Thursday, August 17, 2017

New Yekaterinburg ice arena Torch holds grand opening

A new, modern ice arena opened recently in Yekaterinburg during what has been called a “celebration of urban scale.”

The recreation center, named “Torch,” opened Friday in grand fashion with a dedication ceremony.

A public-private partnership with Gazprom Transgaz Ekaterinburg was the basis of the collaboration to build the sports center, which boasts a grandstand that can hold 200 spectators.

The complex has a coaching room, locker rooms, showers, specific areas for physical training and choreography, and a classroom.

In the daytime, Torch will be run as a branch of the sports school, providing lessons, and in the evenings, local residents can schedule ice time to play competitively.

It “is the perfect gift for the residents of the area, which will increase the capacity for physical culture and sports," Alexander Yakob, head of administration for Yekaterinburg, said.

Many local dignitaries and business owners were involved in the process of creating this new complex. In addition to Yakob, other collaborators included David Gaydtu of the legislative assembly for the Sverdlovsk region; Sergei Chepikov, a two-time Olympic champion biathlete and cross-country skier; Basil Short, the first deputy minister of physical culture for the sports and youth policy of the Sverdlovsk region; and Ivan Kuznetsov, director of the construction company Uralbilding.

Organizations in this story

Gazprom Transgaz Ekaterinburg 14 Clara Zetkin St. Yekaterinburg, Russia

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