Gazprom builds modern track and field stadium in St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg hosted today celebrations dedicated to completion of a track and field stadium built by Gazprom on Krestovsky Island.
Taking part in the celebrations were Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, Georgy Poltavchenko, Acting Governor of St. Petersburg, Valentin Balakhnichev, President of the All-Russia Athletic Federation as well as representatives of sports community and public.
“St. Petersburg can be truly regarded as the 'cradle' of national athletics. Many years ago an amateur runners club emerged in Tyarlevo settlement (presently – the Pushkinsky District) in 1888, and the first Russian Athletics Championship took place in Petrovsky Island in 1908. It's worth mentioning that the stadium's opening coincides with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Viktor Alexeev, a legendary coach from Leningrad, who raised a whole generation of the Olympics, European and World Athletics Champions.
I am confident that this track and field stadium, equipped at the highest level, will contribute to fostering new champions ready to bring fame to St. Petersburg and the whole country. Their example will serve as inspiration to many kids and teenagers to do sports activities,” said Alexey Miller.
Comprised of a main arena an adjacent indoor activity center, the brand new indoor track and field stadium offers year-round training and serves as the home for local and national competitions.
In addition to a shot put zone and a seating area, the main arena has an athletics track, straight sprinting and hurdling tracks as well as high-, long- and pole-jump sectors.
Athletes can safely do their intensive training without straining the skeletal muscles, thanks to up-to-date specialist protective rubber floorings of the arena, which also help easily concentrate on new techniques and workout drills.
The architectural concept of the facilities (8-degree negative wall slopes and vertical stained-glass panels) provides for a lot of natural lighting, without direct sunlight falling on the arena.
A 3-floor indoor activity center comprises gyms (for fitness and professional workout routines), medical assistance rooms and other units.
The stadium's premises provide access and comfortable environment for disabled persons.