Posted: 28.01.2024 17:18:00

Lukashenko, Putin visited world’s largest hockey stadium

The presidents of Belarus and Russia, Aleksandr Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin, have visited the largest hockey stadium in the world: the recently built SKA Arena in St. Petersburg, BelTA reports

Earlier today, the heads of state together took part in a video link event on the commissioning of a new wintering complex at the Vostok station in Antarctica into trial operation. After that, Aleksandr Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin had a long one-to-one conversation.

The SKA Arena is a hockey stadium of the SKA club in St. Petersburg. Its construction began in 2020 and was completed in 2023. The sports ground is located on the site of the demolished St. Petersburg Sports Complex and can seat more than 21.5 thousand spectators – thus making it the largest hockey stadium in the world.

The presidents were informed on the construction and features of the new arena, as well as the technical and constructive solutions used.

“Well done!” the Belarusian leader appreciated what he had seen.

Aleksandr Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin toured the SKA Arena, got acquainted with the conditions created for players and fans.

The heads of state had a warm conversation with the SKA team players and watched the training on the ice. Thy were also presented with hockey jerseys with the team's symbols as a souvenir.

"I dream that Dinamo Minsk will sometimes win here!" Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

SKA is the only representative of St. Petersburg in the Kontinental Hockey League, the current holder of the Continental Cup. At present, SKA is the main donor of Russian national teams of all ages.

The team is in first place in the Western Conference in the Kontinental Hockey League table, and is one of the favourites in the fight for the main trophy: Gagarin Cup.

The first match at the SKA Arena is scheduled to be held on February 11th.