Ekaterinburg City Hall

On July 5, 1900, on a land lot near Verkh-Isetsky Ironworks the first city bicycle track was built, which opened up a half year later. What made the idea possible was an interest-free loan of 500 roubles provided by merchant Kamaletdin
Agafurov to the Сyclist Community. The use of the bicycle track served as a development springboard for other types of sports venues as well: ten years after its
opening, it had three soccer fields, just as many lawn tennis courts, and croquet
fields as well.
In 1928, the wooden Lenin Ural Regional Stadium appeared at the bike track’s
location and in 1936 it was given into the possession of Metallurg Vostoka
(Eastern Metallurgist) Sports Society. During the post-war years, the popularity
of the idea grew to have a stadium with a larger capacity. The main sports arena
of Central Stadium was built by 1956 based on a project developed by architect
Nikulin and improved upon by employees of the Ural branch of Promstroyproekt
(“Industrial Construction Project”) Vasilyev and Vladimirsky. This was one
of the best sports complexes in the country with a capacity of up to 27,000 spectators. A whole array of world and Union-wide competitions took place there:
speed skating world championships, the winter Spartakiad (School Olympics)
finals of the peoples of the USSR, and sportsmen fought to win the title for being
the best at light athletics, soccer, hockey, and motorcycle racing.
In the beginning of the 21st century, the stadium underwent a series of reconstructions. The latest concluded in 2017 within the bounds of preparation
for the FIFA World Cup. The light athletics tracks were removed, the stadium was
remade exclusively for football, and the capacity of the stadium reached as much
as 35,000 people.

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