Host cities & venues
HOST CITIES AND VENUES
If we started playing an association game about Budapest, the city’s historic bath culture would probably be among the first things that come to mind. There are more than 1,000 natural springs in Hungary (and the world’s largest thermal lake at Hévíz, near Veszprém), with 118 in Budapest alone. Over the past few years, the country and the capital have demonstrated its excellent hospitality and skills in organizing impressive major sporting events multiple times, for example, the EHF Final4 for years now.
Bars and pubs are something you cannot miss out in Budapest. We love our charming little cafés, bookstores that offer great food, refreshing drinks, and delicious cakes. Cool by day and smokin’ hot at night, Budapest is rapidly earning a reputation as one of Central Europe’s best youth scenes.
The newly built Budapest Arena will be a multifunctional sports hall with a capacity of 20,000 and a floor space of 49,700m2, suitable for hosting national and international sports events, grand concerts, shows and entertainment productions, and other events that attract a significant number of visitors. The venue will also have a ground-level car park for 800 cars and a VIP parking section for 150 cars. The Budapest Arena should be finished by 15 November 2021 and ready to host the best European teams during the Men's EHF EURO 2022 in January 2022.
Szeged is the third-largest city of Hungary. It is situated on the south-eastern part of the country, just a few miles from the intersection of Hungary, Romania, and Serbia. The town has been mentioned in records since the 12th century, but still, it became known after the great flood of 1879. At that time, the river Tisza demanded enormous flood basin because of its deregulation, and in 1879 the river destroyed almost all buildings of the town.
Many European big cities assisted in rebuilding the town; then the Grand Boulevard named after the assisting cities, and the radial structure of the town was formed. Meanwhile, the University of Szeged is one of the most distinguished universities in Hungary, its students fill the historical streets of the city.
The most popular sport in the town is handball. The city’s team, MOL-PICK Szeged is the 2013-14 EHF Cup-winner. The journey by road from Budapest takes around one and a half hours. The fast InterCity trains make the trip from the capital convenient, whilst the recently inaugurated airport has brought Szeged and its region into closer contact not just with the rest of Hungary but with the world.
It’s hard to name the single thing that makes Szeged such an appealing city. Is it the garden-like main square with all the park benches or the abundant streetside-café seating in a pedestrian area that seems to stretch on forever? Maybe it’s the interesting architecture of the palaces in the old town. Then again, it could be the year-round cultural performances and lively university-town vibe or the fantastic thermal complex that helps to find those highly needed relaxing moments.
Pick Aréna in Szeged, Southern Hungary, will be built on one of the most beautiful sites on the bank of the river Tisza. The arena will be the second-largest multifunctional event hall in Hungary with the capacity of 10,000, suitable for organising a wide variety of programmes (sports events, cultural events, concerts, exhibitions, conferences).
It will be fully accessible for people with disabilities and in line with EHF regulations. Pick Aréna will be home to MOL-Pick Szeged Handball Club, a regular participant in the EHF Velux Champions’ League. The arena area will be surrounded by a mobile, retractable tribune system on all sides, while the freight entrance will enable the Arena to receive trucks. Accessibility shall be ensured by 5+1 (VIP) elevators.
In addition to the sports hall, there will be a 1000- seat training hall in the new building complex alongside a 25-30-person handball academy (a boarding school) and an 800 m2 recreation centre.