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Budapest poised to host memorable World Athletics Champs

Budapest poised to host memorable World Athletics Champs

A brand-new National Athletics Centre is ready to welcome fans for the World Champs in August

This summer, the World Athletics Championships will be held in Budapest, welcoming over 2000 athletes from 200 different countries, all in less than 100 days from now. The purpose-built National Athletics Centre, which is nearly completed, will be the main venue for the competitions. We hope to witness many world records and memorable Hungarian moments during the championships, which will take place from August 19-27.

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the World Athletics Championships at the region’s most state-of-the-art athletics facility! Nestled in the heart of Budapest, Hungary, Central and Eastern Europe, the National Athletics Centre sets the stage for this extraordinary event.

Regardless of where you sit in the purpose-built stadium, every exhilarating moment of the World Championships promises to be an unforgettable experience for fans visiting Budapest. The track surface, known as the “red carpet of world records,” is none other than the renowned Mondo track. It’s no coincidence that Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone and Karsten Warholm shattered world records on a similarly fast surface at the Tokyo Olympics.

Situated amidst lush greenery on the banks of the Danube, the stadium is conveniently located just 15-20 minutes from the city centre, easily accessible from Budapest’s major hotels. The grandeur of this athletic masterpiece captivates from a distance, but the true marvel unfolds inside the stadium during the nine-day World Champs extravaganza—an unmissable spectacle for all.

A must-see experience for everyone in Budapest

Hungary and Budapest have a 125-year history of hosting world athletics competitions. The two largest outdoor events were the European Championships in 1966 and 1998, which took place at the iconic Népstadion. While it used to be primarily the home of the Hungarian national football team, the athletes also made great use of the home field advantage. The many world records (for example from Sándor Iharos and István Rózsavölgyi) set on the stadium’s track in the 1950s are a testament to this. Budapest has also hosted the World and the European Indoor Championships.

Unfortunately, after the old Puskás Ferenc Stadium, formerly known as the Népstadion, was demolished in the 2010s and rebuilt without an athletics track, there was no stadium left in Hungary that can host a major international athletics event.


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