Monday, February 3, 2014

Sochi 2014’s Venues (1)

Sochi 2014 will be the first Winter Games to have venues in two distinct ‘clusters’, with 11 newly built arenas set to provide world-class stages for the athletes.

Coastal Cluster:

1.- Adler Arena Skating Center
Venue for: Speed skating
Capacity: 8,000
The Adler Arena is located in the center of the Olympic Park.
The oval-shaped Adler Arena has been designed to resemble an ice fault, with angular walls and triangular stained-glass windows creating a crystal-style facade. The walls have been made as transparent as possible, enabling spectators to admire the scenic views around them.
The Adler Arena is an oval-shaped facility with two competition tracks and one training track.
The size of the Adler Arena meets the requirements of the International Skating Union (the track length is 400 m). In particular, the ice track is designed to provide the best chronometric performance.

2.- Ice Cube Curling Center
Venue for: Curling
Capacity: 3,000
The "Ice Cube" Curling Center is located in the Coastal Cluster, within the grounds of the Olympic Park.
The 3,000-seat Ice Cube Curling Centre features a combination of smooth and well-rounded contours reminiscent of the shape of the curling stone, which is accentuated by the bright polished surfaces of its façade. The simplistic design of the venue is supposed to symbolise democracy and accessibility.
The "Ice Cube" Curling Center is a moveable venue, making it possible to be dismantled and transported for post-Games use as a curling center in another Russian city.

3.- Shayba Arena
Venue for: Ice hockey
Capacity: 7,000
The Shayba Arena takes its name from the Russian word for puck, while Russian fans are also renowned for shouting “Shaybu” when supporting the national hockey teams at major championships. A symbolic hockey puck was laid at the foundation of the arena during construction. The circular exterior of the venue features an attractive blue and white swirling motif, with the design based on a snowdrift.
The "Shayba" Arena is part of the complex of facilities operated by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).
The complex includes the "Bolshoy" Ice Dome, the "Shayba" Arena and a training rink. All Ice Hockey venues are located in close proximity to one another, providing maximum comfort for athletes and guests of the Games.
The "Shayba" Arena is designed to accommodate 7,000 spectators. The venue will host Olympic ice hockey competitions and Paralympic ice sledge hockey competitions.
The “Shayba” Arena is a moveable venue, making it possible to be dismantled and transported for post-Games use as an Ice Palace in another Russian city.

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