The first hockey game was held at the Ice Palace in Irkutsk December 30, 2011

The long-awaited game had Irkutsk "Olympia" and Angara "Ermak". But first on the artificial ice send young figure skaters. Now they have the opportunity to train year-round.

After greeting came on the ice hockey players. The first period otygryli athletes with a tie score. A second serious struggle began. Friendly match ended in favor of Irkutsk — 6:2. After the game, the team went on a series of shoot-shoot. Here, luck was on the side of "Ermak", but eventually won the friendship.

Construction of ice arena began in 2000 at the expense of the city budget, but the work was stopped due to lack of funding. In 2011, the Ice Palace is among the facilities being built for the 350th anniversary of Irkutsk. Work on the construction resumed at the expense of the regional budget after being sent to the regional property. And to be completed in the summer of 2012.

The actual commissioning of the Ice Palace is scheduled for the end of March 2012. Minister of Construction and Roads Irkutsk region Alexander Oreshkov said at the closing session of this year's Council of Irkutsk, that actually the Ice Palace will be put into operation at the end of March next year. The Minister said that work on the site has not yet been completed, and a hockey game, scheduled for December 30, is revealing. Accomplishment of the building is fully completed only by July. According to the minister, the documentation for additional work at the Ice Palace handed over for examination only three weeks ago, roughly for these purposes will need to spend 150 million rubles.

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