Russia World Cup 2018 stadiums
Luzhniki Stadium was the result of the ambition of the Soviet leadership to upgrade the country’s sports facilities after the Soviet Union had tested its first post-war successes at the 1952 Olympics.
Capacity: 81,006 seats
Cost: 400 million US dollars
Luzhniki Stadium was initially called Central Lenin Stadium, was built between 1955 and 1956. It was the result of the ambition of the Soviet leadership to upgrade the country’s sports facilities after the Soviet Union had tested its first post-war successes at the 1952 Olympics.
In the World Cup 2018, Luzhniki stadium will host the opening match, three first round group matches, a round of 16 matches, a semi-final, and final.
Trivia: The name Luzhniki derives from the flood meadows in the bend of Moskva River where the stadium was built, translating roughly as "The Meadows".
Capacity: 45,000 seats
Budget: USD 450 million
The Kazan Arena was built to provide Rubin with a modern home, to serve as the main venue of the 2013 Summer Universiade, and to be one of the playing venues of the 2018 World Cup.
The Kazan Arena is one of the venues of 2018 World Cup, during which it will host four first-round group games, one round of 16 games, and one quarter-final.
Budget: USD 280 million
The Volgograd Arena is the recently opened new stadium in the city of Volgograd in southern Russia. It is built with the purpose of serving as one of the playing venues of the 2018 World Cup and has become the new home of Rotor Volgograd.
Volgograd Arena will host four first-round group games of the World Cup.
Trivia: The stadium will be home to FC Rotor after Russia 2018, which in the past has finished in the top three in the Russian championship.
Capacity: 45,360 seats
Budget: USD 240 million
The Otkritie Arena is the recently opened new home of Spartak Moscow club. In its history, Spartak had never owned a proper stadium, using various stadiums around Moscow instead, and ultimately playing at Luzhniki Stadium.
The Otkritie Arena hosting three first round group matches and the match for third place.
Trivia: Above the main entrance, imaginatively displayed within a vintage TV set, is a striking black-and-white image of a classic Spartak line-up.
Capacity: 35,212 seats
Budget: USD 300 million
Kaliningrad Stadium, also known as the Arena Baltika, is a newly opened stadium in the city of Kaliningrad. It was built to be one of the playing venues of the 2018 World Cup and the new home of FC Baltika club, who previously played at the modest Baltika Stadium.
Kaliningrad Stadium is scheduled to host four first-round group matches in the world Cup.
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Capacity: 44,899 seats
Budget: USD 290 million
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium is a recently opened new stadium in the city of Nizhny Novgorod. It replaced Lokomotiv Stadium as the home ground of FC Olimpiyets.
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium is scheduled to host four first round group matches, one round of 16 matches, and one quarter-final.