Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium is classified 5 stars in the UEFA list of stadiums. It is an all-seater arena with a capacity of about 78.000.
Under its former name Lenin Stadium it was the main venue for the 1980 Summer Olympics. The stadium was inaugurated in 1956, but completely renovated between 1995 and 1997.
Nowadays the stadium is home to the football clubs of Spartak and CSKA Moscow.
Also the Russian national team uses this stadium for their matches frequently.
In October 2009 I was lucky enough to attend the World Cup South Africa 2010 football qualifier match between Russia and Germany in the sold out Luzhniki stadium. Germany won the match with 1:0 and qualified for the world cup.
The Luzhniki Stadium is located in the Khamovniki district of Moscow, just southwest of the city centre. The nearest metro stop is Sportivnaya (red line).
Address: Luzhniki Stadium, Luzhnetskaya nab. 24, Moscow
The Russian Premier League consists of 16 teams; 6 of them come from Moscow (2005). They are: CSKA Moscow, FC Moscow, Dinamo Moscow, Lokomotive Moscow, Spartak Moscow and Torpedo Moscow.
During the football season there is always a chance to see a match in or around Moscow.
I was lucky enough to attend a match between CSKA Moscow and Dinamo Moscow in the Dinamo Stadium. 11.500 spectators saw a 2:0 victory for CSKA.
It wasn't easy to get a ticket, as everything is only in Russian and the cashiers don't speak any English.
I finally asked a Russian guy who spoke English to organise a seating ticket for me. The price was only 220 Rubles (6,50 Euro, 2005).
The Dinamo Stadium is one of the older stadiums in Moscow. It was inaugurated in 1928 and is home to Russia's oldest football club: Dinamo Moscow.
The stadium has a capacity of 37.000 and also includes track-and-field facilities.
The Dinamo Stadium is located north of the city centre. The nearest metro stop is Dinamo (green line).
Address: Dinamo Stadium, Leningradsky Prospekt 36, Moscow
While I was in Moscow, I played in a hockey league 2-3 times per week. We played at Mala Sportivna Arena, at Luhznicky Park, which is home of the Dynamo Hockey Club, and where some of the legendary games of the 1972-1974 Canada-USSR games were played. It was a particular pleasure for me to play in this historic arena, which means so much to both Russians and Canadians.
I alternately wore the jersey of number 32, Alexander Ovechkin of Moscow Dynamo (see photo above) or my Team Canada jersey, when we played or scrimmaged. Ovechkin is tapped to be the highest Russian draft choice into the NHL this season for lots of money for him and his old club. I quite often saw him play for Dynamo in Moscow, and if you are in town, I would reccommend taking in a game. It is not NHL hockey, but there are some good players, and the arenas are smaller and have more intimacy, so you feel like you are at a Junior's game.
It costs very little to attend a game, but they start quite early, so check in advance for game time. You can buy team jerseys on Stariy Arbat, so you can cheer your chosen team on with the rest of the hockey mad fans.
Equipment: Ice Skating at Gorky Park - Ice-skating and loud music
Krymsky Val, 9 (Gorky Park) Moscow
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Moscow Dynamo - Legendary hockey club
Luzhnetskaya nab. 24 Moscow
+7 95 201 1785
Spartak Moscow - The pride of Russian hockey
Sokolnicheskiy Val 1- b (Ice Palace Sokolniki) Moscow 107113
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Home of Moscow Dynamo Ice Hockey Team, and sight of the Canada-USSR ice hockey championships in 1972 & 1974.
Equipment: Last winter I played on two teams that played at Mala Sportivna Arena in Luihzniky Park which is the home of Moscow Dynamo. It was like playing in a shrine for me, as some of the games in the 1972 Canada-USSR series were also played in this arena.
Sometimes before we played, Dynamo were also playing, so we used to slip-in through the players entrance to watch the games. The only arena I ever played in where they have metal detectors at the doors, including the players' entrance.
I wore a jersey that I bought on Stariy Arbat of Alexander Ovechkin (#32), who was considered one of the best young players, who was meant to play this season in the NHL. Instead the NHL came to him. He has lot's of NHL players on his team now to act as mentors, and of course, I would assume with all the pros now playing in the Russian league, that the level of play has improved, too. Therefore, it will help a lot of these young players make the jump from their national leagues to the NHL.
I really miss playing hockey. For me it was one really great thing about living in Moscow last winter.
Without a doubt, one of the funnest things I did last winter was skating outdoors on the flooded skating rinks, but not just rinks, also footpaths, parking lots, ponds, almost in everypark around the city. The most famous is of course Gorsky Park, not only this one. I also played hockey, but indoors. However, the ice is sometimes not very good. You have to be careful, especially when skating backwards, not to fall into a deep crack or hole in the ice. Could crack your head, or break your leg. Also, people throw gum wrappers and other articles on the ice, which get covered over in the snow, and then you can easily step on them, causing you to fall. So be careful, but enjoy.
Equipment: I know you can rent, but I do not have the prices. However, I know it was not too expensive. Mind you the skates were old, and the quality poor, so better to have your own.
Russians love figure skating.
As a Canadian, I cannot really understand it. I am plain old-fashioned. Girls figure skate, boys play hockey, and if you're a boy and figure skate, then you better hope you're an Olympian because otherwise you won't get much sympathy or respect in Canada. Perhaps times change.
However, in Russia, everyone is proud of their world-class figure skaters, men & women.
Equipment: Of course, it was not with a little schadenfreude that the French & Russian judges got caught cheating at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City and, without stripping the Russian couple of their gold medal, awarded a second to the patently better Canadian pair.
The 2002 Olympics were a disgrace for the Russians. Not only did they not do near as well as they used to under the old Soviet system, but many of their athletes, especially in cross-country skiing, were disqualified for blood-doping offences.
However, this appears to have had an effect on Russian sports, and since then Russian athletes have been working extra hard to earn the respect of other athletes & fans, and to once again prove they are some of the best winter athletes in the world.
There are three ski hills in Moscow.
I have only been to one, Vorobyovy Gory, which is located between Luiznikiy Park and Moscow State University. This is a very high elevation and commands excellent views over Moscow. It is worth a visit also in the Spring, Summer and Fall just for the views. There is also a bar and a restaurant there.
As far as skiing goes, it is good enough for beginners and novices that just want to start the sport or practice a little before taking a real ski vacation. At Vorobyovy Gory there is also a ski jump, but I did not see anyone using it. Therefore, I don't know if there are competitions or not?
Equipment: The three ski hillls are
Vorobyovy Gory with is within walking distance of the Vorobyovy Gory metro station.
Krylatskoye which is located near the Krylatskoye metro, but then you have to take the number 829 bus another four kilometers to 51 Krylatskya Ulitsa.
Kant ski hill which is located near the Nagornaya metro. From the metro station walk five minutes to 75 Elektrolitny Proyezd.
There are a lot of places for Skiing and snowboarding in Moscow and around.
Some good hills in Moscow:
1) "Kant" park near Nagornaya metro st. - known as Moscow Alps - popular place almost in a center of Moscow with ski school and rent services (on photo)
2) Vorobjev Hills near Moscow University - only hill with rope tow and chair lift
3) Krylatskoe - many lifts, many slopes, rent service - also very popular place
4) Uzkoe - just one lift with a couple of slopes, rent service
Slopes length rarely exceed 0,5km, height of Moscow hills vary from 30 to 60 m.
Near Moscow (just 60 km to the north) there is better place for skiing (but this will be an other tip soon) ;-)))
Equipment: Most places for skiing have rent services with all modern equipment.
Welcome to the Russian Superleague, which -- thanks to big contracts and an NHL labor dispute that has brought homegrown talent back home -- is now being called the strongest professional hockey league in the world.
NHL owners unanimously approved a long-awaited decision Wednesday to lock out its players after the two sides butted heads for months about changes in labor contracts. NHL management has insisted that the changes are necessary because teams are losing money, while the NHL Players' Association maintains they would put into effect an unnecessary salary cap.
The NHL's loss was the Russian Superleague's gain.
Close to 30 Russian players that played in the NHL last year are competing in the 16-team Superleague this season. You can see which players are playing for whom by checking out the webpage at
NHL players in Russia may not earn as much as they did in the NHL last season, but the Russian league with its big oilgarch sponsors is still one of the richest leagues in the world, and this is attracting talent back to Russia this season, so don't miss it.
Like many Prairie cities in the Mid-West and in Canada that get real winter, there are small ski hills which allow novices the chance to hone their skills before heading to the mountains for real ski adventures. Moscow is no exception. When winter is long, dark and cold the best remedy is simply to get out and enjoy it. Moscow has many small ski hills outside the city within an hour or an hour and half drive. However, due to the difficulty of getting there, traffic and finding them, it is not practical for everyone.
Equipment: However, within the city limits are also some smaller ski hills with a verticle drop of 250-300 meters, which is just long enough to get the hang of skiing or snowboarding and learn the basics. The nice part is that these hills within the city limits are accessible with the Moscow metro.
Rental of snowboard gear costs RUB 350 per hour or RUB 1.400 per day. There is a refundable deposit of RUB 10.000 for the equipment. Lift tickets cost RUB 150 per day. With artificial snow and lights, they have skiing afterwork up until midnight. Near the ski hills you will find cafés and restaurants. Some like Vorobyovy Gory near Moscow State University enjoy a panoramic view over Moscow at night, which is worth the visit regardless.
$1 = 28 rubles
Yesterday, I went ice skating in Gorky Park. There is an area, it is like a fairground in the summer. Instead of closing it in winter, they flooded all the walkways, ponds and open spaces, and turned it into one big skating rink. There were hundreds of people, despite being around minus 12-13 degrees, all dressed up against the cold and enjoying themselves inspite of the cold. There was live music, a big Christmas tree, performers in costume singing and dancing, and it was really a winter carnival atmosphere. I guess they were celebrating their Orthodox Christmas. It was a blue sky, sunny day, and when it got darker, they turned all the street lights on. It was very beautiful between the shadows, the snow, the lit-up areas and a full moon. Whenever I got too cold, there were restaurants along the way, where you could go in with your skates on and get something warm to eat or drink. What a marvelous idea, instead of simply closing the amusement park for the winter.
The only way to survive a long winter is to simply get out and enjoy it.
Equipment: Entrance costs RUB50 ($1.50) and if you do not have your own skates you can rent them for RUB100 ($3.00) per hour. The other prices are reasonable as well. Coffee RUB20. Local beers RUB30. Pizza RUB140. Etc.
Dress warm with lot's of layers and something for your head. Warm is cool.
I have to say that in daily life Svetlana Pugacheva looks not the same as on events :)
She is the champion of the World and works as a trainer in Panata-club in Moscow.
Equipment: Also she has a web-site http://your-figure.com/ with video-lessons (VIDEO UROKI). Sorry, Russian only.
If you're from Canada or N. United States, maybe Skandinavia or the then named Czechoslovakia, perhaps you spent many early mornings getting up to go to hockey practice or figure skating lessons. Cold arenas, moms & dads freezing their butts off up in the stands, hot coffee keeping their hands warms. Chatting to friends and neighbors. It is part of our national psyche.
I had almost put all those memories out of my mind until I moved to Moscow and started playing hockey again. I had a great time. For one thing, the arenas are quite run down, so you get the feeling just from the building that it is 20-years ago.
Also, when you visit one of the many outdoor skating arenas around the city, the changing facilities are just like I remember as a kid. Lacing them up, heading out into the cold night, gulping down lung fulls of fresh air. Rosey cheeks and frozen toes. Heading in to warm-up, and then going back out again until they closed the outdoor rink for the evening.
Good clean fun.
Look at the photo - small dot upon the clouds is me.
To repeat this you just need to go about 100 km from Moscow to the small town Volokolamsk and visit avia-club.
4 hours of express training, 1000 rubles (~$30) and you will jump from 800 m from the plane with the automatic (w/o ring) parachute.
Equipment: Parachute D-2U was invented in late 30-s for army and considered to be the most reliable till now (99%). You shoud do nothing after jump - after 3...4 sec of fall rope will pull it out of the bag and you will see outscurts like from the giant big weel. ;-)))
(for this 1% left you will have an other parachute - smaller one on your paunch ;-)))
Thanks to Anna (pinik) for correct directions in VT forum:
I found the followind web-page: www.dropzone.ru/alferievo.shtml but its in Russian only.
It's written there that in case you are going by suburbian train (elektrichka) you should take the one that is going from Tushino station to Volokolamsk (it takes about 2 hours). Then on arriving to Volokolamsk take a bus (or even better marshrutka - a kind of mini-bus) going to Lotoshino - about 40 minutes. The stop is called Suvorovo. Then, turn back (to the direction from where the bus arrived) and look for the red-brick church - accross to the church there is a road that is going to the aerodrome (about 3km). It's also possible to take a taxi from the railway station to the place (Alferyevo).
Another variant is to take a bus from Tushino station that is going to Lotoshino, Mikoulino or Osheykino. But it's necessary to take a ticket at least 1 hour before the bus departure. Also go to the Suvorovo stop.
You may try to contact web-site authors by the e-mails from the first page (www.dropzone.ru/).
Hope it will help,