The Gangneung Ice Arena has been officially opened ahead of the ISU Short Track World Cup event this weekend, which will serve as a test event for PyeongChang. In addition to short track, the 12,000-capacity venue, which took two and a half years to complete, will also host the figure skating competitions in 2018.
Located in Gangneung Olympic Park, the Ice Arena is one of the six newly built venues for PyeongChang. It is the first of the ice venue in Gangneung to be completed, with three other ice venues scheduled for completion in the city by the end of 2016.
The venues will be the centre of excitement during the Games.Choi Moon-soon Gangwon Province Governor
I congratulate everyone involved in the construction of this venue for their hard work.Gunilla Lindberg Chair of the PyeongChang Coordination Commission
The weekend’s event is expected to be a sell-out, so the athletes can expect an electric atmosphere as they race their way around the 111.12m track. The programme includes 10 events - four individual competitions and men’s and women’s relays. A total of 104 male and 80 female athletes from 31 countries will be competing, with Japan, Canada, China, Netherlands, and Russia all especially well represented.