Opened with guest Sporting CP on the 13th of October, 2016, MTK Budapest’s New Hidegkuti Nándor Stadium became home to one of the oldest clubs in Hungary. Given category 3 by UEFA, the stadium is eligible for men’s youth, women’s youth and adult national team matches, also eligible for Champions League or Europa League matches. The reason behind inviting Sporting CP was to remember the 1964 UEFA Cup Winners Cup, the first time a hungarian side made it to a European final.
Special details about the new stadium
The hybrid-pitch is a mixture of natural grass and 20 million artificial (plastic) blades of grass. This technology is used at Liverpool’s Anfield Road, Manchester United’s Old Trafford, or at the Giuseppe Meazza in Milan. The lighting is special too, as the visibility is guaranteed by LED lights.
With these two details the New Hidegkuti Nándor Stadium is at the top of infrastructure alongside Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium. At the day of the opening match only this two stadiums were present where they used the mixture of hybrid pitch and LED lights.
In Hungary, MTK’s stadium is the first where the benches are built in the stands instead of being in a completely separated box alongside the pitch. The 38 seats used by the staff and substitute players are state of the art RECARO seats.
Roofing of the new stadium
Mechanical sheet layers, or Polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE) infused glass-fabric. Used more and more in the modern architecture, gives aesthetic looks and have easy-to-handle mechanical properties. The orignal eggshell-color of the sheets become white with UV light, all while the fabric itself is UV-resistant, non-flammable, highly reflective and very sturdy. The roofing’s smooth top layer helps self-cleaning of the roof with rainwater, thus it is not needed to clean it manually.
The stadium is also supplied with 535 bike-holding stands.
Capacity of the stadium
The New Hidegkuti Nándor Stadium has 5014 seats for fans, and media representatives:
- 4189 spectator seats
- 260 VIP seats
- 504 seats on the Sky box levels
- 61 in the press sector
The spectator seats are DAPLAST company’s AVATAR models, the same thats used at Parc de Princes of Paris Saint Germain. The colors used are light, medium and dark blue.
The Sky Boxes
On the eastern side there are 8 boxes, on the western side there are 2 levels, 9 on the first and 17 on the second. In the central area there are cozy lounge areas to serve the corporate guests. The chairs used at these boxes were specially made for MTK’s new stadium.
The size of the pitch was set according MLSZ and UEFA regulations:
- The pitch is 105 x 68 m
- The runout areas behind the goals are 7.5 meters (2.5 m hybrid pitch, 5m artificial). The MLSZ regulations require at least 5 meters.
- The runout at the sidelines are 7.4 meters (2.5 m hybrid pitch, 4.9 m artificial). Current MLSZ regulations require at least 3 meters.