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Almaty Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Arena was opened in 18 September 2016 and seat 12,000 spectators for ice hockey.[3] Apart from hosting ice hockey matches, the arena is venue for boxing, figure skating, basketball, concerts, and other events. It is one of the venues to host the 2017 Winter Universiade.[4][5] The arena is located in the north of punched Ryskulov Avenue, to the west from Momyshuly street in the Alatau District.[1]

Almaty Arena
LocationAlmaty, Kazakhstan
Coordinates43°14′58″N 76°49′21″E / 43.249517°N 76.822565°E / 43.249517; 76.822565Coordinates: 43°14′58″N 76°49′21″E / 43.249517°N 76.822565°E / 43.249517; 76.822565
OwnerCity of Almaty
OperatorCity of Almaty
CapacityIce hockey: 12,000
Field size9.96 ha (99,600 m2)[1]
Broke ground20 June 2014
Opened18 September 2016; 3 years ago (2016-09-18)
Construction cost$170 million[2]
General contractorBazis A[1]


Almaty Arena complex, October 2017

Almaty's successful bid to host the 2017 Winter Universiade, coupled with its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, drove the need to build an ice hockey arena meeting the standards of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). On 27 March 2014, the city's mayor Akhmetzhan Yessimov announced the building of the new arena for 12,000 spectators and a minor arena for 3,000.[6] The arenas were projected to cost $170 million and $89 million respectively.[2]

Structure and facilitiesEdit

The Ice palace will be the second largest in the CIS with the area of 9.96 ha (1,072,000 sq ft), similar with the Minsk-Arena and smaller than the Bolshoy Ice Dome.[1] The complex will consist of three units: the ice arena with 12,000 seats, a training rink with a recreation complex, and a swimming pool.[1] The layout of the ice arena will allow it to function as a universal platform for figure skating, ice hockey, boxing, basketball, volleyball, as well as a concert hall with 5,000 seats, in the case of laying thermal insulation covering the entire area of the ice field with about 1,800 m2 (19,000 sq ft).[1] Special attention is given to the technology of ice freezing. 120 cubic meters of water is needed for each rink pouring. The water is pre-treated from various mechanical impurities, iron, chlorine and the salts, and then falls into the softener system and maintain the desired storage temperature.[1] Ice surface is aligned with special ice machines to achieve the desired thickness - 5 cm after a complete freezing.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Construction of the main sports structure of Universiade 2017 was started". Bazis A. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b Строительство двух ледовых дворцов к Универсиаде-2017 в Алматы обойдется в 256 миллионов долларов [Construction of two ice palaces for the Universiade-2017 in Almaty will cost $ 256 million] (in Russian). 3 June 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Huge ice palace to be built in Almaty city - mayor". Kazinform. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Almaty to construct Ice Palace for 2017 Winter Universiade". 16 January 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  5. ^ "Three candidates for 2022". IIHF. 23 March 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  6. ^ Julia Rutz (31 March 2014). "Almaty Prepares for 28th Winter Universiade". The Astana Times. Retrieved 3 September 2014.

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