroom, office), and mechanical rooms will also be located here.
As part of the investment, public lighting for the entire area will be established, and plants will be planted as part of the outdoor developments.
The winning bidder is the FEJÉR-B.Á.L. Építő és Szolgáltató Zrt., which realises the investment for a net amount of EUR 20 million. The construction of the sports centre is expected to be completed by November 30, 2022.
Source: pestbuda.hu, mtkbudapest.hu