Sport in Saint Petersburg

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St. Petersburg hosted part of the football (soccer) tournament during the 1980 Summer Olympics. The 1994 Goodwill Games were held here.

The first competition here was the 1703 rowing event initiated by Peter the Great, after the victory over the Swedish fleet. Yachting events were held by the Russian Navy since the foundation of the city. Yacht clubs:[1] St. Petersburg River Yacht Club, Neva Yacht Club, the latter is the oldest yacht club in the world. In the winter, when the sea and lake surfaces are frozen and yachts and dinghies cannot be used, local people sail on ice boats.

Equestrianism has been a long tradition, popular among the Tsars and aristocracy, as well as part of the military training. Several historic sports arenas were built for Equestrianism since the 18th century, to maintain training all year round, such as the Zimny Stadion and Konnogvardeisky Manezh among others.

Chess tradition was highlighted by the 1914 international tournament, in which the title "Grandmaster" was first formally conferred by Russian Tsar Nicholas II to five players: Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Tarrasch and Marshall, and which the Tsar had partially funded.

Kirov Stadium (now demolished) was one of the largest stadiums anywhere in the world, and the home to FC Zenit St. Petersburg in 1950–1989 and 1992. In 1951 the attendance of 110,000 set the record for the Soviet football. Zenit now plays their home games at Petrovsky Stadium.

Saint Petersburg teams[edit]

Club League Sport Venue Established Championships
Zenit St. Petersburg RFPL Football Krestovsky Stadium 1926 1 UEFA Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 3 Russian Championships, 1 USSR Championship
Kondrashin Belov PBL Basketball Sibur Arena 1935 2 Saporta Cups, 1 Russian Cup, 2 USSR Championships, 2 USSR Cups
Avtomobilist St. Petesburg VSL Volleyball Platonov Volleyball Academy 1935 2 CEV Cups, 2 Russian Championships, 3 USSR Championships, 2 USSR Cups
SKA St. Petersburg KHL Ice hockey Ice Palace 1946 1 Gagarin Cup Championship
Politekh St. Petersburg MFSL Futsal Kalinin District MFOK 1995 0 Championships
Petrotrest St. Petersburg FNL Football MSA Petrovsky 2001 1 Second Division Championship
SKA-1946 St. Petersburg MHL Ice hockey MSA Yubileyny 2009 0 Championships
Serebryanye Lvy MHL Ice hockey Spartak Ice Palace 2010 0 Championships


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