Russian Soccer Complex — Press Release

Largest frameless steel building in the world hosts first soccer game

Massive BEHLEN-manufactured building holds international-sized soccer pitch

Brandon (MB) – November 12, 2014

After months of manufacturing and construction, the largest frameless steel building in the world hosted its first soccer game on November 8. Manufactured by BEHLEN Industries LP (BEHLEN) in Brandon, Manitoba, the structure holds a FIFA certified, international-sized soccer field and bleachers.

“At BEHLEN, our unique building system made this structure possible,” said BEHLEN Industries vice-president and general manager, Sean Lepper. “We made history with this sports facility, and it is incredibly rewarding to see our vision standing tall and ready to be used by eager soccer teams.”

The soccer facility held its first game on November 8, which was attended by more than 3,000 people including the president of the Football National League: Igor Efremov. Players and spectators alike praised the new facility.

BEHLEN was founded in 1969 and has grown to be the largest manufacturer of steel building systems in Canada. The recently opened sports facility has clear spans 313’ wide, without any columns to obstruct views. The whole structure measures 313’ wide, 75’ tall and 400’ long. Constructed with an engineered panel system, BEHLEN has eliminated the need for structural steel. The building’s convex-style roof design helps provide the necessary rigidity while saving on time, labour and materials. The building components were manufactured in Brandon, then transported and erected in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.

“BEHLEN buildings are perfect for large, obstacle-free interior spaces. They are a favorite for arenas, warehouses, airplane hangars and more,” said Lepper. “Our designs are flexible and our building system creates very little construction waste.”

Over the past 40 years, BEHLEN Industries LP has grown to be the largest manufacturer of steel building systems in Canada. It now serves customers worldwide through a growing network of authorized builders and continues to earn a reputation as a global leader.


Rosa Villamizar
Marketing Manager
BEHLEN Industries LP
p. (204) 578-3739