Design for Two Major Sochi 2014 Venues Approved by National Sport Federations
Sochi, Russia, April 18, 2007 – Sochi 2014 saw its Olympic dreams move one step closer to reality yesterday as the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia and the Football Union of Russia both approved the ground-breaking plans for the Bolshoi Ice Palace and the Sochi Olympic Stadium respectively. The Bolshoi Ice Palace and the Sochi Olympic Stadium are two proposed venues to be located in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Park, home to five sports venues.
The Botta Management Group AG, responsible for the architectural design of the two venues, received approval today at a meeting in Moscow to move forward with the planning process. 32 experts from the Botta Group have worked since 2006 to develop the form-conscious and elegant designs. Once completed, these two iconic structures will become Sochi landmarks and integral components of the unique Games legacy.
The Sochi Olympic Stadium, a proposed site for opening and closing ceremonies at the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, will be transformed into a football stadium for the Russian National Football Team following the Games in 2014. The Bolshoi Ice Palace will be transformed into a multi-purpose sports, concert and entertainment centre.
Charles Botta, President and CEO of Botta Management Group AG, said:
“We are thrilled to have the approval today and continue the planning process. Our goal is to design facilities that will bring the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi to life. These venues will contribute to the unforgettable Games experience before being inscribed into the living history of the city through their continued use in the future.”
The Sochi Olympic Stadium design was inspired by Russia’s famous Faberge Egg. Located on the coast of the Black Sea, the stadium walls and roof are one continuous glass surface, reflecting the brilliant sunlight off the sea during the day. The intimate seating bowl opens to the north, allowing for a breathtaking view of the Krasnaya Polyana Mountains, and the upper deck is open to the south, allowing for a dramatic view of the Black Sea. The stadium will feature 40,000 seats and 60 luxury suites. All athlete and technical official functions, including entries, are located on the same level as the field of play.
The Bolshoi Ice Palace contains both ice hockey competition arenas and the two-rink Practice Hall – all within 300 metres of each other. The Palace will be purpose built as a state-of-the-art, world-class ice hockey, multi-sport and entertainment venue. In terms of design, multi-faceted, transparent glass exterior surfaces reflect the beauty of the ice while allowing stunning views of the sea and mountains.
The Palace’s arena will have 12,000 seats, 34 luxury suites, and a seating layout that has been designed with temporary seating in the West End at Level 1 to accommodate a concert stage. All athlete facilities are located inside the venue, at the same level as the field of play for maximum convenience and ease of use. The design includes 12 locker rooms, 20 in total between the two hockey venues, so that each country has its own permanent locker room.