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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Finding the Site and a Seat for All of the Action

Itar-TassJust opened in December, the Khodynka Ice Palace will be the main arena and host all of the playoff games, including the May 13 gold medal matchup.
Mytishchi and Khodynka are not normally the kinds of places that tourists go, but for two weeks the areas will be mini Meccas for the foreign hockey lover.

Here is a guide to getting to the stadiums and buying tickets that will hopefully be useful both for gosti stolitsy, or visitors to the capital, as tourists are often called, and for locals as well.

Khodynka

The Khodynka Ice Palace, which is located to the north of the city just off Leningradsky Prospekt, is the showpiece stadium for the championship. Opened only in December, it holds 14,000 fans and will host group matches as well as the semifinals and the gold and bronze medal games. It is so new that it may not have a telephone yet, a Russian hockey federation press service employee said at the end of March. They later found a number.

Khodynka is famous for being the site of a pre-revolutionary massacre, when 1,389 people were killed in a mass panic during celebrations to celebrate the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II.

Khodynka is not far from the city center, a mere eight kilometers away as the crow flies. Unfortunately, you will not be flying there, and Moscow traffic is notoriously bad. You might not end up stuck in a jam for 24 hours, as some poor motorists were one New Year's holiday a few years ago, but it may feel like it. The Moscow metro is the busiest in the world, but it might be worth the discomfort if you want to make sure you get there on time.

The stadium at Khodynka can be reached from either the Dynamo or Polezhayevskaya metro stations, which are on the Green and Purple lines, respectively. The stadium is about 1.6 kilometers from Dynamo and two kilometers from Polezhayevskaya. From there you can walk, get a taxi -- which should set you back 100 rubles to 200 rubles ($3.65 to $7.30) -- or catch the No. 48 bus from Polezhaevskaya.

A taxi from the city center should cost 200 to 400 rubles, depending on your spoken Russian, your haggling skills and the driver's need for cash.

There are rumors that the organizers might provide shuttle buses, but this remained just a rumor as of press time.

Ice Palace at Khodynskoye Pole. 3 Khodynsky Bulvar. Metro Dynamo. Tel. 643-1825.

Mytishchi


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Although older and a little bit harder to get to from the city center, Mytishchi arena will host games during the preliminary and qualifying rounds.


Mytishchi is a town in the Moscow region best known for the local factory that produces metro cars. It is a typical regional town, more concrete tower blocks than country idyll. Watch out for the gas taps monument near the stadium.

The Mytyshchi Arena has a capacity of 7,000 and is home ice for the Khimki hockey club. It was also the site of the Russian figure skating championships in January.

Mytishchi is not the easiest place to get to. A taxi from the center of Moscow will cost 800 to 1,000 rubles ($31 and $38). Alternatively, you can take the metro to station Medvedkovo on the Orange line and catch bus No. 169. A taxi from the metro station will set you back about 200 rubles.

Finally, you can catch a commuter train from Yaroslavsky Station (located near Komsomolskaya metro station) to Mytishchi Station.

From the station, take bus No. 1 or No. 11 to the stop called ZAGS, which means the local marriage registry office. You can also grab a taxi for 100 rubles. The stadium's web site has a good map on it: www.arena-mo.ru/about/map/

Tickets

Tickets are still available for all of the games, although first round contests involving Russia are likely to sell out. Tickets for individual games are sold at the two stadiums. Prices start at 450 rubles for third category and go up to 3,060 rubles for the gold category. Most agencies have added on an extra fee. Official prices can be found at the championship's official site at www.ihwc2007.fhr.ru.

The ticket agency is FTA (www.foota.ru). It charges 2.5 percent if you want to pay by credit card.

Another option is www.ihwctix.com, which is the only web site that allows you to buy tickets in real time. It also has help numbers in Russia, Denmark, Finland and the United States and a lot of useful information. Tickets cost from $25 to $125.

Officially, packages of tickets are not for sale anymore, but various ticket agencies are selling them at inflated prices. Sport-bilet.ru recently was selling package of three games in the first round for 2,000 to 10,000 rubles. A package of eight games including the final costs 20,000 to 100,000 rubles. Sport Tiket ((www.sport-tiket.ru) was selling individual tickets from 450 to 3,060 rubles and packages from 1,350 to 6,125 rubles, prices which are virtually the same as the nominal price.