Located on the right bank of the Kazanka River, the Aquatics Palace is one of the largest indoor sports venues in Russia. The facility was constructed in the lead-up to the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan.
The venue is primarily designed to stage sporting events in aquatic sports such as swimming, synchronised swimming, diving and water polo. However, due to its unique adjustable bottom, the venue can be used as a multi-functional sports venue to host team sports and martial arts competitions.
The building consists of 3 pools: a 33х25m pool basin for diving with a maximum operating depth of 5.5 m; a 50х25m pool basin for synchronised swimming with a maximum operating depth of 3.0 m; a 50х25m practice pool with an operating depth of 2.2 m. All swimming pools are equipped with viewing windows for coaches to follow athletes’ progress, as well as for photo and video shooting. There is a dry land training facility, massage rooms, gyms, press centre and other utility rooms required to host competitions.
The Aquatics Palace has been open to the public since October, 2013. The venue offers health-improving opportunities across 18 sports and physical activities such as aquatic sports, boxing, ballroom dancing, contemporary dance, wushu, chess and yoga.
After being commissioned, the Aquatics Palace hosted a number of high-profile international sporting events, among them the FINA Diving Grand Prix (2013), swimming, synchronised swimming and diving tournaments of the 27th Summer Universiade (2013), Four Nations Diving Meet (2013), Russia vs Serbia World League water polo match (2014), FINA/NVC Diving World Series (2015), and 16th FINA World Championships (2015), leg of the FINA Swimming World Cup (2018, 2021), Tatarstan President’s Cup International Diving Competitions (2020, 2021), Solidarity Games multidisciplinary international competitions in swimming, artistic swimming, and diving, etc. National championships in swimming, diving and synchronised swimming are held here on a regular basis as well.
Based on the results of 2014, the Aquatics Palace was recognised as the best swimming pool of Russia and was awarded a diploma and special prize on behalf of Sports Facilities Magazine’s Experts Council and Sport Minister of Russia.