Martial Arts Palace, tennis club and more: new sports arenas to appear at Luzhniki Stadium

June 23, 2019
Construction and renovation

A year ago, hundreds of millions of spectators from around the world watched the events running in Luzhniki, which hosted the major World Cup games. Luzhniki Stadium hosted seven football games, including the opening match, 1/8 final match against Spain, victorious for the Russian team, and the final. Last autumn, the CSKA Club played the Champions League matches at the stadium. This summer, Luzhniki hosts concerts of famous rock artists, and the Russian national football team is to return here on 10 October. It will be the day to meet with the key competitor in the struggle for the final part of the European Championship 2020, the Scottish team.

Outdoor activity fans are welcome at Luzhniki all year round. Here you can engage in a variety of sports. Recently, construction of another facility has been completed, the  Gymnastics Palace to train young athletes and hold Russian and international competitions.

Gymnastics Palace: modern arena and concert venue

The Gymnastics Palace has five-stories. Its elaborate wave-shaped roof looks like a wavering gymnastic ribbon, with a special customised aluminium coating used for the waves. 3,400 sq m of gold triangular mosaics frame the roof. This facility has been waterproof tested in a wind tunnel, with snow retention and wind load tests. It has drainage systems and lightning rod — in short, it has everything required for long-term operation.

The Palace will include a 4,000-seat arena for competitions, training facilities, dance halls, fitness gyms and a health and recreation centre. There will also be a hotel for athletes, a Press Centre and a Spa Centre.

Capable to accommodate up to 3,600 visitors, the Palace can also host concerts and other entertainment events.

To suit every taste and interest: what else to do in Luzhniki

In the next five years, new facilities will be launched in Russia's major sports cluster. But even now, Luzhniki offers its visitors a variety of activities to engage in. To rent a bike and ride along the embankment, play football, tennis or swim in the open air — these activities are to be of interest to both professional athletes, healthy lifestyle fans, and parents with children.

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Ball playing

Luzhniki Stadium has natural and artificial turf football pitches.

The fields are heated and well-lit. They are open all year round 07:00 am till 00:00 am.

Ice skating and a triple axel

A professional ice rink (60x30m) is open on the Small Sports Arena. It is perfect for ice hockey or figure skating. Those wishing to attend are welcome in any season of the year. The ice rink is open daily 07:00 am till 00:00 am.

Set a swimming record

You are welcome to visit the outdoor Aqua Complex next to Vorobyovy Gory metro station to recreate, work out or set new swimming records.  The sports area boasts a 50m swimming pool, with a beach and a 25m heated plunge pool. Children will like the playground and a special swimming pool nearby. The Aqua Complex has a food court and a fresh bar.

Set a swimming record

You are welcome to visit the outdoor Aqua Complex next to Vorobyovy Gory metro station to recreate, work out or set new swimming records.  The sports area boasts a 50m swimming pool, with a beach and a 25m heated plunge pool. Children will like the playground and a special swimming pool nearby. The Aqua Complex has a food court and a fresh bar.

Run with champions

A 3 km long race track with a special coating used at all Olympic stadiums is open to everyone. The rubberised material is a perfect absorber, which reduces the risk of injury.

You may meet both amateur athletes and training professional runners, winners of the biggest Russian and world competitions on the race track along Luzhnetskaya Embankment.

The largest city race, the Moscow marathon, starts and ends at Luzhniki, with the starting segment of the 42 km distance running along Luzhnetskaya Embankment.

Get in shape

Fitness Studio on Luzhnetskaya Embankment near the open Aqua Complex boasts up-to-date equipment, efficient training programs, experienced trainers and more.  Buy a subscription and work out!

Workout sessions will help you to get in shape, strengthen your muscles and develop power performance. Luzhniki Stadium has seven grounds open all year round to work out, with five of them located along the river on Luzhnetskaya Embankment, and two more in the premises of the sports complex. You will find one of them between Festivalnaya Square and the open Aqua Complex. Look for the largest workout grounds near Vorobyovy Gory metro station, next to the Water Sports Palace being under construction now.

Get in shape

Fitness Studio on Luzhnetskaya Embankment near the open Aqua Complex boasts up-to-date equipment, efficient training programs, experienced trainers and more.  Buy a subscription and work out!

Workout sessions will help you to get in shape, strengthen your muscles and develop power performance. Luzhniki Stadium has seven grounds open all year round to work out, with five of them located along the river on Luzhnetskaya Embankment, and two more in the premises of the sports complex. You will find one of them between Festivalnaya Square and the open Aqua Complex. Look for the largest workout grounds near Vorobyovy Gory metro station, next to the Water Sports Palace being under construction now.

Swallow Flight

There is a cable car now to move between Luzhniki and Vorobyovy Gory.  It seems like you fly over the Moskva River.

Swallow Flight zipline promises even a more exciting adventure. Anyone can go down from under the roof of the Large Sports Arena on the rope directly to the rope adventure park in the Sports Complex. There are 180 m long cable tracks, with a height difference of more than 24 m. You be going down at speed of 40 km per hour. The ride is to open soon. It will be open from May till October.

Cutting-edge technology: what else to be built in Luzhniki

Today Luzhniki Sports Complex comprises more than 80 sports facilities. Specialists are building and reconstructing other facilities. The most remarkable buildings are the Water Sports Palace, Druzhba multi-purpose gym, Krystall Ice Centre and a tennis club.

Hi-Tech Water Sports Palace

After the reconstruction, the Water Sports Palace is to become a state-of-the-art swimming centre equipped with the cutting-edge technology.

The five-storey sports complex covering 50,600 sq m will have three swimming pools, an Aqua Park with water slides, sports and training gyms, Spa Centres and food courts. There will also be a surfing simulator with artificial waves.

This complex will be one of the largest complexes in Moscow and one of the most convenient ones.

The Water Sports Palace will have a hi-tech interior, with rings as the core element of design used to decorate fences, walls and ceilings. Besides, it will be the shape of pools, fountains, lighting appliances and some interior items.

The first floor will be occupied by a gallery with sporting goods shops, a bar, a restaurant and changing rooms, the second floor will have swimming pools. The Aqua Park to occupy part of the premises of the first, second and third floors will boast a swimming pool and a children's pool, a hydro massage and a thermal pool opening onto the street. Also, it will feature nine water slides, ranging from small to extreme ones.

A thermal recreational centre with several types of steam rooms, jacuzzi, treatment rooms and a lounge area with sun loungers will be open for visitors. Gyms with changing rooms and showers will occupy the fifth floor of the swimming complex.

In summer, visitors will sunbathe in the open air. In the hot season, the transforming roof will be moved apart.

Druzhba Sports Gym: under international standards

Druzhba multi-purpose sports gym was built for the 1980 Summer Olympics. It held competitions in tennis, volleyball, futsal, fencing, rhythmic gymnastics, sports dance and other sports.

Since 2016, the building has been under a large-scale reconstruction to expand technical capabilities of the gym and bring it in line with international standards. Upon the overhaul, Druzhba gym will retain its recognizable architectural appearance. It will accommodate up to 4,500 visitors.

This venue is expected to host the European Weightlifting Championship in 2020. The tournament will be the qualifying stage for the Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo the same year in summer.

Druzhba Sports Gym: under international standards

Druzhba multi-purpose sports gym was built for the 1980 Summer Olympics. It held competitions in tennis, volleyball, futsal, fencing, rhythmic gymnastics, sports dance and other sports.

Since 2016, the building has been under a large-scale reconstruction to expand technical capabilities of the gym and bring it in line with international standards. Upon the overhaul, Druzhba gym will retain its recognizable architectural appearance. It will accommodate up to 4,500 visitors.

This venue is expected to host the European Weightlifting Championship in 2020. The tournament will be the qualifying stage for the Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo the same year in summer.

Tennis club: 22 courts and 'water' facades

Tennis club covering 36,000 sq m will be the largest one in Europe. There will be 22 courts, with 15 courts roofed, and badminton, squash, ping pong and paddle tennis grounds. The courts will be equipped with a video analysis system. Athletes will have an opportunity to analyse their training sessions and thus improve their technique.

Club members are free to combine tennis, general physical exercise and recovery after training. There will be a children's centre to house a tennis school for young athletes.

The club building will have 'water' facades. Silk-screen printing technology will allow for applying patterns on the central part of panoramic windows that resemble falling streams of water. The building itself will feature deconstructive style. The project authors were inspired by the works of architects who formed the image of modern megacities, with Zaha Hadid, Tom Maine and Frank Gehry among them, and by the ideas of the philosopher Jacques Derrida.

The sports complex will be located near Luzhnetskaya Embankment and the Druzhba gym. Tennis club opening is expected in 2020.

Martial Arts Palace: summer garden and a roof-top jogging track

The Martial Arts Palace in Luzhniki is expected to be finished before the end of 2021. It will be constructed in Luzhniki Street, near the football fields in the northern part of the complex. The building will have the International Sambo Centre and Boxing Centre. The total area of the three-storey building is over 40,000 sq m.

There will be an underground parking lot on the ground floor, with a lobby, gyms, two swimming pools and a Spa Centre on the first floor. The second floor will have gyms with sports and wrestling equipment, the third floor will host competition areas with stands, changing rooms for athletes, coach and medical rooms. Visitors can enjoy a restaurant and a cafe.

Accessible roof will house administrative offices. Also, there will be an open-air summer garden and a jogging track.

The Palace's front will have a media screen showing information on the upcoming boxing and sambo competitions, helpful information for fans and guests, and portraits of famous boxers and sambo wrestlers.

Source: mos.ru

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