Stadiums and sports complexes

The second most important stadium of FIFA World Cup 2018, located in St. Petersburg, will play the principal role in the FIFA Confederation Cup 2017, as it will host the opening and the final matches, and three games of the group stage.

The stadium was built in the western part of Krestovsky Island in place of the former Sergei Kirov Stadium. Travel to the stadium is convenient as the highway bridge, connecting the island with the southern shore of Primorsky District.

After construction is completed, the stadium designed by the Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, became one of Europe’s most technologically advanced athletic venues. Among other things, St. Petersburg Stadium have a special sliding roof that can be opened or closed in a matter of 15 minutes, and a special pull-out field for organization of mass cultural events.

The stadium have a seat capacity of about 80,000 people, it became Russia’s second largest after Luzhniki. The total area of the arena is almost 288,000 sq.m.

Lokomotiv is a recently renovated large stadium which is part of an even greater sports complex, expansively built during the Soviet era, which includes a 6000-square metre field and some running tracks. You can see track-and-fielders and tennis players train and compete here. Lokomotiv hosts varied sports events: football games and other competitions, such as the international Sports of Generations Games 2016. Lokomotiv conforms to UEFA guidelines on stadium infrastructure.

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The water sports centre houses two professional pools. One is for swimming. It is sized 54x25 metres and has spectator stalls with seating for up to 1000. The other is for water polo, synchronous swimming and diving. It is a little smaller, but the stalls accommodate as many as 1500 spectators. Nevskaya Volna (Neva Wave) hosts competitions in swimming, water polo, sync swimming and diving on a regular basis. A sports school operates on the premises.

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Krestovsky Island has been the scene of boat racing competitions for hundreds of years. Peter I founded Nevsky Flot – an institution tasked with “teaching the subjects to love the sea and to have no fear of it” – here in 1718. Strela Rowing Club, which usually shows off its rowing skills and racing excellence on Grebnoy Canal – was founded in 1864. It was named after the Arrow (Strela) – an English boat registered at the St. Petersburg port.

Competitions in rowing and canoeing, triathlon, motor boating, sailing and rowing slalom are usually held under the club’s patronage in the western part of Grebnoy Canal.

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Dinamo once was Leningrad’s main arena. In 1942, in the middle of the arduous Siege of Leningrad, FC Dinamo played Leningrad Metal Works here in a momentous match that meant a lot to the people of Leningrad. While Dinamo no longer plays a pivotal role in the city’s sports life, it continues to host diverse sports events. Leather Football 2016, the local youth football tournament, took place here earlier this year.

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A product of the Soviet penchant for grandeur, Yubileiny was built at the end of the 1960s, and received its name in honour of the 50th jubilee of Soviet power. The sports palace was a gift to Leningrad from the Trade Union Federation, which initiated and sponsored the construction.

The cable-suspended roofing technology was used for the first time on Yubileiny. The complex, which seats 6,000 spectators, continues to be used as a sports arena 50 years on, hosting competitions in diverse sports, from hockey to handball. Teams of the Youth Hockey League usually play Yubileiny’s small arena.

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Mototrek was a top-notch motor sports facility for training and international racing competitions when it was built in the mid-1960s on the site of a former dump in Sosnovka Park, which a group of motor sports enthusiasts had cleaned up in the 1950s, when motor sports were all the rage.

The track still hosts serious auto races, motorbike races and go-carting lessons for kids. The track is 400 metres long. There is a variety of motor sports training courses attached to the stadium, as well as a car service station.

This new sports complex in the north of St. Petersburg comprises a football stadium, a few football fields, a game court, beach arena, cross-fit gym, some restaurants, spa centre and a large health club.

The football pitch at Nova Arena is sized 100 by 64 metres. It has a heated artificial lawn and uses two goal sizes: 5х5 and 8х8 metres. It is equipped with a state-of-the-art score display. The spectator stalls seat 1200. Nova Arena hosts competitions in many different sports on a regular basis.

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Ice Palace is a mixed-use sports and amusement complex built specially for the 2000 Ice Hockey World Cup. It hosts many other sports competitions besides ice hockey: figure skating, boxing, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, dance and gymnastics. Big-name international artists perform at Ice Palace from time to time. The stalls seat 12,300.

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Sibur Arena is a mixed-use sports and concert complex standing amid a scenic park on Krestovsky Island.

The island is gradually turning into a sports neighbourhood with a track and field arena, cycle track and the new FC Zenit stadium currently under construction, in addition to Sibur.

Sibur’s large arena seats 7120 spectators. The Spartak basketball club, which was formerly domiciled here, has been replaced by BC Zenit. Sibur hosts competitions of the handball Euro League, and was the venue of the Martial Arts World Championship a few years ago.

There is a café and a hotel on the premises. Free parking is available. Sibur Arena is equipped to stage competitions for athletes with disabilities.