Building Name -: Karen Demirtchyan Sports And Concert Complex
Location -: Tsitsernakaberd Hill, Yerevan, Armenia
Architect -: group of Armenian architects: A. Tarkhanian,
S. Khachikyan, G. Pogosyan and G. Mushegyan
Supervisor -: Hamlet Badalyan (chief engineer) and I. Tsaturian,
A. Azizian & M. Aharonian.
Opening -: 1983
- The complex was opened in 1983 but forced to close within a year and a half after a fire in 1985. A renovation process took place until the end of 1987 when it was ready again to host concerts and sport events.
- In 1999, shortly after the assassination of the former speaker of the Armenian parliament Karen Demirchyan in the Armenian parliament shooting, the complex was renamed in honour of him, for his contribution in the construction and the renovation of the complex during the Soviet era.
- On October 9, 2005, the complex was sold for US$ 5.7 million to Russian BAMO Holding Company from Armenian Government The contract was signed between the and the . Two conditions were put forward by Armenian president Robert Kocharian: The name of the complex must not be changed and it must preserve its functional meaning.
- The renovation process took almost 3 years and its cost grew up to 42 million US dollars, thus turning the complex to a modern and a high level sports and concerts arena.
- On October 31, 2008, exactly after 25 years of its first inauguration, the second opening ceremony of the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex took place.
- In August 2014, due to the accumulated debts of the owners, the Government of Armenia transferred the ownership of the complex to the Ministry of Defense.
- In August 2015, the government of the Republic of Armenia decided to sell the complex to NTAA Investment Group LLC, which planned to spend 4 years turning the complex into a “family-oriented center” that will include “hotels, [an] indoor waterpark, concert halls, meeting rooms, restaurants, shops and a casino.
- Concept of this building is a bird, which seems to be trying to open its wings and fly high above the Armenian mountains.
- The building includes a turning tribune, which can receive up to 1200 people. It can also connect the two big halls revealing additional seating.
- a concept for which the architects were awarded the USSR State Prize -the highest of its kind- in 1987.
- Stairs along a cascade of fountains lead visitors to the Complex.
- Foyer – The very first thing that catches the eye as you enter the complex is definitely the foyer, which covers an area of 1300 square meters. Many corporative parties, exhibitions and presentations are being frequently organized there.
- Sports Hall – Sports Hall or the Big Hall covers an area of 3785 square meters and can receive up to 7000 people.Various shows, concerts and sport activities are held there.
- The Big Hall also includes an ice arena, which is known as “Ice Queen.” It covers an area of 1800 square meters and is open all year round for everyone. An hour on the ice costs 2000 dram. Visitors are also required to present their ID cards.
- Notably, in 2008 a figure skating school after Evgeni Plushenko was opened, and hopefully, the school teachers and instructors will reap the fruits of their hard work in the years to come.
- Concert Hall – Concert Hall or the Small Hall covers 1275 square meters and can receive 2000 people. It is equipped with the latest audio and light systems. In general, the hall hosts small concerts and corporative parties.
- Hayastan Conference Hall – Hayastan conference hall is provided with quiet and gentle lighting. It comes with modern equipment acquired from European Industrial companies. This hall is but absolutely perfect for not only scientific meetings, conferences and seminars, but also for international summits.
- Argishti Hall – Argishti Hall offers a great opportunity for banquets. It’s situated next to Hayastan Conference Hall.