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St. Petersburg prepares new arena
Apr 19, 2012
A classic European basketball club is working on big plans for the future. Right after reaching Eurocup Finals last weekend, Spartak St. Petersburg has announced that its brand new, state-of-the-art arena will be ready as soon as next season. Spartak Arena, on the western side of Krestovsky Island in St. Petersburg, will be the club's new home. Construction started in June 2010 with an initial budget of 850 million rubles. A 30-meter high complex with room for 7,000 fans, the new arena will feature two practice courts, a rehabilitation area, state-of-the-art locker rooms, a hotel for fans and visiting teams, restaurants, a spacious press center, as well as new offices for Spartak's administration and staff. The original plan was to build Spartak Arena exclusively for basketball, but due to commercial interests, it will now be versatile enough to host all sorts of cultural activities, as well as to host other sports as volleyball, handball and tennis, among others. Euroleague president Jordi Bertomeu saw the building in a visit to St. Petersburg right after the Eurocup Finals.
"We are pleased to see that our clubs are moving forward," Bertomeu said. "Spartak Arena shows how ambitious the club is and how hard it is working in the right direction. Fans will enjoy elite basketball in a very comfortable arena."
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