Opened on October 17, 1979, for the 1980 Summer Olympics.
Home arena of CSKA basketball and mini-football clubs. The sports complex houses the office of CSKA professional basketball club. During the matches of the Euroleague, the arena welcomed practically all the strongest basketball club teams in Europe. In addition, the venue hosted the volleyball competition at the 1980 Summer Olympics and the World League, Euroleague Women, the Greco-Roman Wrestling World Cup, the Defense Ministry Judo Cup and other competitions.
In August 2005, outstanding basketball coach Alexander Gomelsky, passed away and the complex was named in his honour, the plaque was unveiled in October 2016.