City has 'high chances' of hosting the Under-20 World Ice Hockey Championship in 2023.
In 2013, Norwegian company Space Group designed a multifunctional sports arena able to host sports and cultural events. Picture: Space Group
Vladimir Putin ordered the federal and regional governments to work together to 'find funding sources' and agree the timing of a major new hockey stadium in Novosibirsk.
Novosibirsk has applied to host the U20 Ice Hockey World Championship in 2022 or in 2023.
Rene Fasel, the president of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), told TASS that Sweden is likely to be awarded the hosting rights in 2022, the year it marks its centenary of national ice hockey.
The three billion cost of Space Group project was deemed too expensive. Picture: Space Group
But the TASS report citing Fasel said that Novosibirsk had 'high chances' for 2023. 'The IIHF president added that the city of Novosibirsk is capable of hosting the championship and its time zone location, which is GMT +6, will not be a problem,' reported the news agency.
A scheme for a space age hockey stadium astride the Ob River already exists - see the pictures here. A site has been agreed for the new facility.
Putin has also ordered sports minister Vitaly Mutko 'to develop and adopt a set of measures' promoting Novosibirsk's bid to host the event the IIHF World Junior Championship.
A site on the bank of the Ob river, near the subway bridge, has been agreed for the new facility. Picture: NGS
Novosibirsk governor Vladimir Gorodetsky recently told Putin that hockey 'the most widespread, the favourite sport of Novosibirsk' and acknowledged that the current arena - Sibir, working since 1974 - 'is, of course, quite old, but is full of spectators on every home game'.
He urged the president to support the initiative for a new stadium. 'Believe me, in all the history of the third city in the country, in the largest municipality, there was no such a big event that would encourage the mobilisation of all forces and resources.'
Novosibirsk governor Vladimir Gorodetsky visits thelocal hockey team Sibir. The current ice arena, Sibir, which is working since 1974. Pictures: Alexandra Filonova, PhotoNsk
He said he could already see some sponsors willing to back the construction. A new facility would realise a dream since Soviet times.
In 2013, Norwegian company Space Group designed a multifunctional sports arena able to host sports and cultural events including circus shows, festivals and concerts.
But the three billion cost was deemed too expensive.
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