Bolshoy Ice Dome
Sochi’s Bolshoy Ice Dome is the newest and one of the most spacious of all the stadia across the vast territory of the KHL. The arena, the epicenter of drama for hockey fans during February’s Winter Olympics, took five years to build. Work began in 2009 and the finishing touches were added in 2014, in time for the venue to host many games from the men’s and women’s Olympic hockey tournaments, including the two finals.
On the 20th of February, 10,639 spectators watched as the women of Canada and the United States battled for gold, and the Canadians made it a night to remember, fighting back from a two-goal deficit to secure a thrilling 3-2 victory in overtime.
The men's final on the 23rd was a little easier on the nerves, when 11,076 hockey fans saw the Canadians confirming their class with a confident 3-0 win over the Swedes.
And since the fall of this year, the beautiful 12,000-seater stadium, with its distinctive outline reminiscent of the Beijing Opera House, has been home to the KHL debutant club, HC Sochi, thus ensuring that top-class hockey is now a permanent resident on the shores of the Black Sea.
The history of the Bolshoy Ice Dome is, of course, far too short to be packed with vivid and memorable events, so the KHL All-Star Game, without a shadow of a doubt, will feature in the latest chronicles of the arena as a very significant milestone, second only to the 2014 Olympics.