The official ceremony marking the opening of the “Noyabrsk” multifunctional stadium (with facilities including an artificial football pitch, running tracks and a martial arts centre) has taken place in the city of the same name. This project has been brought to fruition through the Gazprom Neft “Home Towns” corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme. The stadium’s opening was timed to coincide with celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the founding of Noyabrsk, as well as with International Oil Workers’ Day.
Alexander Dyukov, Gazprom Neft CEO and Chairman of the Management Board, took part in the ceremony, together with Acting Governor of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug Dmitry Kobylkin.
The martial arts centre is designed to provide six training sessions per day. Sportsmen have at their disposal two judo mats, weight-training machines, and a warm-up zone. The Noyabrsk multifunctional centre is equipped with seating for up to 1,000 spectators, and will be used throughout the year — in summer as a football pitch with the latest in artificial turf, and in winter as an ice rink for public skating, and hockey. The new sports complex is fully adapted to allow the disabled to take part in sporting activities.
Gazprom Neft has built a range of major sports facilities and easily accessible multifunctional sports grounds, as well as supporting and organising region-wide sporting competitions. “Zenit” sports complexes have been opened (and are now fully operational) in Noyabrsk, Muravlenko, Khanymey, Purpe and the Vyngapurovsy neighbourhood, and stadiums in Tarko-Sale and Murvalenko completely reconstructed.
Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov commented: “Gazprom Neft is completing the construction of seven major sports facilities throughout the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug in 2015. The Noyabrsk stadium, constructed under the auspices of our Home Towns programme, seamlessly complements local urban infrastructure. Yet another major project in the city will also come to fruition very soon. The opening of an ice palace — affiliated to the ‘Avangard’ hockey school — will allow us to complete the establishment of a wide-ranging complex of modern facilities, equipped with everything necessary for the most popular sports, by the end of the year — giving residents in this northern city the opportunity to engage in sporting activities with the most cutting-edge facilities.”
The Gazprom Neft “Home Towns” project brings together the company’s various CSR initiatives throughout those regions in which the company has a presence. Directed at improving living standards in these regions, the programme includes initiatives for neighbourhood enhancement, and for the development of children’s and public sports facilities, as well as programmes in education, health, and in preserving and supporting the culture of the indigenous populations of Northern Russia.