The European Handball Federation has confirmed that the Hungarian capital of Budapest will retain the hosting rights for the Women’s EHF Final4 until 2024.
The Women’s Final4, which sees the semi-finals, third-place play-off and final of European handball’s Champions League played across one weekend in a single venue, has been held in Budapest’s Papp László Sportaréna since 2014.
The new agreement ensures that the Women’s Final4 and the Papp László Sportaréna will celebrate ten years of collaboration in 2024 – the same landmark that the EHF men’s Champions League reached this year, with the 10th edition of the Final4 at Cologne’s Lanxess Arena.
“We are looking forward to continuing the excellent partnership with the Hungarian Handball Federation,” said David Szlezak, managing director of EHF Marketing. “The extension of the contract until 2024 gives us a fresh perspective for the event, as a new 20,000-capacity arena will be built in Budapest, offering even more possibilities for fans and partners.”
SportBusiness named Szlezak as one of our trailblazers for the sport industry in 2019, following a successful 2018 in which he oversaw the creation of a joint-venture with Infront and DAZN that landed EHF Marketing a €600m windfall over ten years, including the media and marketing rights for the Champions League and Women’s Champions League.
The news also further cements Budapest’s burgeoning reputation as a major events host. The city was recently confirmed as the venue for the finals of the International Tennis Federation’s revamped Fed Cup competition in 2020, and in September will host the inaugural GAISF World Urban Games.