Penza, 20 November 2014. PenzaNews. The construction of martial arts sports palace on 40 Let Oktyabrya street in Penza is nearing completion, announced Valentin Kyachman, the chairman of the regional sports committee.
According to him, the new completion date is November 27.
“Now the object will be reviewed by a special committee composed of all technical services. The date of the official opening ceremony is not yet set: however, we plan to open it for sportsmen and regular citizens in January,” internet-service “Penza-Sport” quotes Valentin Klyatchman.
As PenzaNews agency reported earlier, the city saw three possible areas for the new sports palace: by “Biosintez” factory, on Zapadnaya Polyana, or in Ternovka. In the end, it was decided to construct it on 40 Let Oktyabrya street.
In 2011, it became known that the construction will cost around 527 million rubles. In the same year, Vasily Bochkarev stated the importance of the martial arts palace for the city to make teenages “go out of the basement” where most martial arts schools were located.
The construction began in May 2011, with a plan to complete it in 2013.
The construction site many times attracted attention of law enforcement officers. In July 2011, a 58 year old electrician died after stepping onto an electrified construction rail. Moreover, the police have revealed numerous cases of employment of illegal immigrants.
The martial arts sports palace became the main topic of discussion during the meeting of the head of the region with Alexander Karelin, the three-times Olympic champion in Greco-Roman wrestling, in October 2012.
In the end of 2012, the chairman of the regional sports committee Artur Panteleev expressed his belief during a press conference that the object will be completed in time – that is, in 2013: however, he admitted that the construction work is still underway.
In December 2013, the authorities decided to construct the martial arts sports palace using a 24-hour schedule.
In March 2014, the chairman of the regional sports committee Valentin Klyachman stated the new completion date and said that the palace will be open to public in November.
The potential of the new palace for training the top-level wrestlers was the main topic of discussion between the governor Vasily Bochkarev and the President of MMA Mixed Martial Arts Union of Russia Fedor Yemelyanenko, who visited Penza on May 16.