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Two of the most vibrant places to experience the Olympic atmosphere this summer are bound to be Perks Field and the nearby Albert Memorial Lawns – as that’s where the fun-loving Russians are planning to base themselves with Russia Sochi Park.
Russians are known for their marvellous hospitality and this looks set to be no exception, with little expense spared in offering visitors a fantastic experience.
Among the highlights that will be found in the west of Hyde Park are a covered ice rink with a capacity of 1,200. Up to two ice shows will take place each day, featuring former Olympic champions, and the rink is also expected to be available for public use. See our review of the ice show here!
There will be plenty of other attractions as well to guarantee a good time whether or not you have a Russian passport, including a large cultural pavilion and visitor attraction. It is estimated that between 9,000 and 11,000 people will visit each day of the games.
The main focus for Russia Sochi Park is to celebrate a healthy participation in sport, with dedicated areas for all ages to take part, as well as famous Russian athletes past and present offering masterclasses.
“We would like to increase the number of people who participate in sport and engage in a healthy lifestyle,” said Akhmed Bilalov, Vice President of the Russian Olympic Committee.
There will also be a chance to watch the Olympic action on huge screens, as well as fashion shows, folk music and no shortage of delicious traditional Russian food. You may even be able to rub shoulders with Russian diplomats like Prime Minister Vladimir Putin!
The Perks Field venue sits on royal land – next to Kensington Palace – and is currently used for football matches, archery and school events. It also has a helicopter landing pad – very convenient for the likes of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and his fellow oligarchs, should they want to drop by.
You’ll have to look elsewhere however if you plan on indulging in vodka and other Russian adult beverages, as officials maintain that this royal base will be an alcohol-free setting.