The Olympic StadiumRussian: sportivnyi kompleks «Olimpiyskiy» or спортивный комплекс «Олимпийский», known locally as the Olympiysky, is one of the largest multipurpose sports complexes in Europe. It hosts both sporting and entertainment events and is divided into a large indoor arena and a swimming pool. The stadium’s maximum diameter measures 224 m, with an area of 33,000 m². The total area of the complex is almost 55,000 m². As of today, only Manchester, London, Cologne and Belgrad can boast indoor arenas similar to this one. The Olympic Stadium hosts both important sporting events, starting with the 1980 Summer Olympics, and musical concerts and shows by world-famous stars. Dozens of athletics classes are offered to sport enthusiasts here, and the Olympiysky swimming poolRussian: basseyn «Olimpiyskiy» or бассейн «Олимпийский» is the most popular pool in Moscow.
The Olympic Stadium was built for the 1980 Summer Olympics held in Moscow and hosted, in various years, world championships in a number of disciplines, such as Olympic and rhythmic gymnastics, boxing, karate, taekwondo, kickboxing, field hockey, track and field, fencing, freestyle and Graeco-Roman wrestling. The Olympiysky swimming pool has hosted finswimming, competitive and synchronized world championships and international diving competitions. Youth games and international tennis and pentathlon tournaments have also taken place at the Olympic Stadium, along with the heavyweight championship of the world between Vitaly Klichko and Manuel Charr in 2012 and between Fyodor Yemelyanenko and Jeff Monson in 2011. Alexander Povetkin fought with Vladimir Klichko here in 2013.
The Olympic Stadium combines large-scale sportive and entertainment activities with the government-funded Moscow Sport program aimed at health and sport promotion among Muscovites. It offers rhythmic gymnastics, ballet, football, hockey, karate, sambo, judo and figure-skating classes as well as general physical training courses. An Olympic-sized swimming pool, a regular pool and tennis schools are also on the premises. The Olympic Stadium sports complex also features a gym and a fitness club. Almost twenty national Russian teams from various disciplines train here.
THE OLYMPIC STADIUM FROM WITHIN
An acoustic glass screen divides the swimming pool building into two zones: diving and swimming. The highlight of the swimming sector is the 50-meter-long pool which hosts all significant swimming and water polo competitions, among other aquatic sports. It is where world records have been set and the world’s best swimmers have competed. The swimming sector also features stands that can seat up to 7,500 people, a 50-meter-long training pool as well as a playground for the youngest visitors.
The diving sector has a 25-meter-long and 6-meter-deep pool, springboards and a ten-meter-high diving tower. The stands can seat up to 4,500 spectators. Performances are also staged here for New Year’s Eve holidays.
The Olympiysky complex has over 600 groups which train here and features a tennis court, a playground, a trampoline centre and a choreographic hall. The swimming and diving pools are open for training from 7:00 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. You can train on your own or under the supervision of an instructor. Water aerobics classes are available. After training, there are saunas available for you to relax in.
The inner arena includes the 35,000-seat main arena, gymnastics and sports halls, two dance halls, a gym, a rehabilitation centre and an ice rink where figure-skating and ice-hockey training take place. The main arena is ideal for different kinds of sports surfaces, including artificial turf and running tracks, and is easily convertible into an ice field. Such mobility enables the Olympic Stadium to hold a variety of sporting events, ranging from a European artistic gymnastics championship to a motorbike acrobatics competition.
If necessary, a moveable soundproof screen, as high as an eight-storey building, can divide the main area into sections to allow several plays or tournaments to be held at the same time. The stadium building also has a gym, general physical training, pilates, fitness and aerobics classes available to the public.
MUSIC AT THE OLYMPIC STADIUM
Russian and international music stars have performed at this venue. From 1987, the year when rock musicians from the Uriah Heep band performed here, the Olympic Stadium has become Russia’s main venue for large-scale shows.
Important music festivals, such as MUZ-TV Music AwardsRussian: Premiya MUZ-TV or Премия МУЗ-ТВ, Song of the YearRussian: Pesnya goda or Песня года, Disco 80’sRussian: Diskoteka 80-kh or Дискотека 80-х and The Big Love Show, are annually hosted at this sports complex. In 2009, it hosted the Eurovision Song Contest, and Metallica and Muse chose this venue for their concerts in 2015 and 2016, respectively. These large-scale events bring together thousands of people who spend several hours in queues before finally finding their seats. The 35,000-seat concert hall is always packed with excited spectators.
Located in the very heart of Moscow, the Olympic Stadium is remarkable in both its dimensions and architecture. It was built thirty-five years ago, but its design makes it look modern, and its historical background still interests the public today.© 2016-2018 moscovery.com