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VTB Arena park wins Best Russian Project in the MIPIM 2014 awards

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The VTB Arena park project has been named the Best Russian Project in the recent MIPIM 2014 awards. NB: This project is featured in the latest Spring 2014 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.


This project includes the entire reconstruction and refurbishment of Dynamo Central Stadium and its surrounds. The resulting complex will be an outstanding example of an innovative approach to the arrangement of sport, entertainment, living and working space in a metropolis environment.


Speaking on the project’s mission, Mr. Andrei N. Peregoudov, Senior Vice President of JSC VTB Bank, Director General of CJSC “Management Company” Dynamo, and VTB Arena park project director, said:

The all-embracing idea of a healthy lifestyle for city dwellers with the chance to live a life worth living in the very heart of the capital, is the basis for the integrated city ensemble concept. The complex being created composes elements that ‘shape’ the city ensemble. These elements are unique in terms of functionality, and are the ideal combination of architectural solutions. The residential area, historic park, office buildings, hotel, sports academy, renovated small arena, and revitalised stadium will all be interconnected by retail areas.


Lead design of VTB Arena park’s Sport Facilities, David Manica, of MANICA Architecture added:

The formula for combining sport venues with commercial entertainment developments is certainly a well-accepted and proven recipe for success. But never before has an outdoor stadium, an indoor arena, and a retail entertainment district been combined into one building as a singular structure. And, with VTB Arena park’s location immediately adjacent to a larger integrated commercial and hospitality development, makes the future synergies even more exciting. I believe this project will change the way people think about the potential of sport, entertainment, and commercial developments.

The Manica-designed stadium is part of the overall VTB Arena park project.

The Manica-designed stadium is part of the overall VTB Arena park project.

Otkrytije Arena chooses seats for May completion

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The new stadium for Spartak Moscow and FIFA World Cup 2018, Otkrytije Arena, has specified its seats as it enters its final phase of construction. Could its completion in May come before one of the 2014 World Cup stadiums in Brazil?

STECHERT Seating reported that the head of Spartak Moscow chose seats with a filigree design and a maximum of stability, the company’s KANGO Smart and COPACABANA Business models.

STECHERT has already started the three‐shift working at its production site in Trautskirchen, Germany, to produce the 45,000 seats in good time.

The seats will alternate in colour between the club colours ‘pure red’ and ‘traffic white’ which are set in a random order in the upper and lower tiers. The seats also spell out the lettering of the word ‘Spartak’.

All the stadium seats are fixed on crossbars, which is a special system that allows the stadium to extend or reduce the space between the seats and to easily change the seating capacity. This is useful when switching between hosting a tournament such as the World Cup and regular club games.

COPACABANA was the first stadium seat in the world to receive the red dot design award in 2011. This seat, with its mixture of excellent ergonomic design and its high backrest, will be installed 4,000 times in the Business‐ and VIP Area. The plastic parts (polypropylene) and all elements of the upholstery were tested to withstand a climate of minus 40°C, which is typical for Russia in winter. All parts of the KANGO Smart also had to complete the same tests.

STECHERT said that its price-performance ratio won the business in Moscow against a lot of competitors. Franz Stegner, the CEO and Managing Director of Stechert Stahlrohrmöbel GmbH said:

We are very happy that we were the winner of this tender and we are convinced that this club will receive a stadium to match its own class. We are hoping that this breakthrough will bring us a lot more opportunities in the biggest country of the world.

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