The Tatneft Arena Ice Palace is a multi-purpose sports and events venue. It’s one of the biggest and most well-equipped ice palaces in Russia and Europe. The facility was inaugurated during Kazan’s 1,000th anniversary celebrations.
The venue has two fully-featured ice rinks, each having independently operating infrastructure, general use facilities (locker rooms, makeup rooms, judges rooms, etc.), press centre and medical station. The venue also features a variety of dining options including coffee bars, café and restaurant.
Being the home arena for the Ak Bars Hockey Club, the ice palace regularly stages the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and Youth Hockey League (YHL) matches. Beyond that, the TNA TATNEFT Cup World Championships are held annually here. The venue also served as host for a number of sporting events such as the figure skating competitions and IIHF World U18 Championships (2008). Specifically for the 27th Summer Universiade, in 2013 the venue was re-equipped to host judo and sambo tournaments. The ice rink can be easily transformed into a concert hall. The Scorpions rock band, Swedish pop band Roxette and legendary British musician Sting played their gigs here.
In July-August 2015, the Tatneft Arena Ice Palace played host to the Opening/Closing Ceremonies of the 16th FINA World Championships. The Opening Ceremony’s official show, Pilgrim, was staged at the venue on a day-to-day basis during eight days.