“ALAU” Ice Palace
"Alau" is a unique sports facility, which is designed not only to serve the future Olympians, but to be a center of the development of mass sports."
Nazarbayev N.A., President of Republic of Kazakhstan (February 2011)
State municipal government enterprise Ice Palace "Alau" created by order of the Akim of Astana on the 5th of April 2010.
Before the start of the Asian Games 2011 an indoor skating stadium was built in Astana. Construction of the ice palace "Alau" started in 2007 and completed in four years. Turkish company "Sembol" was a developer company of “Alau” project.
"Alau" is an world-class ice palace. Ice Palace equipped with modern facilities, allowing the creation of "fast ice". Thanks to a unique architecture and location "Alau" regarded as a sight of Astana and the sport gates of the capital.
The ice arena is the heart of the Palace, which consists of a 400 meter ice track with stands for 7 462 spectators, two ice hockey courts, a jury room, a room for press conferences and eight changing rooms for athletes.
The staff of the palace sets a goal to become one of the best flat skating rinks in the world. During the 7th Asian Winter Games on the ice of “Alau” was set 9 continental records. Ice Palace ranked 8th place (out of 641possible places) in world rating of speed skating stadiums.
2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 – stages of the World Cup Speed Skating
2015 – the world championship in the winter Olympic sport «World All-round Speed Skating Championships» for the first time in Kazakhstan history. Participation was accepted by famous athletes from 15 countries.
2015 – «World Judo Championship», athletes from 100 countries fought for medals.
2018 – Ice Speedway World Championship.
Also there are major international competitions, training camps. Winter sport types: Speed skating, figure skating, short track, hockey with a puck, ball hockey and curling are popular in the "Alau". Here you can see more than 500 children - inmates of specialized youth sports schools of Astana city.
From 2011 Champion’s ice is available to amateurs. On the days of Mass Skating everyone is allowed to skate. «Мass Skating» season open from October till April, and from May starts “Summer sport center” project and ends in August. More than 700 000 people already visited both projects from the beginning (October, 2017). The main philosophy of “Alau” is to make winter soprt more popular in Astana, and develop mass sport.
«Alau» — one of the most visited sport objects in Kazakhstan. More than 1 800 000 people visited Ice palace in common (October, 2017). 1500 visit stadium everyday (athletes, Children Sport Schools, Gym), 2000 – 3000 people visit “Alau” on the weekend and holydays only on “Mass Skating” project.
Thanks to unique options of Arena, Ice palace successfully held big media events like «Red Bull Crashed Ice» and others.
«Alau» — is:
- Ice track (400 м), area 5600 m²
- 2 hockey courts, each area 1800 m²
- Game room, 918 m²
- Hall of athletic training and choreography
- Street fields mini-football and beach volleyball
- Fitness center, area 4200 m²
- Tennis center
- Hotel, for 83 persons, and 46 rooms.
- Shooting range, 900 m²