World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023: All You Need To Know

The the nineteenth edition of the World Athletics Championships, are scheduled to be held from 19 to 27 August 2023 at the National Athletics Centre, in Budapest, Hungary.

49 events will be held, on this big stage up until 27 August 2023.

This year’s Games will be opened by the President of Hungary Katalin Éva Veresné Novák.

These are the first World Athletics Championships to be held in Hungary. The city of Budapest had recently expressed an interest to host the 2007 Big showdowns, but pulled out and was ultimately held in Osaka.

The championships will be held in the National Athletics Centre in Budapest, which was specially built for this event, and has a provisional capacity of 36,000.


Exactly days before the start of the competition, the starting pistol has been fired and the race has begun for athletics fans to buy their tickets and packages for the biggest sporting event in Hungary’s history, the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23.

From 19 to 27 August 2023, the competition will take place over nine days and will feature the world’s best athletes in Budapest, one of the most spectacular cities in Europe. This is the first time that the World Athletics Championships will be held in central Europe, giving Hungarian fans and audiences in neighbouring countries their best chance to “Witness the Wonder” of this amazing event.

Over nine days, there will be nine evening and five morning sessions in the brand-new, purpose-built National Athletics Centre and five more opportunities to see the road races in the World Heritage centre of Budapest, where spectators will be able to cheer on the athletes in the marathon and race walking events.

The slogan of the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23 is “Witness the Wonder”, because nothing compares to the experience of live athletics at the highest level. It is a magical experience to see the best athletes in the world perform in person.

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There are tickets available for all budgets, starting from $7 for morning sessions and $16 for evening sessions, with Category 1 tickets for the closest seats to the races on a weekend evening costing around $60.

Weekday evening ticket prices range from $16 to $44.*

Weekend evening ticket prices: from $21 to $54.*

Ticket prices in the morning: $7*

Three types of packages are available, one for the first weekend and one for the second weekend, the latter being a three-day package with the addition of Friday. The third package is valid for all days of the World Championships.

Flying start – opening weekender package (19-20 Aug, 2 days): $53-116*

Final weekend – Cheer them home package (25-26-27 Aug, 3 days): $73-168*

All in – Superheroes package (19-27 Aug, 9 days): $174-410*

Thousands of spectators are expected to witness the World Athletics Championships.

The magic begins on the very first day of competition (Saturday, 19 August) when the strong men of athletics take to the field in the shot put, a contest that could be decided by only a few centimetres. between world-class shot putters, Ryan Crouser, Joe Kovacs and Tom Walsh.

On Sunday evening (20 August), the programme features the fastest men on earth in the men’s 100 metres and the best male endurance runners in the men’s 10 000 metres final.

Monday evening (21 August) features the women’s 100 metres semi-finals and final, perhaps with the three fantastic Jamaican sprinters, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shericka Jackson.

This session could also feature four current world record holders in four different events. Sydney McLaughlin in the women’s 400m hurdles heats, Karsten Warholm in the men’s 400m hurdles semi-finals, Yulimar Rojas in the women’s triple jump final and Grant Holloway (60mH WR) in the men’s 110m hurdles semi-finals and final.

Anybody who wants to relive one of the best moments of the Tokyo Olympic games should buy a ticket for the men’s high jump final on Tuesday (22 August), where friends and rivals Gianmarco Tamberi and Mutaz Essa Barshim are due to compete again for a gold medal.

Day 5 (23 August) could mark the start of an incredible double if Olympic and world champion Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone decides to take on both the 400 metres and 400 metres hurdles.

Thursday night (24 August) may offer a chance to see world records as this session features the finals in the women’s 100 metres and 400 metres hurdles, events in which both these world records were broken at this year’s World Championships in Oregon.

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On the final weekend there will be 18 finals in 3 days and a host of fascinating stories. Both 200 metres finals take place on Friday (25 August). On Day 8 (Saturday, 26 August) Armand Duplantis will have another chance to beat his own world record in pole vault in one of the most spectacular events of the World Championships. On these two days we will also see the world’s best relays, and the gladiators of track and field in the men’s decathlon.

The last night (Sunday, 27 August) will feature an amazing array of stars competing in seven finals, including the 4×400 m relays, a possible duel between Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Joshua Cheptegei in the men’s 5000 metres, an equally enthralling rematch in the women’s 800 metres between Athing Mu and Keely Hodgkinson, and the excitements of the women’s high jump and men’s javelin throw.

In addition to the competition on 20 August, all the athletes and visitors can experience a very special celebration to commemorate the foundation of Hungary by the nation’s first king, St Stephen. The highlight of the day will be a spectacular fireworks display launched from bridges and ships on the Danube.

Visa Information For Entering Hungary:

Hungary joined the Schengen Area on December 21, 2007. From that time, visa, and residence permit issued by one of the Member States are valid also for Hungary, and visas/residence permits issued by Hungarian authorities are as a general rule also valid for the entire Schengen Area.

Holders of passports issued by some countries, entities or territories are granted visa-free travel to Hungary.

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