Sport in Saint Petersburg
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The first competition here was the 1703 rowing event initiated by Peter the Great, after the victory over the Swedish fleet. Yachting events were held by the Russian Navy since the foundation of the city. Yacht clubs: St. Petersburg River Yacht Club, Neva Yacht Club, the latter is the oldest yacht club in the world. In the winter, when the sea and lake surfaces are frozen and yachts and dinghies cannot be used, local people sail on ice boats.
Equestrianism has been a long tradition, popular among the Tsars and aristocracy, as well as part of the military training. Several historic sports arenas were built for Equestrianism since the 18th century, to maintain training all year round, such as the Zimny Stadion and Konnogvardeisky Manezh among others.
Chess tradition was highlighted by the 1914 international tournament, in which the title "Grandmaster" was first formally conferred by Russian Tsar Nicholas II to five players: Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Tarrasch and Marshall, and which the Tsar had partially funded.
Kirov Stadium (now demolished) was one of the largest stadiums anywhere in the world, and the home to FC Zenit St. Petersburg in 1950–1989 and 1992. In 1951 the attendance of 110,000 set the record for the Soviet football. Zenit now plays their home games at Petrovsky Stadium.
Saint Petersburg teams
|Zenit St. Petersburg||RFPL||Football||Petrovsky Stadium||1926||1 UEFA Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 3 Russian Championships, 1 USSR Championship|
|Spartak St. Petersburg||PBL||Basketball||Yubileyny Sports Palace||1935||2 Saporta Cups, 1 Russian Cup, 2 USSR Championships, 2 USSR Cups|
|Avtomobilist St. Petesburg||VSL||Volleyball||Platonov Volleyball Academy||1935||2 CEV Cups, 2 Russian Championships, 3 USSR Championships, 2 USSR Cups|
|SKA St. Petersburg||KHL||Ice hockey||Ice Palace||1946||0 Championships|
|Politekh St. Petersburg||MFSL||Futsal||Kalinin District MFOK||1995||0 Championships|
|Petrotrest St. Petersburg||FNL||Football||MSA Petrovsky||2001||1 Second Division Championship|
|SKA-1946 St. Petersburg||MHL||Ice hockey||MSA Yubileyny||2009||0 Championships|
|Serebryanye Lvy||MHL||Ice hockey||Spartak Ice Palace||2010||0 Championships|