Alau Ice Palace

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Alau Ice Palace
Alau Ice Palace Logo.png
Alau Ice Place 2014-03-15.JPG
View from the entrance of the Astana Arena.
Location 47, Qabanbay Batyr ave.
Astana, Kazakhstan
Coordinates 51°6′17″N 71°24′18″E / 51.10472°N 71.40500°E / 51.10472; 71.40500Coordinates: 51°6′17″N 71°24′18″E / 51.10472°N 71.40500°E / 51.10472; 71.40500
Built 2007–2011
Opened 2011
Surface Ice
Architect VL Architects
General contractor Sembol Construction
Capacity 8,000
Website www.alau.info
Tenants
2011 Asian Winter Games

The Alau Ice Palace (Kazakh: «Алау» мұзайдыны сарайы; Russian: Ледовый дворец «Алау») is an 8,000-seat speed skating oval in Astana, Kazakhstan. It was opened in 2011. The center hosted the speed skating events at the 2011 Asian Winter Games.[1] It was ranked first among the world’s speed skating stadiums according to the Dutch AD Sportwereld publication’s ranking.[2]

History[edit]

Construction of The Oval began in 2007, nearly four years after Astana and Almaty had been designated host of the 2011 Asian Winter Games. Construction was completed by the end of the summer of 2011, officially opening in December 2011, two months before the beginning of the Games. The Alau Ice Palace was designed as the first covered speed skating oval in Kazakhstan, and as the second ever speed skating venue after Medeo. Being domed, this would give the facility the ability to control climate conditions inside to produce the highest quality ice possible.[3] The Alau is an artificially frozen indoor skating rink with a standard speed skating track of 400 meters to the lap. The radii of the inner and outer competition lanes are 26 and 30 meters respectively. The width of each competition lane is 4 meters with an inside training lane of 4 meters.[4]

When not hosting speed skating competitions, The Oval is open to public skating and family day events.[5][6]

Track Records[edit]

Alau Ice Palace during the 2013–14 ISU Speed Skating World Cup competitions.
Men
Event. Time Name Nation Date Ref
500 meters 34.89 Mo Tae-bum  South Korea November 25, 2011 [7]
2 x 500 meters 70.000 Joji Kato  Japan February 2, 2011 [7]
1,000 meters 1:08.85 Stefan Groothuis  Netherlands November 27, 2011 [7]
1,500 meters 1:45.69 Wouter Olde Heuvel  Netherlands November 25, 2011 [7]
3,000 meters 3:39.36 Wouter Olde Heuvel  Netherlands November 26, 2011 [7]
5,000 meters 6:13.83 Sven Kramer  Netherlands November 26, 2011 [7]
10,000 meters 12:50.40 Jorrit Bergsma  Netherlands December 2, 2012 [7]
Women
Event Time Name Nation Date Ref
500 meters 37.78 Lee Sang-hwa  South Korea November 25, 2011 [7]
2 x 500 meters 76.090 Yu Jing  China February 2, 2011 [7]
1,000 meters 1:14.81 Christine Nesbitt  Canada November 27, 2011 [7]
1,500 meters 1:56.10 Christine Nesbitt  Canada November 26, 2011 [7]
3,000 meters 4:03.28 Martina Sáblíková  Czech Republic November 25, 2011 [7]
5,000 meters 7:00.75 Martina Sáblíková  Czech Republic December 1, 2012 [7]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Alau Ice Palace". Alau.info. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ "The best if the world!" (in Russian). Alau.info. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ ""Alau" – a new forge for records". Alau.info. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Venue of the Competition". Skating.kz. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Mass skating". Alau.info. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ Moldir Nurazkhan. "Entertainment in Astana". KazakhWorld.com. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Speed Skating". Alau Track Records. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 

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