Megasport Sport Palace

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Megasport Sport Palace
Megasport Arena
Ice palace in Moscow.JPG
The exterior of Megasport Sport Palace.
Full name Megasport Sport Palace
Former names Khodynka Arena (2006–2007)
Location Khodynka avenue 3 Moscow 125252 , Russia
Coordinates 55°47′12″N 37°32′25″E / 55.78667°N 37.54028°E / 55.78667; 37.54028Coordinates: 55°47′12″N 37°32′25″E / 55.78667°N 37.54028°E / 55.78667; 37.54028
Public transit  7  Polezhayevskaya
 2  Dinamo
 2  Aeroport
 11  CSKA
Capacity Ice Hockey (12,126)[1]
Gymnastics (12,926)[1]
Tennis (13,126)[1]
Basketball (13,344)
Boxing (13,926)[1]
Construction
Broke ground November 2, 2005
Opened December 15, 2006
Construction cost ruble ₽2.7 billion
EUR €35 million
Architect Andrei Bokov
Tenants
CSKA Moscow (2016–present)

Megasport Sport Palace[2] (Russian: Дворец спорта "Мегаспорт" Translite Dvorets sporta Megasport, formerly, Khodynka Arena or Ice Sport Palace on the Khodynka Field), is a multi-purpose indoor arena that is located in Moscow, Russia. The arena is situated in the Khodynka Field. The arena has a maximum seating capacity of 13,926 people.[3] The arena is primarily used to host basketball and ice hockey games.

History[edit]

Interior of the arena during a basketball match in February 2018

Megasport Sport Palace was completed in December 2006.[4][5] It was one of the arenas that hosted the 2007 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships. It was also the host venue of the Sultan Ibragimov versus Evander Holyfield World Heavyweight Title Fight, on October 13, 2007. On 23 January 2008, CSKA Moscow hosted a EuroLeague regular season game against TAU Cerámica in the arena, in front of a near sellout 13,000 attendance crowd.[6]

In November 2008, the Cup of Russia figure skating competition was held at the arena.[7] Another important event hosted at the arena was the 2006–07 CEV Champions League Final four,[8] in which Tours VB won the title, after defeating VfB Friedrichshafen.[9]

Megasport Arena was rumored to be the venue for the 54th Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, but instead the competition was held at the Olympic Indoor Arena, in Moscow. On March 24, 2011, the International Skating Union (ISU) relocated the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships to the Megasport Arena, in Moscow.[10] This decision followed the cancellation of the championships in Tokyo, Japan, due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The championships were staged from April 24 to May 1, 2011. The 2011 European Curling Championships were also hosted at the arena, in December 2011.

In 2016, the arena became the home arena of the VTB United League club CSKA Moscow, for EuroLeague games.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Варианты трансформации арены" (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2016-10-18. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-22. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  3. ^ Eurosport, "article" Archived September 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Eurosport , April 5, 2007.
  4. ^ Sport-Express, "article" Archived January 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Sport-Express, December 15, 2006.
  5. ^ Sport-Express, "article"[permanent dead link], Sport-Express , December 1, 2006.
  6. ^ Euroleague.net Archived December 29, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., GAME REPORT CSKA Moscow 70 -62 Tau Ceramica Archived August 18, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., January 23, 2008
  7. ^ "Cup of Russia figure skating Grand Prix" (in Russian). Retrieved 2008-11-23. [dead link]
  8. ^ Визитка (in Russian)
  9. ^ 2006/2007 European Cups - RESULTS INDESIT EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MEN - 2006/2007 - Final Four in MOSCOW (RUS) on 31/03 & 01/04/2007 Final Match 1/2 - Match F-004[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Moscow to host of Figure Skating World Championships". BBC News. March 24, 2011. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
PalaLottomatica
Rome
CEV Champions League
Final Venue

2007
Succeeded by
Hala MOSiR
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