Sochi Olympic Park

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Coordinates: 43°24′20″N 39°57′17″E / 43.4056472°N 39.9545917°E / 43.4056472; 39.9545917 (Sochi Olympic Park)

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Sochi Olympic Park is an Olympic Park that was constructed for the 2014 Winter Olympics and 2014 Winter Paralympics. Located in the Adlersky City District of Sochi, Imeretinsky Valley, on the Black Sea (about 4 km, or 2.5 miles) from Russia's border with Abkhazia/Georgia), the Olympic Park houses the main Olympic Stadium used for the Games' ceremonies, and the venues that were used for indoor sports such as hockey, figure skating, curling, and speed skating. It also houses training facilities, the Olympic Village, the international broadcasting centre, and other amenities. The park was designed so that all of the venues would be accessible within walking distance of each other. The venues are situated around a water basin containing a fountain known as "The Waters of the Olympic Park"; designed by California-based WET (which also designed the cauldron for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City), the fountain measures 5.3 meters in diameter with a capacity of about 700,000 gallons of water, featuring more than 250 nozzles and jet systems that can create fog and choreographed water displays set to music.[1][2][3][4][5]

History

Construction of the complex in the Imereti Lowlands began in 2007. The Imereti Lowlands was an important bird area protected since 1911, most of which was destroyed during the construction. Most of the venues were completed by 2013.

Facilities

Current

Map of the Olympic Park during the 2014 Olympic Games, with all venues gathered around the Medals Plaza (Note: This map does not include the Sochi Autodrome, which was not finished at the time of the Olympics. This map also does not account for any other post-game modifications to the Olympic Park. While included in the map, the cemetery is not labeled)

Other Facilities

Aerial view of the park.
  • Olympic Village: The main Olympic Village of the 2014 games is within the Olympic Park. It was built by Basic Element. The village consists of 47 buildings and is designed for three thousand people. Athletes, journalists and members of the Olympic family were housed there. Plans are for the Olympic Village be an off-season resort complex Sochnoye' ("Juicy").[15]
  • Sochi Medals Plaza: This plaza previously accommodated 20,000 standing spectators[13] for the victory ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic games. Portions of the venue now remain as a legacy feature of the Olympic Park.
  • Sochi Media Center: This venue served as the IBC for the 2014 Olympic games. Also hosted the World Chess Championship 2014. There have been plans to transform the media center into a shopping mall for a more sustainable post-games use.[7]
  • Sochi Park: A theme park themed around the history and culture of Russia, Sochi Park is the country's first theme park. The park is 20.5 hectares, and features its own adventure park, and a hotel complex which is themed to a medieval-era castle. The park first opened only to spectators and athletes of the Olympic Games (during which it received 140,000 visitors). The park was opened to the general public on International Children's Day 1 June 2014, with an official opening on 28 June 2014.
Cemetery

Within the Olympic Park lies a 2-acre cemetery, which predates the Olympic venues by nearly a century. The cemetery, which dates back to 1915, contains the graves of individuals that belonged to the Old Believers faith. The cemetery is located between the Iceberg Skating Palace, Fisht Stadium, and the medals plaza. It is located in a circular grove, but is largely obscured by plants. During the Olympic and Paralympic games, Canada and the United States had National Houses located near the graveyard on the end opposite to the medals plaza. Dmitry Chernyshenko, the president and CEO of the Sochi Organizing Committee, claimed in a September 2013 New York Times interview that the cemetery was retained both in good-will, and due to Russian law forbidding the moving of the graves. A cemetery needs to have had no new burials for at least a half-century, and only through the decision of relatives of those buried could a cemetery be considered for relocation. Burials are still ongoing at the cemetery.[16][17][18]

Former

  • Hockey Training Rink- This was a training venue for Ice Hockey during the Olympics
  • Ice Skating Training Rink -This was a training venue for Figure Skating during the Olympics

Transportation

On the north end of the Olympic Park is the Olympic Village Station, and on the south end of the Olympic Park is the Olympic Park Station (the main transit hub of the Olympic Park). Both stations are stops on the Abkhazian railway. Just south of the Olympic Park is the M27 highway.

For the Olympics, a railway line was built connecting the Olympic Village with the airport, Sochi Olympic Village, central Sochi, and the station in Krasnaya Polyana (home to the mountain-cluster of Olympic venues). A highway was also built alongside this to further connect the Olympic Park to this area.

The Olympic Park was originally going to be serviced by several stations along the planned Sochi Metro, before that project was cancelled.

Events

Football

Date Time (Moscow Time Zone) Round Team #1 Res. Team #2 Spectators
19 June 2017 (2017-06-19) 18:00 Group B  Australia 2–3  Germany 28,605
21 June 2017 (2017-06-21) 21:00 Group A  Mexico 2–1  New Zealand 25,133
25 June 2017 (2017-06-25) 18:00 Group B  Germany 3–1  Cameroon 30,230
29 June 2017 (2017-06-29) 21:00 Semi-finals  Germany 4–1  Mexico 37,923
Date Time (Moscow Time Zone) Round Team #1 Res. Team #2 Spectators
15 June 2018 (2018-06-15) 21:00 Group B  Portugal 3-3  Spain TBD
18 June 2018 (2018-06-18) 18:00 Group G  Belgium 3-0  Panama
23 June 2018 (2018-06-23) 21:00 Group F  Germany 2-1  Sweden
26 June 2018 (2018-06-26) 17:00 Group C  Australia 0-2  Peru
30 June 2018 (2018-06-30) 21:00 Round of 16  Uruguay 2-1  Portugal
7 July 2018 (2018-07-07) 21:00 Quarter-finals  Russia 1(3)-1(4)  Croatia

Motor Racing

Motor racing events held at the Sochi Autodrom:

Cancelled G8 Summit

Sochi was originally scheduled to host the 40th G8 summit 4–5 June 2014.[25] On 24 March 2014, the other seven member nations decided that a summit would instead be held in Brussels, Belgium, without Russia's participation.[26] It was held in Brussels on the same dates it was planned for in Sochi.[27][28] The decision to suspend Russia from the organization was in response to the 2014 Crimean crisis and accompanying Russian intervention in Crimea. On 24 March, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the meeting would not take place in Russia due to the Crimean crisis.[29][30] Traditionally, the host country of the G8 summit sets the agenda. Presidential Executive Office Chief of Staff Sergei Ivanov was the chairman of the organizational committee on preparation for Russia's G8 presidency.[31] In Sochi, leaders were expected to focus on responses to new global threats during the next G8 summit.[25] The infrastructure of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi was planned to be used to host the G8 summit. No additional pre-summit costs were budgeted.[25]

Images

Panoramic view of Sochi Olympic Park around the time of the 2014 games
Panorama showing the construction of Sochi Olympic Park

References

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