The Kontinental Hockey League’s official inspection team has given the green light to the Astana Ice Palace – the new home of HC Barys. The stadium, which can accommodate 11,578 spectators, is part of a state-of-the-art multi-sport complex and was officially opened in August of this year by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev, but additional work had to be performed for the venue to meet the strict requirements set down in the League’s Technical Regulations.
The final inspection and approval, confirmed on Tuesday, means the arena stages its first KHL Championship game on Wednesday, 28th of October, when Barys welcomes the reigning champion, SKA Saint Petersburg.
Hockey Operations Vice President Georgy Kobylyansky gave his view after the final inspection: "We are delighted that yet another KHL club will now be playing its home games in a modern, spacious arena. The new Ice Palace in Astana satisfies all our requirements and can only arouse even greater interest in hockey among those who live in the Kazakhstan capital. I am sure that the festive atmosphere at the new arena will help the players and the fans to take maximum pleasure from the games. The Barys and SKA players had a practice skate here today, and they agreed that the arena is ready to make its debut tomorrow."