Playing venues: 12 Matches: 65 Teams: 32 Opening match: Luzhniki Stadium, Final: Luzhniki Stadium Average venue capacity: 49,300 seats Largest venue: Luzhniki Stadium (81,000 seats) Smallest venue: Kaliningrad Stadium (35,212 seats) Average no. of matches per venue: 5.33
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The main stadium for Russia 2018 was originally built to host the first nationwide summer Spartakiad in 1956. Since then, Luzhniki Stadium has hosted a multitude of major sporting and cultural events, including the 1980 Summer Olympics, world championships in ice hockey, athletics and rugby and concerts featuring some of the world's greatest musicians. Throughout this period, however, football has played a special role, with the stadium having hosted more than 3,000 matches. Work to rebuild Luzhniki Stadium for Russia 2018 began in 2013. One of the crucial aspects of the project was preserving the historical façade of the stadium, which has become one of Moscow's true landmarks. Inside, the stadium was totally refurbished: the athletics track was removed, the stands moved closer to the pitch and made rectangular, the gradient adjusted and two extra tiers added. Luzhniki Stadium's capacity was increased from 78,000 to 80,000. Legacy Luzhniki Stadium will retain its status as the country's leading football stadium, and will host the Russian national team's matches. Also... Host City: Moscow Capacity: 80,000* Location: Luzhniki Sports Complex Home Team: Russia
Located in the Olympic Park in Imeretin Valley in Sochi, Fisht Stadium was built for the Winter Olympics in February 2014, and hosted the opening and closing ceremonies.The stadium has been reconstructed for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and was re-opened in 2017, where the venue hosted FIFA Confederations Cup matches. Fisht Stadium was originally named after Mount Fisht, a peak in the Caucasus range of mountains. In the local language, Adygeyan, "fisht" means "white head". The silhouette of the arena, which was designed by British architects, resembles a snow-capped mountain peak. Under current plans, the Russian national team will hold training camps and play some of its competitive and friendly matches in Sochi. Fisht Stadium will also host a whole range of other mass-participation events. Located nearby is Sochi's Formula 1 circuit. Also... Host City: Sochi Capacity: 48,000* Location: Olympic Park, Adler district Home Team: Russia
Saint Petersburg's new, super-modern stadium is built on the site of the Kirov Stadium on Krestovsky Island, which, in its day, was one of the country's largest stadiums, with a capacity of 110,000. The tender to build Saint Petersburg Stadium was won by the renowned Japanese architect Kisho Kurosawa. The stadium hosted the Opening Match and Final of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The architect's vision for Saint Petersburg Stadium was of a spaceship that has landed on the shores of the Gulf of Finland. The seven-storey building is 79 metres high. Technologically, Saint Petersburg Stadium is one of the world's most modern arenas. Equipped with a retractable roof and a sliding pitch, it's able to host any type of event at any time of year - even in winter, the temperature inside the stadium is 15 degrees Celsius. The stadium is home to Zenit St. Petersburg. It is able to host many different types of events, from concerts and shows to competitions in a whole range of sports. In 2020, the arena will host three matches in the group stage of Euro 2020, as well as one of the competition's quarter-finals. Host City: Saint Petersburg Capacity: 67,000* Location: Krestovsky Island Home Team: FC Zenit Saint Petersburg src:http://www.fifa.com
Home to one of the country's oldest football clubs, FC Ural, the stadium was built in 1953. Since then, it has been refurbished on a number of occasions. The last of these refits has been made for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. On each occasion, however, the stadium's historical façade remained untouched, as an architectural legacy. Architectural and decorative features typical of Soviet neo-Classicism were used lavishly in the construction of the stands, along with decorative art in the form of sculptures, vases and banners. The stadium retains its recognisable historical façade, although a roof and temporary stands was installed for Russia 2018. FC Ural will continue to use the stadium for its home games. Also... Host City: Ekaterinburg Capacity: 35,000* Location: Repin Street Home Team: FC Ural src:fifa.com
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium is being built in one of the city's most picturesque locations, at the confluence of the Volga and Oka rivers, near the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The area offers a wonderful view of the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin, situated on the other side of the Oka. Nizhny Novgorod Stadium's design is inspired by aspects of nature in the Volga region - water and wind. At the same time, given its location near the city's most historic districts, the building must have a silhouette that is restrained and severe. Its light basic structure, made up of fine triangular supports arranged in a circle, supports a semi-transparent undulating façade that conceals the bowl of the stadium. The building is surrounded by a walkway connected by stairs inclined at a tangent, highlighting the flow of the stadium. By evening, the various façades will be lit up, highlighting their plasticity and airiness. The stadium will be home to local club Olympiets Nizhny Novgorod. Also... Host City: Nizhny Novgorod Capacity: 45,000* Location: Confluence of the Oka and Volga rivers Home Team: Olympiets Nizhny Novgorod src:http://www.fifa.com
Samara Arena will be built in the Radiotsentr district. Under current plans, the stadium will be surrounded by a residential development and good-quality infrastructure. Stadium construction officially started on 21 July 2014. Samara Arena's design concept is dominated by the theme of space, as a tribute to the traditions of the region, and its renowned aerospace sector. The shape of the stadium will resemble a glass dome. A light, metallic hi-tech basic structure of weight-bearing supports will provide a cover over the stands, which will be 60 metres high. By evening, the whole structure will be lit up, emphasising the stadium's expressive design. After Russia 2018, the stadium will be home to FC Krylya Sovetov, a club that has made a number of appearances in Europe's club competitions. Also... Host City: Samara Capacity: 45,000* Location: Radiotsentr district Home Team: FC Krylya Sovetov
Volgograd Arena was built on the site of the Central stadium, at the foot of the Mamayev Kurgan war memorial. The location of the previous stadium is a Mecca for local football supporters, with the more seasoned among them able to remember European victory over Manchester United and domestic battles with Spartak Moscow. The stadium's façade takes the form of an inverted, truncated cone with an open lattice structure, lending the entire building a monumental solidity. The design for the façade supports and the windbreaks embody aspects of a Victory Day firework display. The special way in which the stadium's roof has been constructed, with cables reminiscent of the spokes of the wheel on a bicycle, lends the arena an extra element of airiness. After Russia 2018, the stadium will be home to FC Rotor, which in the past has finished in the top three in the Russian championship. Also... Host City: Volgograd Capacity: 45,000* Location: Central Park Home Team: FC Rotor
Work on Mordovia Arena began in 2010, the 1000th anniversary of the unification of the Mordovian people with Russia's other ethnic groups. The arena is located in the centre of the city, on the bank of the Insar river. The stadium has been designed in the shape of an oval. Its bright range of colours, combining orange, red and white, honours the distinctive colour palette of Mordovia's arts and crafts. After Russia 2018, some of the stadium's temporary structures will be demolished, bringing the capacity down to 25,000. This will make the arena more effective in the future, with the space vacated being used for indoor volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, as well as fitness centres. The stadium will be home to FC Mordovia. Also... Host City: Saransk Capacity: 44,000* Location: The Insar river basin Home Team: FC Mordovia
Rostov Arena is situated on the left bank of the Don River. Buoyed by its selection as a host city, Rostov-on-Don will be able to expand in size by developing its left bank, where the local tourism facilities and restaurants have traditionally attracted locals and visitors alike. Rostov Arena's original design blends harmoniously into the picturesque landscape. The shape of the arena's roof imitates the meanderings of the Don River. The varying heights of the stands allow spectators to savour not only what is happening on the pitch, but also to enjoy views of Rostov-on-Don. From the left bank of the Don, the city looks particularly beautiful. FC Rostov, the 2014 Russian Cup winners, will play its home games at the stadium. Also... Host City: Rostov-on-Don Capacity: 45,000* Location: Left bank of the river Don, the Grebnoy canal area Home Team: FC Rostov src:fifa.com
The new stadium in Kazan's eastern district of Savinovo was planned as the city won the organisation of Universiade 2013. The design was delivered by Populous, who had to modify it significantly since early drawings, because it showed too much resemblence with another stadium by the office – never built Maze Stadium in Lisburn. After extensive preparation works (19,000 piles had to be installed into the wet soil), corner stone was installed in May 2010, beginning three years of construction. Significant delays were seen, though not threatening the Universiade. A huge cost inflation also took place. The initial cost of $155 million grew rapidly. Back in 2011 the stadium was hoped to cost $330 million, while eventually it even exceeded the updated price tag of $450m. Significant alterations that contributed to the increase were those done to the face. Instead of light membrane covering the stadium received outer cladding of glass (east) and the largest HD screen of its kind (4,030 sqm covering the west). Ground level sees various spaces for commercial, medical and cultural use, while access to the stands is possible from the vast promenade atop these spaces. Inside are two tiers of seating with 72 luxurious skyboxes. Opening, postponed several times, finally took place during the Universiade's opening ceremony. Further large events already contracted for the venue include the 2015 FINA World Cup in swimming and the 2018 World Cup. Anchor tenant club Rubin Kazan was initially hoped to play here since mid 2013, but the stadium move was changed to mid-2014 after the grass laid after 2013 Universiade proved in poor condition. Address: Prospekt Khusaina Yamasheva, 115 А, Kazan, Respublika Tatarstan, Russia, 421001. Capacity: 45,379 Broke ground: May 2010
Spartak Moscow, the "people's team", is one of Russia's most popular football clubs. And yet, ever since it was founded in 1922, it has had to make do without its own stadium. The club has played home games at Moscow's Dynamo, Luzhniki and Lokomotiv stadiums, at the Khimki Arena just outside Moscow and even in Ekaterinburg. In spring 2010, on the site of Moscow's former airfield in the district of Tushino, Spartak started building its own 45,000-seater stadium. The venue hosted its first match on 5 September 2014, when Spartak drew 1:1 with Red Star Belgrade, and was also a 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup stadium. Spartak Stadium's appearance is a matter of great pride. Its façade takes the form of chain mail consisting of hundreds of little diamonds representing the Spartak logo. The façade can be changed depending on which team is playing. For Spartak matches, the arena is bathed in red-and-white; when the national team is in town, it switches to the colours of the Russian flag. Spartak Stadium also houses the Spartak Moscow museum, the official fan club and the club shop. A new underground station has opened nearby. Once Russia 2018 is over, a new residential development will be built around the Spartak stadium. Also... Host City: Moscow Capacity: 45,000* Location: Tushino Home Team: FC Spartak Moscow src:fifa.com
Kaliningrad Stadium was built for Russia 2018 on Oktyabrsky Island, right in the heart of Kaliningrad. The selection of Kaliningrad as a host city has prompted the local authorities to develop the island, which for many centuries has been a wilderness, left largely untouched. After the 2018 World Cup, a new residential development will be built around the stadium, with parks, quays and embankments alongside the Pregola river. Kaliningrad Stadium is a multi-purpose venue. As well as football matches, it will host other sporting events and concerts. After Russia 2018, FC Baltika Kaliningrad will play its home games at the stadium. Also... Host City: Kaliningrad Capacity: 35,000 Location: Oktyabrsky Island Home Team: FC Baltika Kaliningrad src:fifa.com
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