Many cities can provide insight and entertainment through watching sport or taking part in sporting activities. There are many sporting spectacles to see in Russia’s capital city of Moscow such as the Olympic Stadium or the Luzhniki Stadium. Activities to try include ice skating and karting.
A visit to Moscow may not conjure up images of sporting fixtures or activities. Once you have visited the main tourist attractions such as the Kremlin, you may wish to explore a different side of Russia’s capital through sport.
Where To Take Part In Sporting Activities In Moscow
There are many different sporting opportunities to take part in on a visit to Russia. During the winter months outdoor ice rinks are set up around the city, including one in Red Square. Rollerdrome centres for skateboarding and rollerblading are also dotted around the city providing indoor skating whatever the weather. Other activities include paintballing, karting and there are also opportunities to hire yachts. If you are visiting Russia this summer to see the Rugby World Cup Sevens via a company such as Gullivers Travel, then it is worth asking their advice for sporting activities that you can take part in.
Where To Watch Sport In Moscow
There are a number of football stadiums in Moscow. These include the Dynamo Stadium home to FC Dynamo Moscow and the Lokomotiv Stadium home to FC Lokomotiv Moscow, but the biggest and most well known is the Luzhniki Stadium which is home to FC Spartak Moscow and seats just over 70,000 fans. The Russian Premier League generally runs from July to May with a winter break from December to March. The Luzhniki Stadium is one of a number of venues for the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013. Tours can be booked through Gullivers Travel. Moscow’s Ice Palace is also worth a visit as it hosts ice hockey matches and is home to CSKA Moscow. The Moscow Hippodrome is a large horse racing track and also hosts ice racing in the winter. There are also a number of great sports bars to watch a variety of sport. These include the Metelitsa Sportland, Liga Pap Bar and the Bobby Dazzler Pub.
The Olympic Stadium in Moscow, built for the 1980 Olympic Games, seats up to 80,000 people. The stadium may bring back iconic memories of the rivalry between middle distance runners, Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett at the 1980 Olympic Games. Now the venue hosts a number of different sporting fixtures such as the the tennis Kremlin Cup tournament and it has previously hosted the Davis Cup finals. Bandy World Championships, a team sport on ice popular in Russia and some Scandinavian countries, has also taken place here on several occasions.
Moscow provides a host of sporting spectacles to enjoy and activities to take part in. Watching popular sports such as ice hockey or joining the Russian people at a football match will enrich your stay in Moscow. Taking part in sport will give you additional insight and provide a memorable experience from Russia’s capital city.
Suzy Knight writes regularly on travel for a range of holiday websites and blogs. She has visited a number of European capital cities and sports events and on this occasion is writing on behalf of Gullivers Travel.