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.
Location47, Kabanbay Batyr ave.
Astana, Kazakhstan
Coordinates51°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
ArchitectVL Architects
General contractorSembol Construction
2011 Asian Winter Games
2015 World Sprint Speed Skating Championships
2015 World Judo Championships

The Alau Ice Palace (Kazakh: Alau Muzaidyny Saraiy) is an 8,000-seat speed skating oval in Astana, Kazakhstan. As well as speed skating it is also used for other sports. It was opened in 2011. The center hosted the speed skating events at the 2011 Asian Winter Games.[1] In 2015, it hosted the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships.[2] It was ranked first among the world’s speed skating stadiums according to the Dutch AD Sportwereld publication’s ranking.[3]

For judo it was the venue for the 2015 World Judo Championships in August 2015 and for ice speedway it hosted final 1 of the 2018 Individual Ice Racing World Championship.[4]


Construction of The Oval began in 2007, nearly four years after Astana and Almaty had been designated hosts 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 artificially frozen speed skating venue after Medeu. Being domed, this would give the facility the ability to control climate conditions inside to produce the highest quality ice possible.[5] 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.[6]

When not hosting speed skating competitions, The Oval is open to public skating and family day events.[7][8]

It has also hosted national youth championships in rink bandy.[9]

Track records[edit]

Alau Ice Palace during the 2013–14 ISU Speed Skating World Cup competitions.
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Event. Time Name Nation Date Ref
500 meters 34.52 Dai Dai Ntab  Netherlands December 3, 2016 [10]
2 x 500 meters 70.000 Joji Kato  Japan February 2, 2011 [10]
1,000 meters 1:08.66 Shani Davis  United States November 30, 2013 [10]
1,500 meters 1:45.06 Denis Yuskov  Russia November 29, 2013 [10]
3,000 meters 3:39.36 Wouter olde Heuvel  Netherlands November 26, 2011 [10]
5,000 meters 6:13.83 Sven Kramer  Netherlands November 26, 2011 [10]
10,000 meters 12:50.40 Jorrit Bergsma  Netherlands December 2, 2012 [10]
Event Time Name Nation Date Ref
500 meters 37.27 Lee Sang-hwa  South Korea November 29, 2013 [10]
2 x 500 meters 76.090 Yu Jing  China February 2, 2011 [10]
1,000 meters 1:14.10 Brittany Bowe  United States February 28, 2015 [10]
1,500 meters 1:56.10 Christine Nesbitt  Canada November 26, 2011 [10]
3,000 meters 4:02.90 Martina Sáblíková  Czech Republic December 2, 2016 [10]
5,000 meters 6:59.88 Martina Sáblíková  Czech Republic November 29, 2013 [10]


  1. ^ "About Alau Ice Palace". Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  2. ^ Dmitry Lee (3 March 2015). "Alau Ice Palace Hosts World Sprint Skating Championship, Kazakh Skaters Fail to Reach Podium". The Astana Times. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  3. ^ "The best if the world!" (in Russian). Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  4. ^ Ice Speedway World Championship to be hosted by Astana
  5. ^ ""Alau" – a new forge for records". Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  6. ^ "Venue of the Competition". Retrieved November 19, 2013.
  7. ^ "Mass skating". Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  8. ^ Moldir Nurazkhan. "Entertainment in Astana". Retrieved March 16, 2014.
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  10. ^ 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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