Iceberg Skating Palace

The Iceberg Skating Palace (Russian: Дворец Зимнего Спорта Айсберг) is a 12,000-seat multi-purpose arena at Sochi Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia. The venue hosted the figure skating and short track speed skating events at the 2014 Winter Olympics. It cost $43.9 million, including the temporary works for the Olympics. 15,000 tonnes of steel were used.[1] The environment was taken into consideration in its construction.[1] A local figure skating competition was held in October 2012 but the International Skating Union said more work was needed to be ready for the 2012–2013 Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, a test event in December 2012.[2][3] At the Grand Prix Final, competitors said they liked the venue but some spectators complained about handrails obstructing the view in the upper tier.[4] It takes about two hours to adjust the ice when switching from figure skating to short track or vice versa.[5]

Iceberg Skating Palace
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LocationSochi, Russia
2014 Winter Olympics (short track speed skating and figure skating)

Plans had originally existed for the arena to converted into a cycling velodrome following the Olympics.[6]


  1. ^ a b Dolgova, Tatiana (2012-12-05). "Olympic 'Iceberg' welcomes world's best figure skaters". Voice of Russia. Archived from the original on 2012-12-05.
  2. ^ Chaykovskaya, Evgeniya (2012-10-08). "Russian skaters test the ice at the new Iceberg Sports Palace in Sochi". The Moscow News.
  3. ^ Luchianov, Vladislav (2012-05-14). "Sochi's 'Iceberg' Skating Palace ready for action". Icenetwork.
  4. ^ Heintz, Jim (December 6, 2012). "Olympic skating venue a hit with Grand Prix competitors". Associated Press. Archived from the original on December 7, 2012.
  5. ^ Александр Коган: чтобы Ледовый дворец «Айсберг» перестроился с фигурного катания на шорт-трек и наоборот, нужно всего два часа [Aleksandr Kogan: At the Iceberg Skating Palace, you need only two hours to switch from figure skating to short track and vice versa]. (in Russian). 2012-12-24. Archived from the original on 2013-11-10. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
  6. ^ "Minister Hints at Skating Legacy for Sochi Venue". 2013-02-07.

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Coordinates: 43°24′27″N 39°57′30″E / 43.40739177°N 39.95835°E / 43.40739177; 39.95835