It is now official that the two Hungarian stadiums, which were nominated in the top 25 stadiums of the world, got into the top 10! They are the only stadiums under the capacity of 15 thousand fans.
We have already reported that two Hungarian Football teams’ stadiums were nominated in the top 25 best stadiums of the world. The two stadium-owner teams are MOL Vidi FC and Diősgyőr (DVTK). Recent news from privatbankar.hu is that both of them (quite surprisingly) got into the top 10 stadiums on stadiumdb.com’s vote, so the two Hungarian stadiums can compete for the world’s best stadium title.
There is going to be two winners of the best stadium competition; one is by online voters, which is the ‘Audience Award’ and the other by a professional jury, the actual ‘Best Stadium of the Year’ award.
See more pictures of these stadiums in our previous article:
This is the first time that stadiums under 15 thousand capacity got into the final top 10, which was a great surprise even for the jury. The MOL Vidi stadium in Székesfehérvár has 14,200 seats, while the Diósgyőr stadium in Miskolc has a capacity of 14,655.
Earlier in 2014, two Hungarian football stadiums – Ferencváros and Debrecen – were also nominated in the rank list. In that year (2014) Debrecen stadium took fourth place, which also was a surprise and a great recognition for the designers.
These acknowledgements and nominations sound very good, but the majority of Hungarians might not be too satisfied by football stadium nominations at all. Sometimes Hungarians refer to their country as the ‘country of stadiums’, which describes the frustration and disappointment that they feel about Hungarian football and Hungarian politics, since the Hungarian government tends to spend billions of Hungarian Forint (millions of Euros) on stadiums, while the average attendance on a Hungarian Football League match is ridiculously low. According to a 2017 article of zoom.hu, there are 32 stadiums in Hungary to be rebuilt or already rebuilt, which costs an estimated 342 billion Forint (1,076,992,034 Euro). There is a stadium that costs around 200 billion HUF (629,819,903 Euro) itself, the New Puskás Ferenc Stadium.
Originally, the 27 nominee-stadiums were from 11 countries from all around the world. The country, where the most stadiums were nominated was Russia with 7 stadium nominations, where 2018 FIFA World Cup was held, the second is Turkey (6 Turkish stadiums were nominated), where a massive stadium-reconstruction program takes place. The final order of the top 10 will be decided by the 3-person jury, all of whom have a lot of experience in stadium project designs. The jury officially announces the winner on the 7th of March.
The top 10 stadiums in alphabetical order: