Hidegkuti Nándor Stadium

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Hidegkuti Nándor Stadium
MTK stadion
Full name Hidegkuti Nándor stadion
Location Budapest, Hungary
Coordinates 47°29′27.31″N 19°6′24.21″E / 47.4909194°N 19.1067250°E / 47.4909194; 19.1067250Coordinates: 47°29′27.31″N 19°6′24.21″E / 47.4909194°N 19.1067250°E / 47.4909194; 19.1067250
Owner Hungary
Operator MTK Budapest
Capacity 12,700
Field size 105 × 68 m (344 × 223 ft)
Surface Grass
Field
Construction
Broke ground 1911
Built 1911-12
Opened 1912
Renovated 2014-
Demolished 2014
Construction cost c. 6.5 billion HUF
Architect Péter Bordás
Tenants
MTK Budapest

Hidegkuti Nándor Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Budapest, Hungary. The stadium currently is under reconsctruction. The former Hidegkuti stadium could hold 12,700 people (27,000 in the 1990s) and was built in 1912. It was renamed after the MTK Budapest and Hungary footballer Nándor Hidegkuti. It is currently used for football matches and is the home stadium of MTK Budapest.

History[edit]

Tamás Deutsch, Hungarian Parliament MP, announced that by 2016 a new stadium will have been built. The club have 6.5 billion HUF to spend on reconstruction. The construction of a new stadium is expected to be finished in 2016. The new facility will be able to host 5000 spectators and will be the home of the Sándor Károly Football Academy. The first phase of the construction will start at the end of the 2013-14 Hungarian League season with the demolition of the current stadium. During the construction the club will play their matches at one of the stadiums in Budapest, decided by the fans of the club.[1]

On 4 November 2014, the construction of the new stadium became a highlighted investment. The Hungarian state provides 1.39 billion HUF for the construction of a sports hall at the Lantos Mihiály Sportelep, 3.91 billion HUF for the reconstruction of the Nándor Hidegkuti stadium, and 350 million HUF for the training pitch next to the stadium. Alltogether 5.65 billion HUF.[2]

On 6 November 2014, the demolishion of the stadium started. First the floodlights system was uninstalled and then the seats were removed.[3][4]

On 5 December 2014, the first drafts of the new stadium were published on the official website of the club. The tender was won by Bord Építész Stúdió Kft, led by Péter Bordás. The new stadium will be able to host 5000 spectators and it will be opened in the summer of 2016. The UEFA stadium category of the new stadium will be 3 according to the plans.[5]

On 12 December 2014, new photos of the new stadium were published on the website of the club. The opening match will be played in 2016 against Sporting Lisbon.[6][7]

Concerts[edit]

Main article: Damaged Justice
Metallica playing at the MTK stadium in 1988

The American band Metallica kicked off their Damaged Justice tour at the stadium on September 11, 1988. Damaged Justice was the fourth concert tour by the American thrash metal band Metallica. It began on September 11, 1988 and ended on October 8, 1989. The name is believed to be inspired either by the cover of its fourth studio album ...And Justice for All, or by the song "Damage, Inc." from the group's previous album, Master of Puppets. Both of the August 29 and 30, 1989 shows in Seattle, Washington were later released in the box set Live Shit: Binge & Purge. The tour marked the one and, to date, only time that Metallica has played in the U.S. state of Delaware. On August 7, 1989, the band headlined a special and very drunken gig at Newark's Stone Balloon.

Film location[edit]

Main article: Escape to Victory

The stadium was used in the film Escape to Victory or known simply as Victory in North America. The 1981 film about Allied prisoners of war who are interned in a German prison camp during World War II who play an exhibition match of Association football against a German team. The film was directed by John Huston and stars Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Max von Sydow and Daniel Massey.[8][9]

The film received great attention upon its theatrical release, as it also starred professional footballers Bobby Moore, Osvaldo Ardiles, Kazimierz Deyna, Paul Van Himst, Mike Summerbee, Hallvar Thoresen, Werner Roth and Pelé. Numerous Ipswich Town players were also in the film, including John Wark, Russell Osman, Laurie Sivell, Robin Turner and Kevin O'Callaghan. Further Ipswich Town players stood in for actors in the football scenes - Kevin Beattie for Michael Caine, and Paul Cooper for Sylvester Stallone. The script was written by Yabo Yablonsky. The film was entered into the 12th Moscow International Film Festival.[10]

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