A Metro station of Moscow’s 3rd Transfer Loop, currently being built close to Khodynskoye Polye, stands to be named CSKA after the capital’s celebrated sports club, welcome2018.com was told by deputy mayor of Moscow for social development Leonid Pechatnikov, who heads the commission for the naming neighbourhoods, streets and Metro stations.
"We have considered several proposed named for the new Metro station being built close to Khodynskoye Polye, and most of us have voted to name it “CSKA”,” Pechatnikov said. “Moscow government is now working on a draft resolution to name the Metro station, provisionally named Khodynskoye Polye, CSKA. The commission is also mindful of the uncomfortable memories of 1896 in connection with Khodynskoye Polye, when there was a stampede there and some people died.”
An official edict on the naming may be issued in the next three weeks, according to Pechatnikov. “I would like to stress, specifically, that we are not speaking of a renaming in this case, but of a naming. The station in question has had no official name attached to it,” he said, adding that the station’s interior decorations will be themed to reflect CSKA’s achievements in sports, and the role of its athletes who fought against the Nazis in the Great Patriotic War.
Pechatnikov recalled that, not so long before, the office of the Mayor of Moscow, Sergei Sobianin, had received a petition from a group of CSKA veterans and fans, asking him to award the name CSKA to one of the new Metro stations, contending that Moscow already had Metro stations named after the sports clubs Dinamo and Spartak. The petition came with upwards of 8,000 signatures in support.