The Debrecen Főnix Hall will be renovated for the Hungarian-Slovakian men’s handball European Championship in 2022.
According to László Papp (Fidesz-KDNP), the facility was built for the 2002 World Tournament Championship and has hosted many international competitions over the past 17 years, most recently the European Short Track Speed Skating Championships in January.
In addition to repairing and painting the exterior façade, a the interior will be renovated as well including the water blocks, dressing rooms, mechanical equipment, and ventilation technology. The arena will also receive new loudspeaker and visual equipment system, energy-efficient LED lighting. An entrance system and a camera network complying with international regulations will also be installed for the European Championship.
The reconstruction does not include any extension, so it will continue to have 6,500 seats at sports events, while for concerts the hall can accommodate about eight thousand guests at a time.
Renovation is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2021, after which the trial run can begin. HUF 2.5 billion will be spent on the renovation of Debrecen Főnxi Hall.