Built in 1979. During the 1980 Summer Olympics hosted wrestling and fencing competitions. After that, the venue hosted the Soviet Top League matches, various tournaments in track and field athletics and other sports, concerts.
In 2003, the complex was completely renovated. The center has a 200-metre (656-foot) running track with banked turns, straight tracks for sprinting, sectors for long and high jumping, warm-up area, ten different gym halls. Next to the arena in the same building there is a football field with artificial turf.
The complex hosts major national and international athletics competitions, such as Kubok Nadezhdy (Hope Cup), Russkaya Zima (Russian winter).