Sochi set to enjoy long-term benefits of new Olympic Park
Sochi’s newly-built Olympic Park, which will house several venues for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, looks set to provide long-lasting benefits for the city.
The Park is home to the Fisht Olympic Stadium, Bolshoi Ice Dome, Iceberg Skating Palace, Shayba Arena, Ice Cube Curling Centre and Adler Arena, which form the “coastal cluster” of Games venues.
Sochi 2014 will be the first time in Olympic history that all the ice venues are within walking distance of one another, creating a centralised Olympic Park. The Park will also house the Main Olympic Village, the International Broadcasting Centre and the Main Press Centre.
“In Sochi we’re already seeing the amazing transformation that sport and hosting major sport events can bring,” says Sochi 2014 President and CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko. “The Games are a powerful catalyst to both develop key infrastructure and make changes in Russian society. 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.”
After the Games, the 40,000-seat Fisht Olympic Stadium, which will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, is set become a major international football stadium, while the 8,000-seat Adler Arena, which will stage speed skating during Sochi 2014, will be turned into the largest trade and exhibition centre in the south of Russia. The Bolshoi Ice Dome, meanwhile, will be converted into a multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue.
Elsewhere in the Park, the Iceberg Palace, which will host figure skating and short track speed skating during the Games, could be transformed into a velodrome, according to Russia’s Deputy Minister of sports Yury Nagornyh, while the Shayba Arena and Ice Cube Curling Centre are both due to be dismantled and transported to other Russian cities.
“Modern international sports venues will be a lasting legacy that will benefit future generations,” explains Chernyshenko. “The various sports venues that are being built in Sochi will collectively form a new international sports centre with modern infrastructure including an international airport, hotels, business centres and concert halls. Some of the newly-built sports venues will be transformed into multi-purpose concert-entertainment centres after the Games and others will be dismantled and transported to other cities in Russia.”
Sochi’s array of glistening new facilities will also allow the city to stage several other major international events after the Games, including the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will see matches being played in the Fisht Olympic Stadium, and Russia’s first Formula One Grand Prix, which will take place on a track located in the Olympic Park, beginning in 2014.