A guide around FIFA 2018 World Cup Stadiums in each of the host cities

A quick guide around the arenas that will host 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia from location to capacity and the matches taking place in each of the stadiums.

Luzhniki Stadium

Moscow

The main and the biggest Russian stadium has hosted a number of historical sports events like the 1980 Olympic Games, 2008 UEFA Champions League Final, and others. The last match took place in 2013 and since then Luzhniki has been under reconstruction and renovation. The football pitch is now several meters deeper than it used to be. This increases Stadium’s capacity to 81 000 people. Seats have been replaced with new ones and the stand now looks a lot like the Kremlin Wall.

Luzhniki is conveniently located close to two metro stations – Sportivnaya and Luzhniki.
The arena will host the 1/16 final, semifinal, and final matches.

GROUP STAGE MATCHES:

Russia – Saudi Arabia, Germany – Mexico, Portugal – Morocco, Denmark – France.

CAPACITY:

81 000

ADDRESS:

24 Ulitsa Luzhniki

Spartak Stadium

Moscow

“Otkritie Arena” will be called Spartak Stadium during the Mundial. Since the opening match in 2014, the arena has become a worthy competitor to many others. Spartak has already held the FIFA Confederations Cup and UEFA Champions League here. Numerous festivals and concerts are also happening here.

The most convenient way to get to the stadium is to go to the Spartak metro station by purple metro line (Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya).

Spartak Stadium will hold 1/16 final.

GROUP STAGE MATCHES:

Argentina – Iceland, Poland- Senegal, Belgium – Tunisia, Serbia – Brazil.

CAPACITY:

45 360

ADDRESS:

69 Volokolamskoye shosse

Kazan Arena

Kazan

The Kazan Arena was built for the 2013 Summer Universiade. Later on, the stadium was reconstructed for football matches and became home to Kazan football team “Rubin”. However, a couple of years later it was converted into a huge … swimming pool to host the World Aquatics Championships. Today, the Kazan arena is once again a football stadium, which belongs to FC “Rubin”. The arena has the biggest outdoor screen in Europe, which will make it very convenient for fans to enjoy the matches.

The stadium is situated in Novo-Savinovskij district, close to the right bank of the Kazanka River.
Kazan Arena will hold 1/16 final, 1/4 final.

GROUP STAGE MATCHES:

France – Australia, Iran- Serbia, Poland – Columbia, South Korea – Germany.

CAPACITY:

45 379

ADDRESS:

115a Prospect Yamasheva

Samara Arena

Samara

The Samara Arena is being built specifically for 2018 FIFA World Cup. After the matches, it will become the home stadium for FC “Krylia Sovetov” and get the name “Kosmos Arena”. The arena looks like a huge glass dome, meant to emphasize Samara’s contribution to the Space exploration programme.

Samara Arena will hold 1/16 final, 1/4 final.

GROUP STAGE MATCHES:

Costa Rica – Serbia, Denmark – Australia, Uruguay – Russia, Senegal – Columbia.

CAPACITY:

44 918

ADDRESS:

Ulitsa Dal’nyaya

Mordovia Arena

Saransk

800 000 people live in the Republic of Mordovia and about 300 000 citizens are from its capital – Saransk. FC “Mordovia” was relegated to the secondary league. However, Saransk will still host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The decision has been criticized a lot, but nevertheless, fans will fancy the cozy and quiet Saransk. The capacity of the stadium is 45 000 people, but it will be reduced to 28 000 after the Mundial since the needs of club “Mordovia” are considerably less than of the Fifa games.

The arena is close to the city center.

GROUP STAGE MATCHES:

Peru – Denmark, Columbia – Japan, Iran – Portugal, Panama – Tunisia.

CAPACITY:

45 015

ADDRESS:

11 Volgogradskaya Ulitsa

Rostov Arena

Rostov-on-Don

The Rostov Arena will become a part of a new district in Rostov-on-Don, which is situated on the left bank of the river Don. It also will be a new home for FC “Rostov”. The stadium is surrounded by a park with bikeways, sidewalks, and a landscaped area. New airport “Platov” is ready to receive tourists from all over the world.

Rostov Arena will hold 1/16 final.

GROUP STAGE MATCHES:

Brazil – Switzerland, Uruguay – Saudi Arabia, South Korea – Mexico, Iceland – Croatia.

CAPACITY:

45 000

ADDRESS:

2B Levoberezhnaya Ulitsa

Fisht Stadium

Sochi

The Olympic Fisht Stadium is one of the most interesting projects at the 2018 World Cup. To satisfy the requirements of FIFA it was reconstructed into a roofless stadium. The arena is located in the Sochi Olympic Park, which is not very far from the airport. At the moment, it doesn’t belong to any football club, but we do hope, that the Sochi region will form its own club following the construction of such a big stadium. Fisht is going to host some intense group stage matches.

Fisht Stadium will hold 1/16 final, 1/4 final.

GROUP STAGE MATCHES:

Portugal – Spain, Belgium – Panama, Germany – Sweden, Australia – Peru.

CAPACITY:

47 659

ADDRESS:

Olimpiyskiy Prospekt

Ekaterinburg Arena

Ekaterinburg

The Central Stadium was used for different sports, and now it will be reconstructed specifically for the FIFA World Cup and will be called Ekaterinburg Arena during the Mundial. It was a challenge for architects because the foreside of the old stadium is of historical value and cannot be destroyed. Today the arena’s capacity is 35 000, and it will be reduced to 25 000 after the matches. The stadium is situated not far from the city center.

GROUP STAGE MATCHES:

Egypt – Uruguay, France – Peru, Japan – Senegal, Mexico – Sweden.

CAPACITY:

35 000

ADDRESS:

5 Ulitsa Repina

Volgograd Arena

Volgograd

The Volgograd Arena was built on the site of the old Central Stadium, which was demolished in 2014. After the World Cup, the arena will become a home stadium for FC “Rotor Volgograd”. Fans will have the opportunity to take a walk in the park close by and visit the famous monument the Motherland Calls.

GROUP STAGE MATCHES:

Tunisia – England, Nigeria – Iceland, Saudi Arabia – Egypt, Japan – Poland.

CAPACITY:

45 568

ADDRESS:

76 Prospect Lenina

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Nizhny Novgorod

The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium is located not far from the rivers Volga and Oka. There are many interesting places to visit besides the matches (Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin). New grass, which was tested in Scotland, was planted here in 2017. After the World Cup, the stadium will belong to the main city’s FC “Olympiec”.

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium will hold 1/16 final, 1/4 final.

GROUP STAGE MATCHES:

Sweden – South Korea, Argentina – Croatia, England – Panama, Switzerland – Kosta Rika.

CAPACITY:

44 899

ADDRESS:

2A/1 Dolzhanskaya Ulitsa

Kaliningrad Stadium

Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad is an exclave and it is located between Poland and Lithuania. That will help football fans from Europe feel at home. The stadium is built close to the city center, specifically for the Mundial. Its capacity is about 35 000, but it will be reduced to 25 000 after the Fifa World Cup is over. The arena will belong to FC “Baltica”.

GROUP STAGE MATCHES:

Croatia – Nigeria, Serbia – Switzerland, Spain – Morocco, England – Belgium.

CAPACITY:

35 212

ADDRESS:

25 Solnechnyi Bulvar

Saint Petersburg Stadium

Saint Petersburg

The Krestovsky Stadium will change its name to Saint Petersburg Stadium during the Mundial. It belongs to the famous FC “Zenit” that works hard to make the stadium prosper. It is usually fully booked for all events organized. The arena is conveniently located at Krestovsky Island (Krestovsky Island metro station) close to the Maritime Victory Park.

Saint Petersburg Stadium will hold 1/16 final, semifinal and play-off for third place.

GROUP STAGE MATCHES:

Morocco – Iran, Russia – Egypt, Brazil – Costa Rika, Nigeria – Argentina.

CAPACITY:

68 134

ADDRESS:

1 Futbol’naya Alleya

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