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Minsk Arena
Minsk Arena Logo.svg
Minsk Arena during JESC 2018.jpg
Minsk Arena in November 2018
LocationMinsk, Belarus
Coordinates53°56′11″N 27°28′58″E / 53.9365°N 27.4829°E / 53.9365; 27.4829Coordinates: 53°56′11″N 27°28′58″E / 53.9365°N 27.4829°E / 53.9365; 27.4829
Broke ground2006
Opened30 January 2010
Construction cost$ 350 million
  • Valery Kutsko
  • Vladimir Budayev
  • Alexander Nitiievsky
  • Anatoly Shabalin
Project managerBelproekt
Main contractorsMinskpromstroy

Minsk Arena (Belarusian: Мінск-Арэна), known locally as the Botvinik Arena, (Russian: Арена Ботвинника, Belarusian: Арэна Бaтвiнiка) is the main indoor arena in Minsk, Belarus.[1]

Along the main arena, the Minsk-Arena complex includes four venues which are the arena itself (hosting 15,000 spectators), a cycling track (hosting 2,000 spectators), a skating stadium (3,000 spectators) and a multilevel parking structure.


It was also the venue for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2010, which took place on 20 November 2010.[2]

Shakira performed to a sold out crowd during her The Sun Comes Out World Tour on 19 May 2011.

Jennifer Lopez performed to a sold out crowd during her Dance Again World Tour on 25 September 2012.

Armin Van Buuren performed in the facility on 7 March 2013 as part of a celebration to commemorate 600 episodes of A State of Trance.[3]

Depeche Mode performed at the stadium on 29 July 2013 and on 28 February 2014 during their Delta Machine Tour, in front of a total sold out crowd of 24,523 people. They will perform again for their Global Spirit Tour.

The French singer Mylène Farmer performed on 27 October 2013.

On 18 March 2018, it was confirmed as the host venue for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 which was held on 25 November.[4] This was the second time the venue hosted the contest.

World renowned comedian Rolilney Biong performed to a small crowd here on 19 October 2019 during his European Tour. [5]


Interior of the main arena during a hockey match (2010)

One of the primary uses of the facility is ice hockey, as the building is the home rink of HC Dinamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League. The arena's official opening was held on 30 January 2010 when the 2nd Kontinental Hockey League All-Star Game was held there. The first match in the facility, however, had already been played by Dinamo Minsk on 14 January 2010 against Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Two more KHL regular-season games were scheduled in January before the official opening: against Avtomobilist on 16 January and against Traktor on 18 January.[6]

It was one of two main venues for the 2014 IIHF World Championship.[7]

The Belarusian Bandy Federation is working towards creating a professional team that would play in the Russian Bandy Super League, with home matches in Minsk-Arena.[8] Minsk was a candidate for a while to host the 2015 Bandy World Championship. For a while there were also speculations about the 2018 Bandy World Championship.[9]

In January 2016, the 2016 European Speed Skating Championships were held.[10] In January 2016, hosted the tournament eSports Starladder i-League Season 13, Discipline such as Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The prize fund of the season is $500,000 US Dollars.[11]


  1. ^ http://en.minskarena.by/
  2. ^ "Belarus to host Junior 2010". junioreurovision.tv. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2009.
  3. ^ "Minsk". A State of Trance. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Junior Eurovision 2018 to take place on Sunday 25th November!". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 18 March 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Афиша | Минск-арена". minskarena.by (in Russian). Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ http://www.minsk2014.com/article/?id/49 Archived 14 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Bandy players from Ulyanovsk are going to play in games of the Bandy World Championship in 2016". Archived from the original on 17 November 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  9. ^ https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=ru&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sovsport.ru%2Fgazeta%2Farticle-item%2F879915
  10. ^ "Speed Skating Stadium". Minsk-Arena. Archived from the original on 2 December 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  11. ^ "SL i-League StarSeries". Minsk-Arena. Archived from the original on 16 August 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016.

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Preceded by
Hisense Arena
UCI Track Cycling World Championships

Succeeded by
Velódromo Alcides Nieto Patiño
Preceded by
Palace of Sports
Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Succeeded by
Karen Demirchyan Complex
Preceded by
Olympic Palace
Junior Eurovision Song Contest

Succeeded by
Gliwice Arena