Initially, the city was named Elizabethgrad named the fortress, which was founded in 1754. The fort was named in honor of St. Elizabeth. In 1784, the fortress was abolished.
In the city well-developed network of sports facilities. Works 9 youth sports schools, 3 stadiums, swimming pool, athletics arena. The city prepared a number of athletes, who became champions and prize-winners of the championships of Ukraine, Europe and the world.
Favorite vacation spot kropivnichan are parks – Kovalёvsky, arboretum and others.
The local football club “Star” stands in the Ukrainian Premier League.
There are 2 theaters, 1 cinema, local history and art museums, philharmonic. Today the city has Kirovograd Ukrainian Academic Music and Drama Theatre. M. Kropivnitskogo, puppet theater, student theater studio “Resonance”. Hall of Regional Philharmonic – one of the best in the Ukraine (890 seats). At its base the children’s philharmonic society. Concerts are also held in the City Palace of Culture. Kompaniets (550 seats). In it there are a lot of interesting bands. The four music schools, one art school and two arts allow all who wish to obtain an initial art education.