Kazakhstan Sport Palace
|Kazakhstan Sport Palace|
|Opened||March 6, 2001|
|Capacity||5,532 (ice hockey)|
|Barys Astana (KHL) (2001-present)
Nomad Astana (KAZ) (2009-present)
Snezhnye Barsy (MHL) (2011-present)
HC Astana (KAZ) (2011-present)
2011 Asian Winter Games
Kazakhstan Sport Palace (Kazakh: Қазақстан спорт сарайы; Russian: Дворец спорта Казахстан) is an indoor sporting arena located in Astana, Kazakhstan. It is used to host various indoor events and serves as the home of Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). The arena seats 5,532 spectators.
The sport palace were building from 1999 to 2001. The palace was opened by the president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in March 6, 2001. Kazakhstan Sport Palace is one of the first sport venues in Astana and using for mass sport. The building contains Swimming pool, Health club, Ice hockey rink and many other amateur sports clubs. Until 2008, the hockey arena used for multi-purpose events, as a boxing and basketball events. Nowadays, the arena serves for the home games of the Barys Astana.
The sport palace reconstructed for hosting Men's ice hockey tournament of the 2011 Asian Winter Games. Ice hockey preliminaries actually started two days before the Opening Ceremony of the Games on 30 January. The matches played in the main and newly built minor arena with 1,200 seats. Currently, the minor arena is the home arena for HC Astana of the Kazakhstan Hockey Championship. Also, it using for training and warm-up for Barys Astana team, which play their home games in the main arena.
In 2011, Kontinental Hockey League commissioners declared that arena is one of the worst in the league. The main reason is the little capacity. Barys Astana managers have decided to build the new Barys Arena for 12,000 seats. Arena buliding in the left side of the city, behind Astana Arena. The new Barys's home arena will open in the first decade of 2015.
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