Minsk Sports Palace
Minsk Sports Palace is an indoor sports arena, located in Minsk, Belarus. The arena seats 4,842 spectators and opened in May 1966. It hosts various indoor events, including HC Dynamo Minsk and the Kontinental Hockey League before Minsk-Arena was completed. It also hosted Miss Supranational on September 6, 2013.
|Owner||Ministry of Sport and Tourism|
|Broke ground||September 1963|
|Structural engineer||Korzhevsky V.V.|
|Tivali Minsk (1966–2001)|
HC Dinamo Minsk (2004–2010)
The project draft of the National Sports Palace was designed by the institute "Belgosproekt" team: the main architect Filimonov S.D., architect Malyshev V.N., and the chief engineer of the project Korzhevsky V.V.. Construction lasted from September 1963 to May 1966. The project featured the asymmetrical arrangement of the grandstands and the concert stage on the opposite side of the playground. This decision, coupled with the use of prefabricated grandstands, allowed to transform the arena into a concert hall. The project became a model for other sport palaces and was reimplemented in Chelyabinsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Volgograd, and Vilnius. In 1984, the Palace of Sports was included in the list of historical and cultural monuments of the BSSR.
From the 1960s–1980s, the largest state events were held at the Sports Palace. Many allied championships and international tournaments in wrestling, fencing, boxing, weightlifting, rhythmic and artistic gymnastics and other sports were also held there, including matches in the championship hockey club of the Union Dynamo and handball SKA. The Palace was also a venue of the largest concerts and the Communist Party meetings.
In 1990, the Palace premises were leased to various exhibition and sporting events. The stepwise reconstruction of the Palace of Sports was carried out from 2001 to 2004, including the updated building facades, replaced refrigeration, lighting and sound equipment, introduction of an air conditioning system, new seats, and new electronic bulletin board.
The main arena of the Palace of Sports is a universal sport and entertainment room with a hockey box sizes of 61×30 meters. The arena can be transformed into a venue for other sporting event or concert in just few hours.
The total capacity of the stands is 3,311 visitors (including the main grandstand - 3,074 seats, small podium - 237 seats) in the sport even version; when the arene is transformed to the concert version, 4,500 spectators can attend the event.
In addition to the main arena, the Palace has a fitness room, gym and fitness facilities; 4 dressing rooms; domestic, administrative, technological and other facilities that provide vital functions of the building. In the main lobby of the Palace of Sports are 6 closets for spectators, 2 hockey ammunition stores, and a club "Overtime" on the ground floor.
In 1999, the indoor training arena was built behind the Sports Palace. In addition to the hockey rink (61m x 30m) and stands for 300 spectators, there is a light board, referees, utility rooms for players, coaching rooms, a sports gym, a room for medical equipment and technological facilities that ensure the functioning of the building. The small Sports Palace arena is used mainly as a platform for hockey and figure skating training sessions.