Sports complex of Kharkiv Polytechnic
Sports complex of Kharkiv Polytechnic
Kharkiv Sports complex of Kharkiv Polytechnic

Built thanks to the cooperation of students, professors, and institute personnel of the Kharkiv Polytechnic between 1985 and 1991, the sports complex became the site for practising over 30 different kinds of sport, as well as an Olympic training base and the only sports facility in Ukraine to receive the State Award in architecture.

Official status:
Not registered as monument
Sports complex
Date of destruction:

Before June 24, 2022. Photo:

The National Technical University ‘Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute,’ established in 1885, is the largest educational institution in Eastern Ukraine and the largest university in Kharkiv with 26,000 students. In addition to numerous departments, research institutions, and centres, it is not surprising that such a prominent educational institution also boasts a vast sports complex dubbed ‘POLITEKH.’


From 1985 through 1991, tens of thousands of students, hundreds of professors, and institute personnel collaborated on the construction of the building. Thus, a three-storey complex with a height of 16 metres and a total area of ​​8,602 m² was constructed on the grounds of Kharkiv’s park. It comprised two swimming pools, a game room, and specialised facilities for wrestling, table tennis, gymnastics, and aerobics. Also, the complex had a gym, a track and field hall, and a stadium with playgrounds for tennis, mini-football, football, and basketball. In general, the community of the Polytechnic Institute has developed space with all the essential conditions for practising over 30 different kinds of sport. 

After June 24, 2022. Photo:

In addition to physical education classes, students had the opportunity to train during extracurricular hours. Competitions between the institute’s teams or between the teams of different universities took place here. Moreover, Ukrainian national basketball, badminton, athletics, and other sports teams trained at this unique sports complex, which received the status of an Olympic training base. Also, ‘POLITEKH’ became the only sports facility in Ukraine to receive the State Award in architecture.


On the night of June 24, 2022, four months after the start of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, two Russian missiles hit the sports complex. The shelling severely damaged one of the buildings, and a fire broke out in an area of more than 200 metres.


For 35 years, Ukrainian students have improved their lives and physical well-being at ‘Politekh.’ Active and healthy young people grew up here, representing Ukraine in large-scale international sports arenas.


However, the site that once held memories may now turn into a memory itself.

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