The Luzhniki sports center was constructed in 1955-1956, and for 50 years, it has been the largest sports venue in Russia. The opening ceremony was held on July 31, 1956, just before the USSR peoples’ Spartakiade. In later years, the facilities were rebuilt numerous times, but the last comprehensive reconstruction project took place 30 years ago - as Moscow venues were getting ready to the 1980 Summer Olympics.
In the summer of 2012, Magnum performed a full range of reconstruction works to get the venue ready for the 2013 World Athletics Championship. The Big sports arena, the training stadium of the South sports facility and the warm-up stadium of the North sports facility. Magnum experts performed the full range of works: design, track and field surface and sub-base removal, sub-base preparation, drainage system and Hauraton embedments installation for the referee stands, and the installation of the Mondo Sportflex SX 13.5 mm track and field surface, known as the ‘fastest’ surface in the world. This surface was used on the London Summer Olympics of 2012.
The first serious competitions were held in the summer of 2013: the IAAF Russian Challenge games (June 11) and the national track and field championship (June 22-25). The venue passed the IAAF certification and received the Class 1 certificate (unprecedented in Russia), and on August 10, it welcomed the most prominent world athletes at the World Cup.
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