Unique sport facility to replace old Dynamo Stadium

Unique sport facility to replace old Dynamo Stadium
Photo: Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Denis Grishkin
The new cluster will include a sport facility and a concert-entertainment complex, a sport academy and a city park.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and VTB Bank CEO Andrei Kostin inspected the Dynamo Stadium project and the metro’s Petrovsky Park station on the new Third Interchange Circuit.

“A unique sport facility is being built here in place of the old Dynamo Stadium. This facility is unique for Moscow and the entire country. A football pitch and an ice arena are located under one roof. We will later build an eight-hectare park with sport-training facilities,” Mr. Sobyanin said. To make this facility more accessible, the nearby Petrovsky Park metro station will be finished before the year is out, he added.

Mr. Kostin thanked the Moscow Government and Mr. Sobyanin for building this station and called it a gift for sport fans. “We are set to open the sport facility in the spring of 2018. The academy will be completed somewhat later, due to purely logistical issues linked with the simultaneous construction of both facilities. Although this facility will not host 2018 FIFA World Cup matches, we are planning to open it this spring,” Mr. Kostin noted.

A residential area will allow residents to take up sport here. “We are cooperating very closely with the city government, and would like to thank you very much for this. You helped us a lot at all stages because this truly impressive project has received funding of about $1.5 billion,” Mr. Kostin noted.

Dynamo sport, cultural and entertainment centre

The Dynamo Central Stadium was built in 1928 to a design by architects Arkady Langman and Lazar Cherikover. Initially, the horseshoe-shaped stadium faced Petrovsky Park. The eastern grandstand was completed in 1936, completely enclosing the stadium while upping seat capacity to 54,000. It remained the city’s main sport arena until 1956 when Luzhniki stadium was opened. 

The stadium was partially rebuilt for the 1980 Summer Olympic Games and the 1998 World Youth Games. On 22 November 2008, the stadium hosted its last match and was closed for comprehensive renovation.

Under the VTB Arena Park project, a new sport centre, consisting of the VTB Arena/Central Dynamo Stadium, the Dynamo Sport Academy and the Dynamo Sport Park is being built.

The city will receive an entirely new sport, cultural and entertainment centre with a modern football stadium, a small sport arena, a sport-training facility and a public park.

The upgraded VTB Arena/Central Dynamo Stadium will feature a large football stadium for 26,319 spectators and a multipurpose sport hall for ice hockey and basketball games that will also host concerts. The latter will seat 11,488-14,000 people. The entire eight-storey stadium will have an area of 206,000 square metres and an underground floor with a car park for 719 vehicles.

The old western grandstand overlooking Leningradsky Prospekt will be preserved and restored. The stadium roof will consist of special translucent materials.

“It’s very important that the historical bas-reliefs, which are in bad shape, be restored. Today, we saw restorers working on them. I believe the historical images will be restored, and they will serve city residents for a long time,” Mr. Sobyanin said.

Mr. Kostin noted the high professionalism of the restoration technicians and said the project would be completed on schedule. “We always treat history in a very gentle manner. A large team of restoration technicians is working on this bas-relief that was almost completely lost.”

Structural reinforcement, both in concrete and in steel, has already been installed. Work is underway to build internal bulkheads, partitions, and to assemble escalators, lifts, internal utility mains, HVAC equipment, fire sprinklers, and water, sewage, power, and weak-current systems.

The upgraded stadium is to open in 2018.

The three-storey and 58,000 square metre Dynamo Sport Academy multirole sport-training complex will also have one underground level, a versatile hall for sport games with an area of 2,100 square metres, a 3,900 square metre gymnastics hall, another 2,400 square metre hall for wrestling, boxing, weightlifting and martial arts events, two skating rinks (5,800 square metres), a mini-football field (3,500 square metres), a shooting gallery (1,900 square metres), squash courts, golf simulators and a sport medicine office. The underground car park will hold 750 vehicles.

The sport academy, also due to be completed in 2018, will run hobby groups for residents of nearby districts and for all others.

The 8-hectare Dynamo open-air city sport park, due to be improved completely in 2018, will receive basketball, volleyball and Gorodki (Skittles) grounds and leisure areas.

The upgraded sport facility is to attract over 5.7 million people annually. The facility will offer full-time and part-time employment to 4,500 people during sports events.

Petrovsky Park metro station for local residents and football fans

Petrovsky Park station will become part of the 62.3-kilometre Third Interchange Circuit, the Moscow Metro’s second Circle Line, which ultimately will have 29 stations, including the Kakhovskaya-Kashirskaya section.

Petrovsky Park station is part of the first 12.4-kilometre Third Interchange Circuit section between the Nizhnyaya Maslovka and Delovoi Tsentr stations. This section will have six stations: Nizhnyaya Maslovka, Petrovsky Park, CSKA, Khoroshovskaya, Shelepikha and Delovoi Tsentr. Stations between Delovoi Tsentr and Petrovsky Park are to open this year, and the other stations between Petrovsky Park and Nizhnyaya Maslovka are scheduled to open in 2018.

The shallow level Petrovsky Park station is 25 metres beneath the ground between the Nizhnyaya Maslovka and CSKA stations of the Third Interchange Circuit and also along Tearnalnaya Alleya in the Aeroport district. This station provides a change to Dynamo station on the Zamoskvoretskaya Line.

Two station entrances will have eight escalators, with four escalators per entrance, and lifts for people with disabilities. Four more escalators will be installed in an underpass linking Petrovsky Park with Dynamo station. The new station will have an island-type platform 163 metres long and 12 metres wide.

The station will feature a white-and-green interior with Ural marble and granite blocks. The floor will be inlaid with grey-and-black granite slabs. Tunnel walls will be faced with white marble, and unusual-looking torch-shaped columns will be covered with grey-and-green marble.

The city started building the station in March 2012. Workers continue to enlarge the pit with reinforced concrete walls. Work is also underway to add finishing details and relay utility mains. Petrovsky Park station is now 80 percent ready. Workers have also completed tunnels towards the Nizhnyaya Maslovka and CSKA stations.

The new station will make the Aeroport district with its almost 79,000 residents much more accessible and will reduce congestion at Dynamo station on the Zamoskvoretskaya Line. According to estimates, Petrovsky Park station will handle about 240,000 passengers daily, with up to 24,000 people during peak hours.

On the whole, the Third Interchange Circuit’s section between the Nizhnyaya Maslovka and Delovoi Tsentr stations will accomplish the following:

-     improve public transit for the Moscow International Business Centre’s 300,000 employees and visitors;

-     improve public transit for employed and inactive residents of the Khoroshovsky, Aeroport, Timiryazevsky and Savyolovsky districts by establishing new and fast direct links between them. These links will reduce trip durations outside central Moscow;

-     reduce congestion on the metro’s overloaded Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya, Zamoskvoretskaya, Serpukhovsko-Timiryazevskaya lines in northwestern districts and also on the Circle Line;

-     improve public transit for users of available, unfinished and planned facilities, including the Aviapark shopping mall, the CSKA and Dynamo Stadiums, the State Centre of Modern Art museum-exhibition facility and others.