Hockey

Clubs
 
Belarus hockey season runs from late August to March-April. The most popular in the capital is hockey club , which plays in the - the Russian version of the NHL, uniting teams from Kazakhstan, Belarus, Latvia, Russia, Slovakia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland.
 
Home matches are played at Minsk Arena. Despite the failure to deliver good results, Dinamo is considered to be the pride of the CHL and its calling card. Whenever Dinamo plays in Minsk, the home arena is almost always full, with fans passionately supporting their team. Minsk Arena is one of the ten most visited ice hockey venues in Europe. The home matches played by Dinamo Minsk in the CHL are undoubtedly the main sports attraction in Belarus.
 
Unfortunately, there is a downside of this marketing and branding success of Belarusian ice hockey. The task to make Dinamo Minsk the basic team of Belarusian ice hockey was failed by the team leaders. Many Belarusian fans reckon the dominance of legionnaires and the weak national championship are behind the stagnation in Belarusian ice hockey in recent years as every effort is put into the CHL games. As a result, Team Belarus struggled to survive in the ice hockey international elite during the past several world championships. In 2013, it failed the qualification for the right to participate in the Olympic Games in Sochi.
 
Another popular local team  plays in the National Championship. Built for the 2014 World Ice Hockey Championship Čyžoŭka Arena has become the new home stadium for the team. Yunost's youth teamYouth team takes part in  - a mini-CHL for junior teams from Russia and other countries.
 

Where to play hockey
 
To rent an ice hockey arena, you should directly ask the administration of Minsk ice hockey arenas and stadiums. By the way, there you can also learn where you can just go skating or rollerblading and where to play curling, volleyball, tennis, badminton, table tennis (Minsk Arena).
 
There is also .

Minsk-Arena

Minsk-Arena
Minsk Arena is a multifunctional sports and entertainment complex, which is located on the outskirts of the city at the end of Pieramožcaŭ avenue. The ice hockey stadium, which accommodates 15,000 spectators, was the third largest ice hockey arena in Europ at the time of construction (2009 ). The arena is the most comfortable and modern sports venue in Belarus. It is no wonder that Minsk residents love to watch Dinamo Minsk games in CHL. In 2013, the attendace record was set during the Champions League handball match between Dinamo Minsk and Barcelona, when officials recorded 15,321 viewers. There are also a velodrome and a skating rink at the Minsk-Arena complex. You can skate, rollerblade, play tennis, table tennis, badminton, rent a pitch for basketball, volleyball or football. This is also the only place in Belarus where you can play curling.  
Показать больше Показать на карте
  • Address: 111 Pieramožcaŭ Ave
  • Contact data: + 375 (17) 254-77-36
  • Website: Minsk-Arena

Čyžoŭka-Arena

Čyžoŭka-Arena
This arena is named after one of the oldest bedroom communities in Minsk. The multifunctional complex was built on the picturesque banks of the Čyžoŭski reservoir. In order to clear way for the construction site, part of the park named after the 900th anniversary of Minsk had to be chopped off nad low-rise buildings in the area had to be demolished. The other part of the park was reconstructed. Residents of Čyžoŭka got a new landmark and more opportunities to pass their free time. According to the city authorities, the arena will be an entertainment center for residents of the surrounding districts.
Показать больше Показать на карте
  • Address: 19 Taškienckaja St.
  • Contact data: +375 17 345-48-23 (ticket office)
  • Website: Čyžoŭka-Arena

Ice Palace

Ice Palace
Youth team Yunost Minsk hosts international matches at the Ice Palace. In the 1990s, this building was built specifically for the hockey team Tivali Minsk. However, the team had ceased to exist long before the construction was finished. Then area was the home stadium for the popular Minsk club Keramin (named after the eponymous factory that produce ceramics), but the club ceased to exist in 2010. What the future holds for other Belarusian ice hockey clubs is unknown. Whether they exist and participate in varioys competitions or not largely depends on the mood of the head of state and the economic situation in the country.
Показать больше Показать на карте
  • Address: 27 Prytyckaha St. (Metro station Spartyŭnaja)
  • Contact data: 375 29 251-33-80
  • Website: Ice Palace

Palace of Sports

Palace of Sports
MBuilt in 1966, Minsk Palace of Sports was the most important sports arena for the Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic and later for the independent Belarus. Today this building is interesting for its architecture. Similar designs can be spotted in Vilnius (Lithuania) , Chelyabinsk and Volgograd (Russia),  and Dnepropetrovsk (Ukraine) . Currently, it is mainly used for concerts and for international basketball, handball and volleyball matches. The area near the Palace of Sports will be operating as the official fan zone during Ice Hockey World Championship.
Показать больше Показать на карте
  • Address: 4 Pieramožcaŭ Ave (Metro station Niamiha)
  • Contact data: 375 17 203-47-33, +375 17 203-27-33 (ticket office)
  • Website: Palace of Sports