On September 8, 2013 at the Shayba Arena in Sochi, the first of two exhibition games between women`s ice hockey teams Russia and Canada took place.
Team Canada defeated Team Russia — 6:1.
Once the game had finished, the players and teams officials shared their impressions of the match and the Olympic venue.
Natalie Spooner, forward, best player of the game (Canada)
“It's great to be here and definitely get the first game, great to see Russian team. They were definitely a lot better than they used to be, so it gave us a tough game”
“The facility is really nice, the dressing rooms and the rink, so I think it'll be great when it gets full for the Olympics”
Dan Church, head coach (Canada)
“The arena is a phenomenal venue, it's great in terms of hosting all the teams at the Olympics, both of men's and women's programs. I think there will be very comfortable at this rink. It will be a great venue for fans to watch great hockey as well”
Alexey Yashin, general manager (Russia)
“I have great impression of the whole Olympic park. We had an opportunity to take a look at the Adler-Arena as well – it`s fantastic! The Bolshoy palace in which the men`s national teams will play is fantastic. The quality of the Olympic village is imressin in comparison with other Olympic games. Everything is done fot athletes to show the best results!”
Notes to the Editor
The Shayba Arena is made to look like a snowdrift. It would be impossible to imagine a game of ice hockey without a "shayba" or puck. The name precisely portrays the purpose of the venue. In addition, for Russians, the cry "Shaybu!" is a universal and recognizable way of supporting hockey teams at various tournaments. Therefore, this name highlights the character of the "Russian" Winter Games.
The height of the Shayba Arenais 22.8 m, its capacity is 7,000 spectators. The venue will host Olympic ice hockey competitions and Paralympic ice sledge hockey competitions.
During the pouring of the first cubic meter of concrete, the construction workers laid a symbolic hockey puck at the foundation of the arena.