Palace of Water Sports

The Palace of Water Sports (Russian: Дворец водных видов спорта; Tatar: Су спорт төрләре сара) is an indoor aquatics centre in Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia which was built for the 2013 Summer Universiade. Located on the banks of the Kazanka River, the competitions in synchronized swimming, diving, swimming and water polo took place here. It later hosted the diving events for the 2015 World Aquatics Championships. As of 2018, the facility was utilized by approximately 3,000 children per day.[1]

Palace of Water Sports
Дворец водных видов спорта
Kazan Aquatics Palace
View from Sibgat Khakim street, 2013
Full namePalace of Water Sports Kazan
LocationKazan, Tatarstan, Russia
Coordinates55°48′59″N 49°09′35″E / 55.8164°N 49.1597°E / 55.8164; 49.1597Coordinates: 55°48′59″N 49°09′35″E / 55.8164°N 49.1597°E / 55.8164; 49.1597
OwnerMinistry of Sports of the Russian Federation
OperatorState Academy of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Volga Region
Opened12 April 2013
ArchitectSergei Tchoban and Sergei Kuznetsov (SPEECH studio) with architects from Ove Arup
Main contractors
  • SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov
  • Ove Arup
  • AlkosProject

The temporary open arena for water polo with a spectator capacity of 3,500 was built nearby, using its service and support systems.[citation needed]


The Aquatic Sports Palace was built between September 2009 and October 2012. With an investment of $115 million (€90 million approximately),[2] the design and construction was awarded by tender to a consortium of British and Russian firms specializing in architecture and engineering: SPEECH Tchoban & Kuznetsov, an architectural and design studio based in Moscow with experience in Russia and Germany, Ove Arup, a British company designers of the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing and PSO Kazan ООО, a Russian design and construction company established in the Republic of Tatarstan.[3] Taking into account the venue's proximity to the Kazanka River, the building's exterior and footprint were designed to resemble a wave traveling towards the river.[1]

Technical featuresEdit

The interior of the sports palace.

The capacity of the venue is for 3,715 spectators, including press booths and seats in the VIP area with special folding stands for athletes, which can increase capacity to 4,185 people.[4] It is equipped with trampolines and a platform.

The building consists of three pools:

  • Diving – 33.3×25 m pool (allowable operating depth is 5.5 m)
  • Synchronized swimming – 50×25 m (maximum operating depth is 3.0 m)
  • Training – 50×25 m (practicing pool depth is 2.2 m)

The three pools are situated end-to-end, making the Palace one of the world's longest swimming venues with 187 metres of uninterrupted pool deck length.[1]

Notable eventsEdit


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  4. ^ "Дворец Водных Видов Спорта Казань - официальный сайт". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
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