After leaving the IBC and walking in to the park, I got my first real good look at the mountains in the distance. Most days it has been too cloudy to see that far, but today was sunny and clear, and beautiful!
The Coastal Cluster contains six venues arranged in a circle with a diameter of about 1.2km and with the Olympic Torch in the centre. It is the most compact Olympic Games ever, with the remaining Mountain Cluster venues only 40 minutes away by bus.
Of the 6 coastal venues, only 3 are permanent structures that will remain after the games are done. The Ice Cube (curling) venue is one of the temporary structures. These venues will be taken down and moved to be re-used in other parts of Russia (probably with fewer seats installed).
The Bolshoy Ice Dome is a permanent facility that will be used for Hockey during the Olympics, and that will be used after the games as "an ultra-modern, world-class multi-purpose sports and entertainment centre".
Had to stop and take a photo of the Olympic Ring structure, especially with the Bolshoy Rings visible in the background!
The Shayba Arena will also be used for hockey during the Olympics but is another of the temporary venues that will be re-located after the games.
The Olympic Torch structure looks kind of like a space ship. Unfortunately, this is one of the few places in the entire park where there is some grass instead of concrete (and of course, you can't walk on it). There are fences everywhere, and I am sure they are necessary for crowd control and access control, but they are ugly (Beijing's Olympic Park was similar).
I certainly plan to get closer and get a better look at (hopefully from inside!) the Iceberg Skating Palace where both Figure Skating and Short Track Speed Skating will be held. This is the last of the temporary venues.