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Air Club

AIR CLUB was founded in St. Petersburg in 1908 to contribute to the development of aeronautics. As of 1909, it became the Imperial All-Russian Air Club (IARAC), a member of the International Aviation Federation

Athletic Clubs

ATHLETIC CLUBS are public or private organisations, for both amateur and professional athletes. The first athletic clubs appeared in Russia in the middle of the 19th century and united a few enthusiastic amateurs

Balyberdin V.S., (1949-1994), mountaineer

BALYBERDIN VLADIMIR SERGEEVICH (1949-1994), mountaineer, Merited Master of Sports of the USSR (1982). He was the first Russian mountaineer to climb Mount Everest (3-9.5.1982), a К-2 peak (Pakistan)

Belov A.A., (1951-1978), basketball-player

BELOV ALEXANDR ALEXANDROVICH (1951, Leningrad 1978, ibid.), Merited Master Of Sports of the USSR (basketball). In 1967-78 Belov played for Spartak Leningrad. He was an Olympic champion (1972)

Botvinik M.M. (1911-1995), chess-player

BOTVINIK Mikhail Moiseevich (1911, Kuokkala - 1995), chess-player, International Grand Master (1950). He graduated from Leningrad Polytechnic College (1932). Botvinik won the world champion title five times (1948, 1951, 1954, 1958 and 1961)

Butusov Brothers, football players

BUTUSOV BROTHERS, football players. Vasily Pavlovich Butusov (1892-1971), started playing football in 1906 for the team of the 2nd Real School; in 1911-1922 played for UNITAS club; he was the centre forward (voted the nation's best before 1917)

Chigorin M.I., (1850-1908), chess-player

CHIGORIN MIKHAIL IVANOVICH (1850, Gatchina - 1908), the founder of the Russian chess school. In 1859-68 was brought up in Gatchina Orphan Boarding School of Emperor Nicholas I (today, 25 Oktyabrya avenue, No. 2; memorial plaque)

Dementyev Brothers, football players

DEMENTYEV BROTHERS, football players. Peter Timofeevich Dementyev (nicknamed Peka) (1913, St. Petersburg - 1998), Merited Master of Sports (1946), right midfielder


HIPPODROMES. A hippodrome was built in 1861 in the north part of Krasnoe Selo (where in 1772 the first races in Russia were held) L.N. Tolstoy described it in his novel Anna Karenina (after 1945, a municipal forest park was laid out there)

Ice Palace

ICE PALACE (1 Pyatiletok Avenue). A sports structure opened on 18 October 2000. Built according to the plans by the Moscow Scientific Research Institute for Objects of Culture, Recreation, Sport, and Health

Kirov Stadium

KIROV STADIUM (25 Yuzhnaya Road), the largest sports facility of St. Petersburg. The construction began in 1933 (the project was approved in 1937) by the summer of 1941 most early works were finished

Kondrashin V.P. (1929-1999), coach

KONDRASHIN Vladimir Petrovich (1929, Leningrad, 1999, St. Petersburg), Merited Coach of the USSR (basketball). In 1967-95 head coach of Spartak team (Leningrad), in 1970-76 senior coach of the USSR national team

Nabutov V. S.(1917-73), sports commentator

NABUTOV Viktor Sergeevich (1917-1973), sportsman, radio and television commentator, master of sports (1934). In 1947 he graduated from the Leningrad Electro-Technical Institute however from 1936 he was already playing for the Dinamo football team as

Panin-Kolomenkin N.A. (1871-1956), sportsman

PANIN-KOLOMENKIN (real name Kolomenkin) Nikolay Alexandrovich (1871-1956, Leningrad), athlete, coach, Merited Master of Sports (1940). He lived in St. Petersburg since 1885. He graduated from Department of Mathematics and Mechanics of St

Peterburgsky Sport Concert Complex

PETERBURGSKY SPORT CONCERT COMPLEX (8 Yury Gagarin Avenue). One of the biggest sport complex structures in the country. Built in 1980 (architects I.M. Chaiko, N.V. Baranov, F.N. Yakovlev, engineer L.V

Petrovsky Stadium.

PETROVSKY STADIUM (2 Petrovsky Island), built in 1957-61 (architect N.V. Baranov, O.I. Guryev, and V.M. Fromzel). In 1924-25 the wooden V.I. Lenin Stadium was built here (architect I.G

Physical Education and Sports (entry)

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORTS. Russian amateur athletic activities date back to the first yacht club in Russia Nevsky Fleet, founded in 1718 by the order of tsar Peter the Great (see Yacht Clubs). In 1827 a swimming school was opened on the Neva

Rowing Clubs

ROWING CLUBS. The rowing activities began in St. Petersburg upon the foundation of Nevsky Flot club by Tsar Peter the Great in 1718. Later the so-called popular rowing was separated from athletic professional rowing

Skating Rinks

SKATING RINKS. Natural skating rinks on the Neva River and other ponds have been being arranged in St. Petersburg since the beginning of the 18th century. The first public skating rink was opened in 1865 in Yusupovsky Garden as the skating rink of

Sokov V.A., (1912-1944), draught-player

SOKOV VASILY ALEXANDROVICH (1912-44), draught-player, Russian draught master (1934), Leningrad champion (earned first of many titles in 1932), USSR champion (1938-41). Sokov lived in Leningrad since 1925


SPEEDWAY (71 Moris Thorez Avenue; 67 Jaques Duclos Street), an industrial sports facility, opened in 1964. The sporting part consists of a 400-meter cinder track, and a 64 x104m field for paintball. The seating capacity is 10,000

Sport Palaces (entry)

SPORT PALACES. Sheltered structures where sport competitions and large-scale events are held. In St. Petersburg, almost all sport palaces are have universal functions, with a temporary arena that can be transformed, for example

Sports and Recreation Facilities (entry)

SPORTS AND RECREATION FACILITIES, buildings for various sports, belonging to sports clubs, enterprises, establishments, etc. Among them are ranked: the Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex, the Ice Palace, the Palaces of Sport, stadiums

Sports Schools

SPORTS SCHOOLS for Children and Youth, training high-level sportsmen. First opened in Leningrad in the middle of the 1950s. The Specialized Sports Schools for Olympic Reserves were formed in the 1960s for the purpose of training sportsmen of the

Stadiums (entry)

STADIUMS. By the beginning of the 20th century, there were several sport-grounds and football fields in St Petersburg. The Lenin Stadium (1925; now Petrovsky) was Leningrad's first. In 1950, the Kirov Stadium was opened

Swimming Pools (entry)

SWIMMING POOLS (sports). In the 19th century swimming pools in the city existed only in some bathhouses, e.g. Voroninskie Bathhouse (architect P.Y. Suzor). In 1914-16 the first swimming pool facility in Russia was built for Boys' School No 1

Troitsky A.A., (1866-1942), chess-player

TROITSKY ALEXEY ALEXEEVICH (1866, St. Petersburg, 1942, Leningrad) is inventor of chess exercises, honoured art worker (1928). He graduated from Forestry Institute (1897)

Velodromes (entry)

VELODROMES. The first velodrome in St. Petersburg with the seating capacity of 10,000 spectators was opened in 1895 on the Kamenny Island; for a short period cycle tracks functioned in Strelna

Yacht Clubs (entry)

YACHT CLUBS. Nevsky Flot (Nevskaya Flotiliya) was the first yacht club in Russia. It was founded by order of tsar Peter the Great on 12.4.1718 and had its own flag. It was given 141 small ships "to entertain people" in perpetual tenure

Zenit, football club

ZENIT, football club. Established in May 1925, under the name of Stalinets (from 1940 - Zenit). Zenit FC participated in the USSR championships from 1936 (from 1938 off and on in the major league)