Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion (1947)

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Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion
MTK-pálya bontás előtt V 2014. augusztus 31.jpg
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 MTK Budapest
Operator MTK Budapest
Capacity 12,700
Field size 105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)
Surface Grass
Broke ground 1946
Built 1946-47
Opened 1947
Closed 2014
Demolished 2015
MTK Budapest

Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion was a stadium in Budapest, Hungary.[1][2] The stadium was opened on 1947 and it served as the home for the MTK Budapest FC until 2014. In 2015 the stadium was demolished, and a completely new arena was built between 2015-16, named Hidegkuti Nándor Stadium.



During the World War II the original MTK stadium was damaged, therefore a new stadium had to be built. Between 1945 and 1947 MTK played their home matches at their rivals' stadiums, namely Ferencváros and Újpest. In 1953 a concrete edge was built around the running tracks.


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

In May 2015 the demolition of the main stand started.[5]

Milestone matches[edit]

Other uses[edit]


Metallica playing at the MTK stadium in 1988

The American thrash metal band Metallica began their Damaged Justice tour at the stadium on September 11, 1988.

Film location[edit]

The stadium was used in the 1981 football film Escape to Victory, about Allied prisoners of war interned in a German prison camp during World War II who play an exhibition match against a German team.[6][7]

Photo gallery[edit]


  1. ^ "Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion". Stadium Database. 10 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Hungária körúti stadion". Magyar Futball. 10 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Megkezdődött a Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion Bontása". MTK Budapest's Official Website. 6 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "NB I: megkezdődött az MTK-stadion bontása - képek". Nemzeti Sport. 6 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "New construction: The art of demolition in Budapest". StadiumDB. 11 May 2015. 
  6. ^ {{cite directed by John Hustonweb|url=https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083284/%7Ctitle=Victory%7Cdate=12 December 2014|publisher=IMDb}}
  7. ^ "The Escape to Victory Website". Escapetovictory.spodrum.co.uk. 12 December 2014. 

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