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Minsk Arena

Minsk, Minsk

Home of the Dinamo Minsk HC

4.4

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Minsk Arena (map it)
praspiekt Pieramožcaŭ 111
Minsk, Minsk
Belarus


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Minsk Arena website

Year Opened: 2010

Capacity: 15,086

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It's Been a Long Journey

Minsk Arena is the home of Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) team Dinamo Minsk. It was opened officially in 2010, and it hosted the 2nd KHL all star game. The opening was also attended by ice hockey legends Vyacheslav Fetisov, Vladislav Tretiak, Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and IIHF President Rene Fasel.

Minsk Arena is the KHL’s largest arena, housing more than 15,000 spectators. It is also one of the most modern and high tech ice hockey arenas in the world. Special sensors monitor cable tension 24/7 and send data to specialists of the complex and their French partners. The arena’s 18 ton, eight-faced video cube with plasma screens is also Europe’s heaviest.

Minsk Arena recently hosted the IIHF 2014 World Championships which along with the Chizhovka arena also in Minsk helped Belarus break the attendance record for the competition.

Dinamo Minsk takes part in the Kontinental Hockey League and play in the Western Conference and Bobrov Division. They have been a part of the KHL since 2008 making the playoffs twice in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Dinamo Minsk, nicknamed the Bisons, were founded in 2003 after Tivali Minsk were disbanded and started off in the Belarusian Extraliga playing between 2003 and 2008. They have won the Belarus cup twice and the league once. Other honours include the Spengler cup which they won in 2009 beating the hosts HC Davos.

4.4

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

Minsk Arena offers a good selection of food and drink. Local Belarusian beer which is of a high standard is priced at 25,000 Belarusian rubles ($2.50) per 0.5L. Soft drinks are similarly priced. Food ranges from baguettes and sandwiches, which are priced at 35,000 Belrusian ruble (BYR) and hot dogs and burgers which are priced at 25,000 BYR. The menu is in Belarusian and Russian so for non speakers it might be hard to decipher, however people are keen to help easing the process.

There are many kiosks and seating available for fans so getting food and drinks is a quick process and it is all very well organised.

Atmosphere    5

There is not a bad seat in the house, action can be seen from low or high up in Minsk Arena. Seats are comfortable and have plenty of leg room. Stairs are wide and easy to navigate and concourses are very wide allowing for quick access and exit.

Cheerleaders and the mascot keep the crowd entertained during breaks in play and there is also a house DJ playing songs to keep the atmosphere going.

Minsk Arena is one of the loudest ice hockey venues going with constant chanting. The crowd noise is very high, helped by the very good acoustics in the arena, which also hosts music concerts. There is a fan section behind one of the goals where the fans never sit down. It is very impressive to watch them bounce in unison making the impression of a wave.

Neighborhood    4

Minsk is the capital of Belarus. A Visa is needed to enter the country and can be obtained at the Belarusian embassy. Minsk is one of the safest capital cities in Europe so you should rarely feel threatened, but like most cities still keep your wits about you as you travel about.

Time is best spent near the train station or a few metro stops to the north. Visiting the many churches, squares and museums is a must especially the World War II Museum, which shows the horrors of what the Belarusian people went through during that time. Lenin Square is a five minute walk from the train station, while Victory Square is a few metro stops away, both impressive places to see.

Good drinking spots are the 'Coyote Bar' and 'TNT Rock Club' where English is spoken or understood and both house a great atmosphere. For a more relaxing drink with a more local feel go to the 'Gambrinus Pub' which is a pub for real beer lovers. There are more than 100 varieties to choose from they serve good food here as well.

Fans    5

Dinamo Minsk fans turn up in their numbers for home games despite the most recent struggles in the KHL. They have one of the highest average attendances in the KHL and are one of the loudest. They are very passionate and knowledgeable about hockey and will engage in conversation, especially if they find out you are from out of town, as they do not get a lot of western tourists.

Access    3

The city of Minsk is very large, however there is an abundance of public transport options.

Bus No.1 goes from the train station to Minsk Arena and takes around 20-30 minutes at a price of 4000 BYR ($0.40).

There are also a lot of taxis around the train station. If you are staying at a hotel, then they can call ahead for a taxi. The English language is limited, so it is best to show your ticket to the game and ask how much it will be beforehand. The price from the station is around 50,000 BYR ($5).

The Underground/subway will take you closer than the centre, but not directly to the arena so I would recommend the taxi over the subway in most cases.

If you choose to drive, then there is a multi-story car park across the street from Minsk Arena which is available at a small charge. The road is busy, but there is an underpass so it is easily avoidable.

Tickets are automatically scanned at the front gates before going though a security check. The line moves fairly quickly, but I would advise getting to the stadium 30 minutes before the start of the game.

There are plenty of ramps and lifts for disabled access and there are many toilet facilities which are clean and easy to find.

Return on Investment    5

There are three categories of tickets for games in the KHL; one for Rivalry games, one for weekday games, and one for weekend games. Ticket prices range from anywhere between 17,000 BYR (which is amazingly just over $1) and 297,000 BYR for rink side seats (which is just under $30 dollars). You will find it difficult to watch ice hockey at this standard anywhere in the world for close to these prices. So this is an unbelievable value for the money. Mixed in with the amazing atmosphere, cheap accommodation, travel, food and drink prices, then this is definitely a wonderful value for your sporting dollars.

Extras    5

There are plenty of extras in Minsk Arena. The arena has over 42 glass VIP Boxes which can be booked.

Lockers for valuables can be purchased at a small price and there are Cloakrooms at every entrance on every concourse to store coats.

Fans can visit the many cafes and restaurants, VIP lounges with sofas and TV sets. A children's room is available for the younger guests of Minsk Arena.

The arena also offers guided tours at 20,000 BYR ($2), which allow fans to visit the Alley of Sport Fame, as well as to learn about the history of the venue.

Final Thoughts

Minsk Arena is one of the best venues I have visited and I highly recommend anyone to visit a Dinamo Minsk game if in the area. Minsk and Belarus might get an unfair rap in the media but I enjoyed my time there and would consider returning. You will not be disappointed.

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Coyote Bar  (map it!)

praspiekt Niezaliežnasci 117a

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+375 29 190-66-66

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TNT Rock Club  (map it!)

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