The Grigory Fedotov VEB Arena is one of Moscow’s most large-scale sports facilities. Construction of the highest fourth category UEFA stadium lasted for almost ten years, and it is now open to hosting major international sports events.
Opened in April 2015, VTB Ice Palace is Russia’s largest indoor arena with a total area of 70,000 sq. m. and the home arena of Dynamo, a Russian ice hockey club based in Moscow. This venue comprises three arenas: the big one (12,000 seats), the small one (3,500 seats) and the training one (500 seats).
Over 60 indoor climbing gyms are available in Moscow. Indoor climbing is gaining in popularity among sport and outdoor leisure enthusiasts, and the number of these facilities increases from year to year. Almost all gyms offer indoor climbing classes for children aged 4 to 5.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July in 11 cities. The final will be played in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium. Moscow’s second stadium to host World Cup matches will be Otkrytiye Arena.
Moscow and the Moscow Region have a wide selection of winter sport venues. The length of ski runs ranges from 150 m to 2,000 m, and altitudes vary between 20 m and 100 m. Many trails host competitions among professionals and amateurs.
The Olympic Stadium, known locally as the Olympiysky, is one of the largest European multifunctional sports complexes hosting sporting and entertainment events. It is divided into a large indoor arena and a swimming pool.
The Universal Sports Hall CSKA was built as part of the preparations for the 1980 Summer Olympics hosted by Moscow. The USH is in perfect technical condition and hosts world-class sportive events ranging from the EuroLeague basketball games to World Youth Games.
In 2014, Spartak Moscow, a Russian football club with almost a century-old history and, arguably, the most numerous army of fans in Russia, finally obtained its own home stadium. Otkrytiye Arena can rightly be called one of Moscow’s landmarks.
The Central Moscow Hippodrome is the oldest and one of the largest in Russia. The hippodrome is located on the Third Ring Road, in the city centre. Horse races take place here every Saturday and Sunday from May to September, and trotting races take place all year round; there is a betting terminal too.
Russian steam bath, or banya, has been an integral part of national customs since time immemorial. Mentions of Russian steam bath have been preserved in the chronicles of the 12th century, e.g. in the Primary Chronicle (The Tale of Past Years) and other ancient literary sources.
The Moscow city bike network began to develop rapidly a few years ago. Before that, stationary bike rentals could only be found in some large parks. Moscow is yet hard to call a comfortable place for this kind of transport due to the comparatively small number of bike paths.