FIFA World Cup 2018 Stadiums
«You are the only one that can put pressure on yourself… No one else can put pressure on you. It’s self-inflicted. For me, I just want to go out and play football…»
Football unites people. It is something more than just a game, it is a special mood, a lifestyle, for someone it is something like a religion… maybe it sounds strange, but only true fans can understand the meaning of these words. This summer will be unforgettable for the whole world, because FIFA World Cup 2018 is waiting for us. Russia is ready to open its wide soul to millions of fans and guests from all over the world, inspiring everyone who wants to understand its wonderful world. The FIFA 2018 World Cup is the best opportunity to get to know Russia.
FIFA World Cup 2018 will be held from June 14 to July 15, 2018 in 11 Russian cities (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Ekaterinburg, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don and Sochi), in which it was planned to reconstruct 218 objects: not only stadiums, but also airports, railway stations, hotels and telecentres. Russia expects more than 1.5 million foreign tourists. If you are a true football fan and if you are going to visit Russia this summer, our article is for you, because here we will name 12 stadiums which were chosen for football matches on FIFA World Cup 2018 and tell you the main information about them. So let ‘s go!
Luzhniki Stadium (Moscow)
It is being reconstructed since 2013 (the estimated cost of the reconstruction is 1 billion $) and now it is in a wonderful condition and is ready to take the opening match and the final match. The main stadium in Russia – home arena of the Russian national football team. Owner – Olympic complex “Luzhniki”. The capacity will reach 87 thousand people.
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium (Nizhny Novgorod)
Cost – 17.9 billion rubles, capacity – 45 thousand of people (after the World Cup – 35 thousand). In Nizhny Novgorod it was not easy to choose a place for the building of the stadium. District of Strelka was approved only in March 2012. While the stadium was under construction, the local football club “Volga” ceased to exist. And now it is planned that the arena will become “a home” for the successor of the “Volga” – the club “Olympian”, currently playing in the FNL. There are also questions about the further use of the stadium, which will have to be paid for. The Minister of Sports Pavel Kolobkov offered to allocate funds from the federal budget for this (as well as for maintaining arenas in Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Samara and Ekaterinburg).
Saransk Mordovia Arena (Saransk)
The cost is 15.8 billion rubles, the capacity is 44,149 people (after the World Cup – 30,000). The Saransk authorities wanted to finish the construction of the stadium in 2012, to the 1000th anniversary of the unification of the Mordovian people with Russia. But the reality won and the terms were postponed to 2017. Now it is ready and waits for the beginning of FIFA World Cup 2018.
Samara Arena (Samara)
The cost is 18.2 billion rubles, the capacity is 45 thousand people. As the Minister of Sports Pavel Kolobkov told the President of Russia, the construction of this arena is late in a month and a half. According to Kolobkov, fines were applied to the contractor. Nevertheless, neither the Minister of Sport nor the representatives of the FIFA Commission have any doubts that the facility will be delivered on time, since the schedule for eliminating the backlog has already been developed and the work is put under strict daily control. Although there were already proposals to postpone the World Cup matches from Samara to Krasnodar.
Moscow Spartak Stadium (Moscow)
This stadium was opened in 2014. Capacity – 45 thousand people. The amount of investments is 14.5 billion rubles. The home stadium of FC “Spartak” Moscow, the owner is the club and Leonid Fedun. The semifinal match will be held here. Are you ready for unforgettable emotions? 🙂
Volgograd Stadium (Volgograd)
The cost is 17 billion rubles, the capacity is 45 thousand people. One of the main problems in the construction was the need to strengthen 3 km of the right bank of the Volga, to which the stadium adjoins. In particular, this increased the cost of the project, although initially it was planned to spend 10 billion rubles.
Ekaterinburg Arena (Ekaterinburg)
From 2006 to 2011 the arena has already been reconstructed, but it was not done under the 2018 World Cup, and the stadium did not satisfy the requirements of FIFA. Therefore, a new reconstruction was required, its cost is estimated at 7 billion rubles. The capacity after the reconstruction will be almost 45 thousand people. Recently, the new stadium was criticized by fans on the Internet, considering the “remote” temporary tribune very uncomfortable for the audience. Although according to the requirements of FIFA such a tribune is allowed, the main thing is that from the top row the field survey should be ideal. Such projects have already been used in Japan in 2002, as well as in Brazil in 2014.
Saint Petersburg Stadium (St. Petersburg)
One of the most expensive football stadiums in the world, originally the cost of construction was estimated at 6.7 billion rubles., but later it grew to 34.9 billion rubles. It will become a home stadium for FC “Zenit”. The capacity will reach 67 thousand people. The semifinal match will be held here.
Kazan Arena (Kazan)
It was building to the Universiade 2013, the amount of investment was 14.4 billion rubles. The home arena of FC “Rubin”, the property of the government of Tatarstan. Capacity – 46 thousand people.
Kaliningrad Stadium (Kaliningrad)
Cost – 17.8 billion rubles, capacity – 35 thousand people (after the World Cup – 25 thousand). The project of the stadium in Kaliningrad was handed over to the State Expertise the last one, but on schedule. Too many changes to this project had to be made. For example, at first it was planned to make a sliding roof, but in order to reduce the cost this idea was canceled. In addition, the company, which prepared all the project documentation, went bankrupt, and it was necessary to conclude a contract with the new one. According to the Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation Pavel Kolobkov, the preparation of the airport complex in Kaliningrad and the preparation of the territory on the Oktyabrsky Island around the stadium are under control.
Rostov Arena (Rostov-on-Don)
The cost is 18.7 billion rubles, capacity – 45 thousand people. In the spring of last year, “Rostov-Arena” got into scandalous headlines: workers were striking, because by that time they had not received a salary from the contractor for five months. This unpleasant history has grown to an international scale, so the authorities of the city had to intervene in the situation. Later the Minister of Sports of the Rostov region Samvel Arakelyan said that the debts were paid and there are no complaints from builders.
Sochi Fisht Stadium (Sochi)
The cost of construction was $ 778 million. Now the stadium is being reconstructed under the World Cup, their cost will be about 3 billion rubles. The capacity of the stadium during the OG-2014 was 40 thousand people, now it is increased to 47 thousand people, after the World Cup it will be 25 thousand people. The stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Most likely the match for the third place will be held here.
Almost all people in the world are waiting for this “football” summer with a huge impatience. No one knows who will win, but in one thing we can be absolutely sure – this FIFA World Cup will be unforgettable!