(Minsk, 4 Pobediteley Ave.)
The Sports Palace will hold the the events in Sambo, Greco-Roman, Freestyle and Women’s Wrestling during the 2nd European Games.
The cultural and sports national Sports Palace unitary enterprise is one of the oldest sports facilities in Minsk with an over 50 years’ history. This multifunctional sports and recreation complex is located at one of the most beautiful parts of the city center right by the Svisloch river.
The construction began in September 1963 and took 3 years to complete. The opening took place on May 7, 1966 prior to the Victory Day celebration.
It was also reconstructed in 2001-2004.
In 1984 the Sports Palace was included into the list of historical and cultural monuments of BSSR.
The Palace can host competitions in 22 sports, as well as concerts, exhibitions and other kinds of shows. The venue accommodates 3,311 seats during the sports events and 4,500 seats during concerts.
The Sports Palace includes two arenas of different sizes. The larger arena is a sports and entertainment site with a 61 × 30 meter-sized hockey rink. The smaller arena is mainly used for hockey and figure skating training sessions due to its “dry ice” artificial plastic flooring.
There’s an outdoor public skating rink by the Palace which transforms into the Palova Arena 3x3 basketball playground during the summer.
Inside the Palace there’s a fitness training area, a gym and a dance school.
Since its opening, the Sports Palace has hosted a vast number of major national and international sports events, concerts and exhibitions. Among the most notable in the last 15 years are the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships (2004, 2010), the 2010 European Weightlifting Championships, the 2013 Boxing Championships, the 2015 Futsal World Championships, the 2016 European Indoor Hockey Championships, the 2017 European U23 Fencing Championships, the 2017 World Thai Boxing Championships and many others.