Baluan Sholak Sports Palace

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Baluan Sholak Sports Palace
Балуан Шолақ атындағы спорт сарайы
Location Almaty, Kazakhstan
Capacity 5,000
Opened 1967
Renovated 2009–2011

The Baluan Sholak Sports Palace (Kazakh: Балуан Шолақ атындағы спорт сарайы) is a Palace of Sports in Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan. It was built in 1967[1] and extensively renovated in 2009–2011.[2] It is named after Baluan Sholak, a celebrated Kazakh composer, singer, poet, dombra player, dzhigit and wrestler.


The renovation was undertaken in preparation for the 2011 Asian Winter Games,[2] for staging the hockey, short track and figure skating events.[3] The closing ceremony of the Games was also held in the Palace. The number of seats was increased to 5000, and support facilities such as gyms, locker rooms and a press centre were added,[4] as well as a medical and rehabilitation complex, commentator booths and electronic displays. The plan also included multi-storey parking for 850 cars.


Events held in the Palace of Culture and Sports have included:

The building is also a venue for live concerts and entertainment.[6][7]


  1. ^ Тимур Амиров. "Певец и борец Балуан Шолак (The singer and fighter Baluan Sholak)" (in Russian). Neonomad. Archived from the original on 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  2. ^ a b Асхат АХМЕТБЕКОВ (14 January 2011). "Спортсменов привезут на стройку?". Информационно-аналитический портал РЕСПУБЛИКА. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  3. ^ "Назарбаеву показали дворец спорта в Алматы (видео)". NUR KZ. 14 July 2010. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  4. ^ "Обновленный Дворец спорта им. Балуана Шолака - лучшее место для проведения церемонии закрытия Азиатских игр 2011 - Алматинская дирекция Азиады". 20 July 2010. Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  5. ^ "Judo World Masters Almaty, 2012" (PDF). 30 November 2011. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 
  6. ^ "Популярная певица Ёлка выступит в Алматы на сцене Дворца спорта им. Балуана Шолака". Retrieved 2012-04-25. 
  7. ^ "KOREAN MUSIC CONCERT IN ALMATY". Retrieved 2012-04-25.