On 8 December 2002, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, accompanied by national association president Grigory Fedorov and Minister of Sport Evgeni Vorsin, opened a new football arena in Minsk, complete with an artificial pitch financed by Goal funds. The hall has a capacity of 3,000 and will be of particular importance during the winter months, when football normally comes to a standstill in Belarus
. Work on the arena began in October 2002 and was completed in December of the same year. The arena will be used for training sessions of the national teams, as well as for matches in the league championship. It will also be used for events in youth and women's football, sometimes with the support of other organisations. By using this new facility on a regular basis, the national association will be able to compensate for the lack of other suitable facilities around the country.