"Alau" – a new forge for records
The 7th winter Asian games gave Kazakhstan’s capital three unique facilities. Ice Palace "Alau" is one of them. Can “Alau” inherit the glory of “Medeo”, which was famous through the Soviet Union and beyond its borders as a forge of records? To answer that question, we have to understand why a need for a new speed skating stadium in Astana was born.
The fate of the alpine sports complex was being decided when the rink was on edge of its 40 year anniversary. And, unfortunately was not in the best technological condition. "Medeo" could no longer boast about its previous merits and reassure of its status as a forge for world records. Sports technologies took a big step forward and "Medeo" at that time was a veteran amongst world rinks.
A Kazakhstan legend – Highland Sports Complex "Medeo" has not only aged in the technological sense, it can no longer conform to international standards. The requirements for holding speed skating competitions changed. Speed skating competitions can be held in highland as well as lowland arenas, but the rink must be covered. Athletes must be provided with equal conditions, which are impossible on open rinks.
Before the start of the 2011 Asian Games the only correct decision was made. "Medeo" was reconstructed and a covered speed skating stadium was built in Astana. Construction work of Ice Palace "Alau" started in 2007 and continued for four years. The building process was done by a Turkish company "Sembol".
Everything took its place. The country now has two stadiums. "Medeo" is an unsurpassed site for conducting training musters in the midlands. The Astana rink – a modern structure for conducting competitions on the highest level, on the fastest ice.