Minsk-Arena

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Minsk Arena
Minsk Arena Logo.svg
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Minsk Arena in March 2016
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
Capacity15,086
Construction
Broke ground2006
Built2006–2009
Opened30 January 2010
Construction cost$ 350 million
Architect
  • Valery Kutsko
  • Vladimir Budayev
  • Alexander Nitiievsky
  • Anatoly Shabalin
Project managerBelproekt
Main contractorsMinskpromstroy
Tenants
Website
www.minskarena.by

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.

Entertainment[edit]

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.

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 will be held on 25 November.[4] This will be the second time the venue hosts the contest.

Sports[edit]

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.[5]

It was one of two main venues for the 2014 IIHF World Championship.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

In January 2016, the 2016 European Speed Skating Championships will be held.[9] 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.[10]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
  6. ^ http://www.minsk2014.com/article/?id/49 Archived 14 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Bandy players from Ulyanovsk are going to play in games of the Bandy World Championship in 2016
  8. ^ https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=ru&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sovsport.ru%2Fgazeta%2Farticle-item%2F879915
  9. ^ "Speed Skating Stadium". Minsk-Arena. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  10. ^ "SL i-League StarSeries". Minsk-Arena. Retrieved 15 January 2016.

External links[edit]

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UCI Track Cycling World Championships
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Velódromo Alcides Nieto Patiño
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Junior Eurovision Song Contest
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2010
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