Sochi’s coastal venues set to provide long-term legacies
Sochi’s Olympic Park has buzzed with excitement during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games but the venues that form this “coastal cluster” are set take on a new lease of life following the Games, providing long-term legacies for the local region.
Some facilities will remain sports specific venues, while others will be converted for alternative uses, including shopping, entertainment and exhibition centres as well as homes, hotels and resorts.
The Adler Arena, for instance, which has hosted speed skating events during the Games, will be transformed into the biggest exhibition centre in southern Russia, while the Bolshoi Ice Dome, which has provided an impressive stage for the ice hockey competition, will become a multi-purpose sports centre.
The Fisht Olympic Stadium, venue of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, will host football matches during the FIFA 2018 World Cup. It will also be used as a training centre for the Russian national football team and will host other sporting events and concerts.
The Ice Cube Curling Centre is set to be used as a multi-purpose sports and entertainment complex, while the Iceberg Skating Palace, which is hosting figure skating and short track events, will be turned into a velodrome for cycling competitions and training.
The Shayba Arena, which has hosted ice hockey matches during the Games, will become a children’s sports and education centre, as well as an ice hockey training facility for the local community.
The Olympic Park itself will also be home to the inaugural Russian Formula One Grand Prix, with the first race set to take place in October 2014, while the non-sports venues in the coastal cluster will also provide lasting benefits for Sochi.
The Main Media Centre, for instance, will be used as a trade and entertainment centre with a hotel and serviced apartments, while the Coastal Olympic Village – which has housed 2000 athletes during the Games – will be turned into apartments for local residents.
As Dmitry Chernyshenko, President of the Sochi 214 Organising Committee, explains: “We’ve dedicated ourselves to thinking long-term, to focus on a true Games legacy that will not only rejuvenate the city of Sochi, but will also contribute to the economic, cultural and environmental development of the Krasnodar region.”