Budapest’s bid for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Friday submitted its stage 2 bid book to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, ahead of the midnight deadline. To mark the occasion the bid committee released CGI renderings of key venues in the plan.
Those images include renderings of the City Park Cluster that encompasses Hero’s Square Stadium for some of the cycling and athletics events and the Liget Beach Volleyball Centre that will host Beach Volleyball.
City Park is set against Art Nouveau architecture and is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site formed by the “Banks of the Danube.” It includes several listed buildings, including the Vajdahunyad Castle, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Széchenyi Thermal Bath.
A rendering of the Mountain Bike Centre, one of five standalone venues in the Budapest proposal, was also distributed Friday. Earlier plans to build a new venue for the event were scrapped and instead an existing site was chosen and recently approved by City Council.
Images were released of the Castle Garden Bazaar, a proposed spectator site for the cycling road racing events. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an historic complex comprised of a collection of nineteenth-century buildings and pleasure gardens.
A statement by the bid said more images of venues will be released in the coming days.
Chairman of the Bid Balázs Fürjes said “while the geography of the city affords us a natural inclination to Agenda 2020, we are always on the lookout for areas where we can improve and refine, reducing costs and strengthening sustainability and legacy.”
“The Budapest Bid has to be right for Hungarians, it has to be right for the IOC and it has to be right for the athletes and fans.”
At an “Olympic Camp” Friday, Budapest Mayor István Tarlós and Fürjes discussed ongoing refinements to the Hungarian Master Plan. These refinements include reducing the Media Villages from four to three and moving Opening and Closing Ceremonies to the Puskás Ferenc Stadium.
A city election committee this week approved a referendum over Budapest’s Olympic plans, but it is expected to be appealed ahead of an October 20 supreme court deadline. If the proposal is upheld, proponents will be required to collect about 140,000 signatures in favour of a referendum within thirty days in order to move forward.
Budapest, along with Los Angeles, Paris and Rome will be required to submit the final candidature file installment by February 3. The IOC will choose a winner September 13.
A senior producer and award-winning journalist covering Olympic bid business as founder of GamesBids.com as well as providing freelance support for print and Web publications around the world. Robert Livingstone is a member of the Olympic Journalists Association and the International Society of Olympic Historians.