Olympic Stadium (Moscow)
Спортивный комплекс Олимпийский
|Full name||Olympic Sports Complex|
|Address||16 строение 1|
|Capacity||35,000 (Main Arena)|
5,000 (North Hall)
|Opened||19 July 1980|
|Structural engineer||V. I. Nadezhdin|
Olympic Stadium (Russian: Олимпийский стадион) (known locally as Olimpiyskiy) was an indoor arena, located in Moscow, Russia. It was built for the 1980 Summer Olympics and, divided into two separated halls, hosted the basketball and boxing events. It closed in 2019 and was demolished in 2020.
A part of the "Olimpiyskiy Sports Complex", it made up one architectural ensemble with another venue, constructed at the same time, the Swimming Pool. Its capacity was 80,000 people, and the stadium could hold up to 16,000 people for televised events.
In May 2014, the Government of Moscow auctioned 65% of shares in the stadium that it previously controlled. Oil company ZAO Neftegazprod won the auction, paying ₽4,672 billion rubles (approximately €100 million euros).
It was the world's first indoor bandy arena, and has hosted the Bandy World Championships in 1989 (the first bandy world championship held indoors) and 2008. When smaller indoor sports are held at the venue, such as tennis or basketball, only a quarter of the floor space is used. Capacity in this configuration can vary between 10,000 and 16,000 people.
The 2013 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships were held in the stadium between 17–23 April 2013.
The venue hosted the World Boxing Super Series men's, cruiserweight final between Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev in front of 24,000 fans in attendance on July 21, 2018. Usyk won the fight comfortably, becoming the first fighter at cruiserweight to unify all four world title belts. Muhammad Ali's widow, Lonnie Ali, presented the Ali trophy to Usyk after the fight.
At the time of its demolition, SC Olympiyskiy was the largest indoor concert arena in Russia and one of the largest in Europe. Many international artists played concerts here as part of their world tours, such as Shakira, 30 Seconds to Mars, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Depeche Mode, Enrique Iglesias, George Michael, Imagine Dragons, Iron Maiden, Jamiroquai, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Linkin Park, Madonna, Muse, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, Rihanna, Robbie Williams, Roxette, Whitney Houston and more. The venue hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, the first time Russia hosted the competition.
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