The old indoor athletics facility at the Sportforum Lambrechtsgrund in Schwerin was burnt to the ground in March 2012, so track and field athletes from Sportgymnasium Schwerin, a nearby school, and the Schwerin Sports Club (SSV) were particularly pleased with the large and bright facility built in March 2014. Covering an area of approximately 3,500 square metres, the Olympic base was built in the immediate vicinity of the stadium rather than on the previous site. The training centre meets the requirements of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) with two 200m circular tracks, a six-lane 60m sprint track with ramp, a long-jump with two run-ups and an integrated triple jump, and a high jump/pole vault facility. The sports surface chosen to cover the entire floor space of the arena was the Polytan PUR high-speed solid synthetic surface. The sprint tracks are still in traditional red, contrasting nicely with the pea green circular running tracks. Martina Strutz, one of Germany’s most successful pole vaulters, and Gerd Wessig, high jump Olympic champion and now a coach, seemed to be delighted with the features of the Polytan sports surface when they toured the arena and held a training session there.
Installed: March 2014