Balázs Fürjes says Budapest's venues would lead to an accessible Olympics and Paralympics ©Budapest 2024

Balázs Fürjes, chairman of Budapest's bid for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics, believes that the Hungarian capital's chosen venues would lead to "truly accessible" editions of both Games.

The Budapest City Council approved a list of venues should their bid be successful this week, with a new 60,000-capacity stadium for athletics the headline attraction.

A velodrome and a tennis complex with a 10,000-seater main court would also be built from scratch, while the under-construction Ferenc Puskas Stadium, due to host matches at the Euro 2020 Championships, will stage football finals.

Most other venues would be temporary, with capacity at the athletics stadium reduced to 15,000 after the Games.

Sailing and open water swimming would be held on Lake Balaton, 135 kilometres to the south-west of Budapest, with golf also held close to the lake.

Budapest hope that the close proximity of most of their venues to their Olympic Village will be a strong advantage in their bid. 

"This approach – with 23 venues hosting 22 sports and 31 disciplines within a 10 kilometres radius of the Olympic Village – is intended to create a concentration of Games experience that will make for a truly accessible edition of the Olympics," Fürjes, Deputy Mayor of Budapest,said.

"This is designed to optimise conditions – as well as the spectacle and the richness of the Games experience – for athletes and spectators alike.

"The venues are a combination of new and existing sites as well as temporary and permanent facilities.

"The decision behind the choice of venues was driven by considerations of long term use, legacy and the desire to utilise Budapest’s unique qualities as a sporting host city – we wanted to exploit the compactness together with the festival culture of urban Budapest to make the Games a continuous Olympic celebration for the public.

"The Games will also give Budapest, uniquely at this important moment in the city’s rebirth, the opportunity to renew the physical infrastructure of the city for the long term benefit of the people of Hungary.

"For us, the venue and Games concept is genuinely instrumental in the city’s long term sustainable development plan.”

Budapest has proposed several venues near to the River Danube
Budapest has proposed several venues near to the River Danube ©Getty Images

Budapest has also opted to make use of the River Danube, which flows through the city, as part of an attempt to create aesthetically pleasing venues. 

“We have chosen to concentrate a number of venues along the Danube, designed to provide a spectacular backdrop for the Games while at the same time supporting the development of the waterfront," Fürjes added.

"We have been careful in ensuring that the construction of new venues directly contributes to the city's long term planning objectives.

"The plan also includes a number of temporary venues where there is no legacy requirement, ensuring that we meet our exacting sustainability targets for the project.”

Budapest is up against Los Angeles, Paris and Rome in the race for the 2024 Games, with the International Olympic Committee due to elect a host at its Session in Lima next year.

The Hungarian campaign has, however, been fighting against calls for a referendum to decide on whether their bid should continue.

Hungary's Supreme Court, the Curia, rejected the move but calls have been made by three opposition parties.

Hamburg's 2024 bid was withdrawn after a failed referendum in November.