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One of the largest volleyball centres in Siberia opens ahead of FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship 2022


The Regional Volleyball Centre, which will host FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship 2022 matches, opened today in Siberia, Russia. The centre will also become the new home of local volleyball club and reigning Russian Champions, VC Lokomotiv Novosibirsk. 

The newly-opened volleyball centre becomes one of the largest sports venues in Siberia with a capacity of 5,000 spectators. Construction began in the summer of 2018 and was completed in the beginning of September 2020. Now, this state-of-the-art multifunctional venue, which boasts main competition and training halls, LED screens and TV panels for an incredible fan experience, is international competition ready.

To celebrate the opening of this new facility, an official opening ceremony was held with a number of VIP guests. In addition, VC Lokomotiv Novosibirsk played their first-ever Russian Super League match at the Regional Volleyball Centre against Russian Cup holders and ten-time Russian Championship winners VC Zenit-Kazan. The fight was not just for Super League points, but also for the chance to win the 2020 VTB Super Cup, in memory of Nikolai Mikheev. The winner was determined by a tie-break, with Zenit Kazan beating their hosts 3-2 (25-18, 22-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-9). Bartosz Bednorz secured 27 points to become the highest scorer of the match, and helped Zenit Kazan to win the Super Cup for the eighth time.

An official opening ceremony was held with a number of VIP guests, including the Minister of Sport of Russia Mr Oleg Matytsin

Despite spectator limitations due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the team still drew energy from the incredible support of their fans during the match, while its head coach Plamen Konstantinov was recognised as last season’s best coach of the Men’s Russian Volleyball Super League.

More high-level league matches will be played at the arena, including the CEV Champions League, ahead of the FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championships 2022. 

Following the opening ceremony, the General Director of the Organizing Committee Volleyball 2022 (ANO) Roman Stanislavov said:

“I am delighted that the Regional Volleyball Centre has now opened, and I have no doubt that it will greatly benefit Novosibirsk and the whole region of Siberia. I am sure that this venue will become a regional hub not only for volleyball, but for sport and an active society in general.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the Russian Ministry of Sports and Russian Volleyball Federation for their constant support during the construction of the centre. I am sure that the venue will be an excellent host for the FIVB Volleyball World Championship 2022 and also serve as a training ground for volleyball players of all ages in the region, ensuring more and more people are involved in this beautiful sport.”

With VC Lokomotiv Novosibirsk focusing on the development of local talent, the club has been strengthened by graduates of the club’s volleyball school as six players now represent the club. The club is also planning to relocate its school to the venue and acquire School of the Olympic Reserve status.

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