FIFA World Cup 2018 Stadium Guide
Stadium round up for the biggest football extravaganza taking place in Russia.
Saint Petersburg Stadium
Budget: USD 1.5 bn
Saint Petersburg Stadium, also referred to as Zenit Arena, Krestovsky Stadium, and Piter Arena is the recently opened new stadium of FC Zenit club. It got built at the site of the former Kirov Stadium.
Saint Petersburg Stadium is going to be one of the playing venues of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, during which it will host four first round group matches, a quarter-final, a semi-final, and the match for third place. It also hosted four matches during the 2017 Confederations Cup, including the final. The seating capacity of the stadium is around 56,196 seats.
Trivia: The first official match at Saint Petersburg Stadium was played on 22 April 2017 when Zenit hosted the Ural for a league match (2-0).
Fisht Olympic Stadium
Budget: USD 519 m
Capacity: 47659 seats
Fisht Olympic Stadium was built to serve as the centerpiece venue of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. During the Olympics, it hosted both the opening and closing ceremony.
During the 2018 World Cup, Fisht Olympic Stadium will host four first-round group games, one round of 16 matches, and one quarter-final. The seating capacity of the stadium is 47,659 seats.
Trivia: The stadium was named after a local peak as the roof structure of the stadium resembles a mountain peak.
Budget: USD 215 m
During the 2018 World Cup, the Ekaterinburg Arena will host four first-round group games. After the World Cup, capacity will be reduced to 35,000 seats by removing the temporary seating behind both goals
Trivia: The Ekaterinburg Arena, then still called Central Stadium, was built between 1953 and 1957.
Budget: USD 330 m
Capacity: 45,000 seats
The Rostov Arena is a recently opened new stadium in the city of Rostov-on-Don that was built for the 2018 World Cup and will become the new home of FC Rostov.
Plans for the new stadium became concrete when Russia got awarded the 2018 World Cup and Rostov-on-Don selected as a host city.
Trivia : The final design was chosen in December 2012 when Populous got selected as the architect.
The Cosmos Arena
Budget: USD 320 m
The Cosmos Arena, also known as Samara Arena or Samara Stadium, is the recently opened new home of Krylia Sovetov, replacing Metallurg Stadium. The stadium was built to serve as one of the playing venues of the 2018 World Cup.
The arena boasts just under 45,000 seats, which are divided over two tiers.
Trivia: The most characteristic aspect of the Cosmos Arena is its 65.5 meters high dome roof, which is made up out of 32 panels.
Budget: USD 300 m
Capacity: 45000 seats |
The Mordovia Arena, also known as Saransk Stadium and Stadion Yubileyny, is the recently opened new home of Mordovia Saransk and one of the playing venues of the 2018 World Cup.
The Mordovia Arena will have a capacity of 45,000 seats for the World Cup, which will be brought down to 28,000 seats after the World Cup by removing the upper tier and turning it into a walking concourse.
Trivia: The stadium was first proposed in early 2010 before the World Cup had got awarded to Russia.