Debrecen is the second largest city in Hungary and it has even played the role of capital city in historical periods. Today, it is the capital of the Northern Great Plain region of the country. The “Calvinist Rome” is nowadays most popular for its blossoming culture, superb higher education, and bustling international student life. The city, rich in monuments as well as modern buildings, shopping streets, pubs, and cafes, attracts a lot of attention for its internationally renowned events, too.
Debrecen is surrounded by a semicircle of woodlands on the eastern side. One of the most well-built resort centers in the area is Lake Vekeri, home to the Campus Festival at the end of July each year. Apart from music programs, the festival also offers sports events, movie screenings, and science and arts shows. In the Great Forest area of Debrecen, also called “the lungs of the city,” there is a medicinal thermal bath center called Aquaticum with indoor swimming pools, a covered Mediterranean spa, medical facilities, and special medicinal water for many illnesses.
Debrecen has proven multiple times in the past few years that it is able to host the best athletes in the world in all kinds of sports such as gymnastics, ice hockey, swimming, athletics, skating and last but not least, handball. Its first division women’s teams play in the European Cup and before a full house each time.
The Főnix Arena – which underwent renovation in 2021 – has been one of Hungary’s most used facilities for cultural and sporting events since its opening. The arena’s floor is surrounded by a retractable tribune system on all sides and has excellent facilities. The arena is connected to the neighbouring Imre Hódos Sports Hall via an underground passage, so it can be used for training and warm-ups during major events. The arena has also hosted the Women’s Handball European Championship in 2004 and 2014, while several musicans have performed here (e.g. Joe Cocker, Bryan Adams, Lenny Kravitz, Sting).
Gymnastics World Championship (2002)
Women’s Handball European Championships (2004, 2014)
Gymnastics European Championship (2005)
IHF Ice Hockey Division 1/A World Championships (2004, 2005, 2009)
ISU Short Track World Championship (2013)
FIBA Women’s Basketball European Championship (2015)
IHF Women’s Junior Handball World Championship (2018)
ISU Short Track European Championship (2020)
MEN’S EHF EURO 2022
Opened: 2001 (renovated: 2021)
Maximum capacity: 6,500
Parking spaces (cars): 500
Number of changing rooms for teams: 6
Meeting rooms: 3
VIP capacity: 622