A new 12,500-seat multi-sport arena has officially opened in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The Humo Arena Sports Complex was officially opened by Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of Uzbekistan. The arena marks a signal of intent from the Uzbek government to establish itself on the global sporting stage as it seeks to host the 2030 edition of the Asian Games.

The venue includes a multi-functional ice arena, a training arena with 200 seats, gyms, a sports museum and other facilities. Smart and energy-efficient technology will be used throughout the arena.

The arena will host ice hockey, figure skating, short track skating and curling, as well as summer sports such as basketball, volleyball, futsal, kurash, boxing, fencing and taekwondo.

President Mirziyoyev said: “The launch of this modern ice complex is opening up a new stage in the history of Uzbek sport. I am confident that it will serve for training the highest-class athletes and organising major international competitions in Uzbekistan, most importantly – broadly attracting our youth to winter types of sports.”

The opening ceremony hailed the venue as one of the largest ice arenas in Central Asia.

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