“Megasport” is dangerous for holding competitions
At the Moscow sports arena “Megasport” may be canceled all events planned for 2013. The reason for this lies in 63 serious defects detected by experts.
“Indeed, there are some subsidence (of the building), but it is still not clear what is the main reason for that,” Sportbox quotes the Acting Chairman of the Committee of Moscow State Construction Supervision Valentin Pakhomov with a link to Interfax news agency.
“Most likely, this is due to the design. The works (during a period of reconstruction) carried out quite efficiently and also there is all the documentation. I don’t know whether sporting competitions will be held there or not this year. It is necessary to make the project amplification and then find a contractor. It is hard to say how much time it will take.” Pakhomov added.
Recall that last season arena hosted big sporting events such as the Russian stage of ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating and the main games of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
Megasport Arena (formerly, Khodynka Arena or Ice Sport Palace on the Khodynka Field) is a multi-purpose arena in Moscow, Russia. The arena has a maximum capacity of 14,500 people.
It usually holds the Grand Prix series’ event Rostelecom Cup.
On March 24, 2011, the International Skating Union (ISU) relocated the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships to the Megasport Arena in Moscow. This decision followed the cancellation of the championships in Tokyo, Japan due to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The championships was staged from April 24 – May 1, 2011.