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Sport in Saint Petersburg has a long tradition, back to the founding days of Saint Petersburg in the early 18th Century.

International sports events held in Saint PetersburgEdit

St. Petersburg hosted part of the football (soccer) tournament during the 1980 Summer Olympics. The 1994 Goodwill Games were held here. It bid for 2004 Summer Olympics and might bid again for 2032 Summer Olympics.


The first competition here was the 1703 rowing event initiated by Peter the Great, after the victory over the Swedish fleet. Yachting events were held by the Russian Navy since the foundation of the city. Yacht clubs:[1] St. Petersburg River Yacht Club, Neva Yacht Club, the latter is the oldest yacht club in the world. In the winter, when the sea and lake surfaces are frozen and yachts and dinghies cannot be used, local people sail on ice boats.

Different sportsEdit


Equestrianism has been a long tradition, popular among the Tsars and aristocracy, as well as part of the military training. Several historic sports arenas were built for Equestrianism since the 18th century, to maintain training all year round, such as the Zimny Stadion and Konnogvardeisky Manezh among others.


A sport with long history in Russia is bandy, and this was played on the frozen Neva River in the 19th Century. The Saint Petersburg team Yusupov Sad («Юсупов Сад») toured Germany, Sweden and Finland in 1907 under the name Sankt Petersburger Amateur Eislaufverein and won most of its games. Bandy was also played during the Soviet years, with Dynamo Leningrad becoming the runner-up for the Soviet Cup in 1947 and Lenin IVF Leningrad being the runner-up for the Soviet Union Championship in 1952. However, Saint Petersburg has not had an elite team in this sport since BSK Saint Petersburg had to cease its operations in 2005.


Chess tradition was highlighted by the 1914 international tournament, in which the title "Grandmaster" was first formally conferred by Russian Tsar Nicholas II to five players: Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Tarrasch and Marshall, and which the Tsar had partially funded.

Sports venuesEdit

Kirov Stadium (now demolished) was one of the largest stadiums anywhere in the world, and the home to FC Zenit St. Petersburg in 1950–1989 and 1992. In 1951 the attendance of 110,000 set the record for the Soviet football. Zenit now plays their home games at Krestovsky Stadium.[2]

Saint Petersburg teamsEdit

Club League Sport Venue Established Championships
Zenit St. Petersburg
Football Krestovsky Stadium
1 UEFA Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 3 Russian Championships, 1 USSR Championship
Kondrashin Belov
Basketball Sibur Arena
2 Saporta Cups, 1 Russian Cup, 2 USSR Championships, 2 USSR Cups
Avtomobilist St. Petersburg
Volleyball Platonov Volleyball Academy
2 CEV Cups, 2 Russian Championships, 3 USSR Championships, 2 USSR Cups
SKA Saint Petersburg
Ice hockey Ice Palace
2 Gagarin Cup Championships
Politekh St. Petersburg
Futsal Kalinin District MFOK
0 Championships
Petrotrest St. Petersburg
Football MSA Petrovsky
1 Second Division Championship
SKA-1946 St. Petersburg
Ice hockey MSA Yubileyny
0 Championships
Serebryanye Lvy
Ice hockey Spartak Ice Palace
0 Championships
VC Zenit Saint Petersburg
Volleyball Platonov Volleyball Academy
0 Championships


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