08 November, 2013
As a student at Liden & Denz and living close to the intersection of Kollontai street (улица Коллонтай) and Prospect Bolshevikov (Проспект Большевиков), one of the first things I noticed when arriving here was the large hockey arena near the metro station. Quickly, found out that this arena is the home turf of the Saint Petersburg hockey team known as SKA (СКА), which translates literally to Sports club of the Army (Спортивный клуб армии). The team is one of the most popular of Russian hockey teams and it’s easy to notice on game day. No matter where you are in the city on game day, you will see at least one (or in many cases a large group) fan wearing the team’s blue and red colors, usually on their way to the arena.
The team was founded as early as 1946 under the name Kirov LDO, but later changed its name numerous times until becoming SKA in 1959. At this time, the team was part of the Ministry of Defense Sports Club System and like its Moscow counterpart, was comprised of military officers. The team had mixed success in the Soviet league, having been downgraded and upgraded in their league standing a number of times, and unfortunately, they have never competed in a league final. Today, the team plays in the KHL (Континентальная хоккейная лига) and in the 2012-2013 season, won the Continental Cup, having the most points in the regular season.
Tickets are pretty cheap and hockey games never disappoint in delivering excitement! Buy some team apparel and be sure to go to a game when you visit SPB!