Construction began today (15 April) of Mongolia’s first ever winter sports palace. Mongolian President Kh.Battulga participated in the groundbreaking ceremony of the ‘Ice Palace’, which is located in the VIII Khoroo of Khan-Uul District of Ulaanbaatar. At the ceremony, Steppe Arena LLC promised to complete construction of the ‘Ice Palace’ within 16 months. The 5700 square meter structure is expected to open in 2021.
The ‘Ice Palace’ will have an Olympic-size frozen arena with 2600 seats. The ice rink can be used for all ice sports, including figure skating, curling, short track speed skating. In addition to being available for year-round use, it will be an all-purpose facility, which means that the ice rink can be transformed into a ‘dry arena’ with special elastic covers which will make it possible to be used for basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, boxing, wrestling, and taekwondo competitions. It can even be used for cultural events and concerts.