Olympic Stadium (Moscow)

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This article is about the indoor facility. For the main 1980 Moscow Olympic stadium, see Luzhniki Stadium.
"Olimpiisky" redirects here. For Olimpiysky in Kiev, see Olimpiysky National Sports Complex. For Olimpiyskiy in Donetsk, see RSC Olimpiyskiy.
Olimpiysky
Olympic Stadium (Moscow).jpg
Location Moscow, Russia
Coordinates 55°46′52″N 37°37′35″E / 55.78111°N 37.62639°E / 55.78111; 37.62639Coordinates: 55°46′52″N 37°37′35″E / 55.78111°N 37.62639°E / 55.78111; 37.62639
Capacity 25,000 (concerts)
22,000 (sports)
35,000 (total)
Opened 1980
Tenants
Kremlin Cup (ATP 250) (WTA Premier)
(1990-present)
Commonwealth of Independent States Cup (1993-2010, Football)
Euroleague 2004–05 Final Four (Basketball)
2006 Davis Cup Final (Tennis)
2009 Eurovision Song Contest

Olympic Stadium, known locally as the Olimpiyskiy or Olimpiski, is a large indoor arena, located in Moscow, Russia. It was built for the 1980 Summer Olympics and, divided into two separated halls, hosted the basketball and boxing events.[1] A part of the Olimpiyskiy Sports Complex, it makes up one architectural ensemble with another venue, constructed at the same time, the Swimming Pool. The venue is so large, that up to 80,000 people can occupy its space. It has hosted the Davis Cup finals and Bandy World Championships[2] on several occasions, and is the home of the Kremlin Cup tournament. It was the world's first indoor bandy arena. When smaller indoor sports are held at the venue, such as tennis or basketball, only 1/4 of the floor space is used. Capacity at this configuration can vary between 10,000 and 16,000 people.

The arena hosted the 1999 FIBA EuroStars game[3] and the 2005 Euroleague Final Four.[4] The stadium can hold up to 16,000 people for televised events.[5]

In May 2014, the city of Moscow auctioned 65% of shares in the stadium that it previously controlled; oil company ZAO Neftegazprod won the auction, paying 4,672 billion rubles (approximately €100 million).[6]

Events[edit]

Bandy World Championship 1989 (the first indoors) and Bandy World Championship 2008 were played here.

The stadium was the venue for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009.[7]

Russian metal band Aria sold out the arena for its 25 Anniversary concert. Aria ex-members were the opening bands.[8]

Roger Waters performed a sold out show during The Wall Live Tour on 23 April 2011. The show was attended by the likes of Konstanin Nikolsky, Andrey Makarevich and David Tukhmanov. The spectacle was the most expensive show staged on Russian soil.

Paul McCartney performed during his On the Run Tour on 14 December 2011, 8 years after his first live performance in Russia, which took place in Red Square, during his Back in the World Tour on 24 May 2003.

Madonna performed during the MDNA Tour on 7 August 2012, causing controversy to have discoursed about the LGBT rights in Russia.

The 2013 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships were held in the stadium between 17–23 April 2013.

Green Day's performance, during their 99 Revolutions Tour on 21 June 2013, marks their very first live performance in Russia.

Mylène Farmer performed during Mylène Farmer en tournée on July 1, 2009 and during Timeless 2013 on November 1, 2013.

Thirty Seconds to Mars performed during LoveLustFaith+Dreams Tour on March 16,2014

See also[edit]

References[edit]

The central court of the 2009 Kremlin Cup in the Olympic Stadium

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Montreal Forum
Montreal
Olympic Basketball tournament
Final Venue

1980
Succeeded by
The Forum
Los Angeles
Preceded by
Exhibition Hall
Düsseldorf
Davis Cup
Final Venue

1994 - 1995
Succeeded by
Mässan Hall
Malmö
Preceded by
Max Schmeling Halle
Berlin
FIBA Euro All star game
Venue

1999
Succeeded by
Final Venue
Preceded by
Palacio de Congresos de Maspalomas
Fed Cup
Final Four venue

2003
Succeeded by
Krylatskoe Sport Palace
Preceded by
Yad Eliyahu Sports Hall
Tel Aviv
Euroleague
Final Four
Venue

2005
Succeeded by
Sazka Arena
Prague
Preceded by
Sibamac Arena
Bratislava
Davis Cup
Final Venue

2006
Succeeded by
Memorial Coliseum
Portland
Preceded by
Budapest Sports Arena
Budapest
IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics
Venue

2006
Succeeded by
Luis Puig Palace
Valencia