Főnix Arena of Debrecen
Opened in 2002, the Főnix Arena is Hungary’s second largest multi-purpose arena, with a capacity of approximately eight thousand people during concerts, six thousand and five hundred people during sport events.
The hall has already hosted a number of international sporting events, including the World and European Gymnastics Championships. Even ice has appeared “magically” in the hall with the World Hockey and Short Track Speed Skating Championships and the World Junior Figure Skating and Ice Dancing Championships. More than 2,000 fans visited the 2013 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships, while in 2016, 174 contestants from 44 countries went on the ice at the World Junior Figure Skating and Ice Dancing Championships. In 2020, a crowded audience enjoyed the European Short Track Speed Skating Championships.
In addition to the sporting events, world-famous performers have also visited the Főnix Arena. Artists hosted by the venue include David Copperfield, Joe Cocker, Bryan Adams, Lenny Kravitz, the Ballet Company of Győr, Paco de Lucía, and Michael Flatley.
The facility has recently undergone a major refurbishment, as a result whereof the lighting fixtures have been replaced, the civil engineering, security, alarm, and fire alarm systems have been upgraded, the cloakroom capacity has been extended to allow faster access, sanitary blocks, locker rooms, premium boxes, and buffets have been refurbished, and old coverings and the facade have been renovated.