POSTED: Tuesday December 13th 2016

Images released of Budapest's Olympic Park Cluster - the "heart" of the Budapest 2024 Games

“We feel this is a right-sized Olympic Park, appropriate for a new era of the Olympic Movement. This compactness is reflective of our concept as a whole - the average travel time for athletes from the Olympic Village to their sport venue is a remarkable 12 minutes.” Attila Mizsér, Director of Sport and Venues, Budapest 2024

To mark its transition into the third and final phase of its candidature to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2024, Budapest has released a series of computer generated images (CGI) of the stunning downtown Olympic Park Cluster - the heart of the Budapest Games concept.

The first 4 pictures of the album:

“The city will become a single Olympic Park, fed by the energy and vitality that radiates from the Olympic Park Cluster and the athletes,” says Balázs Fürjes, Chairman of the Budapest 2024 Olympic Bid.

The largest of the seven venue clusters, the Olympic Park Cluster contains nine competition venues housing ten sports, and a Media Village. The athletes will also call this cluster home for the duration of the Games: the impressive Olympic Village will provide 16,500 beds in 12 modern, medium-rise blocks.

The location of the Olympic Park Cluster, known as the ‘Budapest Southern Gate’, is a prime inner city location that is currently a brownfield site. In fact, this site on the eastern bank of the Danube is the most important of seven brownfield sites earmarked for renovation in the city’s 2030 Sustainable Development Plan. In addition to the rejuvenation of the area with much-needed community facilities such as a new conference centre and a science centre, a brand new bridge - the Galvani - will reconnect residents in the Southern Gate with the other half of the city across the Danube.

This fits the bill perfectly for the International Olympic Committee’s Agenda 2020, which requires that bidding cities align Olympic development plans with long-term plans already in place for the community. The legacy plans of the venues closely match Agenda 2020, providing upgrades to several facilities that already play an important role in the suburb, as well as new, exciting meeting points for a number of sports that need to keep up with growing demand and popularity in a city ranked seventh in the Global Sport City Index and second in the Future Sport City Index.

The transformation of the brownfield site will create a revival in this area of the city that planners hope will emulate the renewal of London’s East End that was stimulated by development for the London 2012 Olympic Games. A main driver for this revival will be the legacy of Budapest’s Olympic Village which will fill a growing demand for student accommodation from four Budapest universities. Seventy per cent of the Olympic Village will be converted to 'cluster' housing, (with student rooms sharing kitchen and common areas) and thirty per cent will become student apartments - a legacy concept that aligns with the government’s priority to enhance student housing in support of the growing education sector.

The pride of this new student quarter will be the Grand Market; this 1950s building that is currently derelict will serve as an atmospheric main dining hall for the Olympic Village during the Games, afterwards becoming a centrepiece student union building.

The Village is in a fantastic location for easy access to the rest of the city. It is serviced by numerous forms of transport including road, suburban rail, tram, trolleycar, bus and the citywide Active Route Network (ARN) formed of pedestrian walkways and cycle track.

“We feel this is a right-sized Olympic Park, appropriate for a new era of the Olympic Movement,” says Attila Mizsér, Director of Sport and Venues for the bid. “This compactness is reflective of our concept as a whole - the average travel time for athletes from the Olympic Village to their sport venue is a remarkable 12 minutes. We are very lucky that we have been able to make maximum use of the naturally accessible geography of the city to eliminate traffic delays for athletes, spectators and the wider Games Family. We also have athlete training facilities onsite at the Olympic Village in six temporary buildings.”

More details of the venues in the Olympic Park Cluster:

Olympic Stadium:
• Athletics; Para athletics
• Spectator capacity: 55,000
• Legacy: Budapest Athletics Centre -  multi-functional stadium, national training centre

Budapest BMX Centre:
• Cycling (BMX)
• Spectator capacity: 5,000
• Legacy: Community use / sport development / high performance centre / adventure sport park

Budapest Whitewater Centre:
• Canoe-Kayak (Slalom)
• Spectator capacity: 8,000
• Legacy: Community use / sport development / high performance centre / adventure sport park

Budapest Olympic Arena:
• Fencing, Handball (finals); Wheelchair Fencing
• Spectator capacity: 12,500
• Legacy: Multi-use indoor arena

Budapest Tennis Centre:
• Tennis; Wheelchair Tennis
• Spectator capacity: 10,000, 5,000, 3,000, 2—500, 7—250
• Legacy: Tennis Centre

Danube Flatwater Centre:
• Rowing (Olympics & Paralympics)
• Spectator capacity: 14,000
• Legacy: Rowing Centre

Buda Triathlon Centre:
• Triathlon (Olympics & Paralympics)
• Spectator capacity: 2,500

Budapest Congress Centre:
• Weightlifting; Para Powerlifting
• Spectator capacity: 4,500
• Legacy: improved congress centre and auditorium

Tüske Arena:
• Modern pentathlon - fencing prelims; Wheelchair Basketball
• Spectator capacity: 4,000
• Legacy: improved multi-functional indoor arena

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- This year’s Sportcal listings recognise Budapest as the rising star of major global sport events, ranking the city seventh among the top global sport cities and second in the Future Sports Cities Index 2017-2023. Named as European Capital of Sport 2019, Budapest is a high-value city, with an excellent transport infrastructure and a long-term sustainable development plan. The Budapest 2024 Olympic Bid proposes a compact and intimate Games footprint in the capital, and a truly nationwide Games that features sport in six other Olympic cities. Budapest 2024 is dedicated to deliver an on-budget and inclusive Olympic and Paralympic Games in one of the top 20 most peaceful countries in the world. Sports-mad Hungary was one of the founding members of the IOC and has participated in the Games since 1896. Hungary is the only country ranked in the top ten of the all-time Olympic Medal table that has not yet hosted the Olympic Games.

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