Olympic Stadium (Moscow)
|Спортивный комплекс Олимпийский|
Aerial view of the arena (c.2017)
|Full name||Olympic Sports Complex|
16 строение 1|
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 the Olimpiyskiy Stadium) is 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.
A part of the "Olimpiyskiy Sports Complex", it makes up one architectural ensemble with another venue, constructed at the same time, the Swimming Pool. Its capacity is 80,000 people. and the stadium can 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).
The venue is often used for live music as well as sporting events. Artists to have played there include Pink Floyd, Kylie Minogue, Paul McCartney, Whitney Houston and Madonna. Sporting events held at the stadium have included the Davis Cup finals and the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament.
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 arena hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, the first time Russia hosted the competition.
The 2013 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships were held in the stadium between 17–23 April 2013.
On September 15, 2018, the stadium will host the first ever UFC event in Russia.
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- SEE YOU AT "OLYMPIJSKY" Archived 24 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- Final Four venue: Olympiysky Arena Archived 12 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
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