Traktor Arena Damaged by Meteor


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Last night’s meteor that struck Chelyabinsk, Russia, has damaged the Traktor Chelyabinsk’s arena. The KHL is doing an inpection now before a decision can be made whether Traktor can host the first round of the playoffs.

Press release via KHL’s Facebook page below.

The meteor shower which struck Chelyabinsk and its environs has also caused some disruption to the hockey season schedule. The emergency services have confirmed that the walls of the Arena Traktor were among those structures to suffer damage, and therefore large-scale events at the stadium have been postponed.

The sporting facilities will undergo an inspection by experts to assess the readiness of the arena to return to full operational use.

The results of the assessment will be made public on Monday, after which it will become clear whether the Chelyabinsk club can stage the first games of the play-offs. The knockout stages of the Gagarin Cup get underway on Wednesday, and as Traktor is already assured of a top four place in the Eastern conference, the team is due to start the play-offs with home games on the 21st and 22nd of February.

At this time, the meteor shower has not affected Traktor’s schedule, as the Chelyabinsk men finish their regular season campaign with a trip on the road to Magnitogorsk on Sunday. However, three events -today’s and tomorrow’s Youth Hockey League games between Belye Medvedi of Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk’s Stalnye Lisy and Saturday’s planned opening of the Traktor’s museum – have had to be postponed.

  • Yv

    Hockey rules). I think RMNB was among the first in timely informing about meteor explosion in Chelyabinsk. I read it immediately when you posted about it, while looking for your traditional game blog. From my view you have reported it in USA probably 4-6 hours ahead of all major media outlets. This event becomes #1 in news, just look on Google news and already in Wikipedia. And, it seems, that in early reporting like on CNN, they used your video links.

  • hmm internet ate my reply…

    RMNB was definitely the first..saw it last night and when I searched for any other info the only link that came up was this one. Woke up to the media finally getting tuned in…great job on getting the story first and keeping us updated.