Stadiums and sports complexes

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Traditionally, when the Kazan Arena stadium is closed, Rubin Football Club's matches are held here. The Ulyanov-Lenin Central Stadium was built in 1960, and at one stage the Uritsky Sports Club (now Ak Bars) trained here. In 2005 and 2012, the stadium underwent partial reconstruction.

Football matches in Russia's Premiere League, the League of Champions and the European League are held here, as well as light athletics tournaments, including Universiade-2013. The Rubin club shop also operates at the stadium.

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The home arena of the Ak Bars hockey club was built in 2005 and opened with a concert performance by Scorpions (for gigs, the palace transforms into a venue with a capacity of 10,400 people). Four months later the first hockey match was held here. There are in fact two arenas here: the main arena and a training arena. You get an excellent view of the action from anywhere at the venue, and there is also a video cube housed under the palace's dome. The stadium has buffets and a restaurant with a view of the Kazanka River.

The facility also features a skating rink – you should check its schedule in advance, as it is adjusted around hockey matches and concerts.

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Built for Universiade-2013, this sports complex hosts mini-football, swimming, scuba-diving, water polo, basketball, football and floorball events. The indoor pool facility has an area of 11,000 square metres (118,403 square feet) with a 50 metres x 25 metres (164 feet x 82 feet) pool. Training sessions for the water sports world championships were held here in 2015. The football stadium is open-air.

In addition to all this, there is a universal sports hall with an area of 4,000 square metres (43,056 feet), where mini-football, handball and boxing training sessions are held. There are also two gyms, a martial arts hall with a boxing ring, a "dry swimming" hall, and a hall for basketball and volleyball players.

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The home arena for the UNICS basketball club, it opened in 2002, when the Maly (Small) Hall began operating. A year later, the Bolshoi (Large) Arena was opened. Similar basket halls can now be found in Kaliningrad and Krasnodar – in Kazan, they insist that in their shape they are similar to the traditional Tartar "tyubeteika" form of headwear.

The Arena has participated in events such as the Final Four FIBA-Europe League and the Light Athletics European Championship, as well as federal-level matches and events in volleyball, gymnastics, field athletics, badminton and mixed martial arts. Concerts are on occasion staged here, with performances by bands such as A-ha, Deep Purple and the Russian rockers DDT. Also home to the Premiere restaurant.

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This race track was built in Tatarstan in 2006, having been designed by Hermann Tilke, a racing driver and a man who has created several Formula 1 venues. Reconstruction works were carried out in 2010. The track has a length of 3,476 metres (11,404 feet), with a dozen corners. Drivers reach maximum speeds of 230 kilometres (143 miles) per hour.

The Canyon is a popular venue, having hosted competitions in the Russian series of ringroad races, the RSBK International Motorcycling series, the Russian Drift series, and the Open Championship of the Republic of Tatarstan.

Visitors can stay at the Dubai guest house complex, or travel to the track from Kazan, which is about an hour away.

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Among the Tartars, whose ancestors almost literally spent their entire lives in the saddle, horses are deeply loved. Horse-breeding arose in Tatarstan in the 18th century, and its traditions were preserved after the 1917 Revolution. The new hippodrome – the largest in Russia – was opened in 2005 on Prospekt Kamaleyeva (Kamaleyeva Avenue), on the site of the city's former airport. The complex occupies 91.1 hectares, including a hurdles track with a length of 1.8 kilometre (1.1 mile) and a race track with bends with a length of 1.6 kilometre (1 miles). Horses are also stabled and trained here. Riding skills are taught at the Complex, and you can take individual lessons. You can also take a ride in a white carriage driven by white horses – a popular option among brides and bridegrooms.

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Built in 2009 for the World Student Games, the Palace also hosted the tenth Russian Taekwondo Association World Championship, the Russian Taekwondo championship and tournament, the ballroom dancing world championship, Koresh belt-wrestling championships and other competitions. Judo, Graeco-Roman wrestling,free wrestling, belt wrestling, Sambo, Koresh, Aikido, Kendo, Ushu and boxing groups train here, among many other martial arts. It also has a training hall and a rehabilitation centre with saunas, hydro procedures and a pool. You can also play table tennis and badminton at the facility.

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The home arena of the Zenit and Dynamo Kazan clubs. Since its opening in 2009, matches in the League of Champions have been hosted here. As well as the main and smaller arenas, there are training halls.

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The training territory here is natural, formed by Sredny Kaban Lake, which has an area of 119 hectares. There are six racing lanes for academic rowing, and nine for canoeing. The sports complex also has training halls, a year-round rowing pool, the Regata hotel complex with room for 199 guests, and a restorative centre with a pool. The national rowing team of the Republic of Tatarstan trains here, and training is also held for juniors. Key events hosted at the venue include the Student Rowing and Canoeing World Championships and, of course, Universiade-2013.

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The Academy, which hosted the draw for the FIFA 2017 Confederation Cup, has 26 courts: eight indoor courts with "hard" surfaces and 18 open-air courts, for the most part with "hard" surfaces, and four clay courts. During training sessions, four courts are used which are turned into a single large court for competitions. The stands have a capacity of 3,000 people. Spectators can also watch the matches in the stands of the open-air show court and in the training hall. There is a sports equipment shop, café and bar. Since its opening in 2009, the Academy has played host to various competitions, including Universiade-2013 and a stage in the Davis Cup between the Russian and Brazilian men's teams.

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The Palace was built to host Universiade-2013, but today it is part of the Povolzhsky Academy of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism. Currently swimming, synchronized swimming, diving and water polo tournaments are held at the venue. Thanks to an adjustable bottom, the depth in the racing and diving pool (50 metres x 25 metres (164 feet x 82 feet)) can be altered, and it can even be entirely raised, allowing it to be turned into an arena for martial arts, say. Ozonation rather than chlorine is used to clean the water, and there are additional two pools for training and for parents and toddlers.

As well as water sports, the venue hosts boxing, sports and ballroom dancing, Ushu, chess and yoga practitioners. Apart from the Universiade and the World Water Sports Championships, the Palace has hosted scuba diving, short course swimming and synchronized swimming tournaments, as well as many other events. The Republic's Aquatica children's and youth sports school is based at the Palace, as well as an adaptive school for disabled children.

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It was in Kazan, that the first football stadium was built especially for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It has already been tested in hosting Universiade-2013 and the 2015 Water Sports World Championship, when it was turned into a massive pool.

The stadium was designed by Populous, which had previously worked on London's Wembley Stadium. The Kazan Arena occupies a territory of 28 hectares, including 3,000 square metres (32,292 square feet) of parking. A particular source of pride at the facility is the world's largest media facade, with an area of 3,700 square metres (39,827 square feet). As well as sports events, there are numerous entertainments on offer here: the Zarnitsa educational science centre, the Kidspace children's professions "city," bars, a restaurant, a fitness club with pool, the District7 games centre, the CrossFit Pioneer sports club, a beauty salon for kids, and even a hotel, the Stadium. There are plans for a sports goods and souvenir shop and a museum for the Rubin Football Club, the stadium being its home ground.