2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Stadium Guide - Wontra Travels

Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup Stadiums

Games at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be played in 12 stadiums across all the 11 host cities – Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Sochi and Volgograd.

Six of the 12 stadiums are being built specifically for the World Cup, with the remaining six either rebuilt or renovated to improve fans experience. All 12 stadiums will host all the 64 matches in Russia next year. Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium will host the opening and final match of the tournament.

Ekaterinburg Arena
The Ekaterinburg Arena, original name - Central Stadium, is one of the 11 host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. It will host a total of four games and has a capacity slightly over 35,000 spectators, which will be reduced to 23,000 after the World Cup is over.
Kaliningrad Stadium
The Kaliningrad Stadium, also known as Arena Baltika, is the smallest stadium to be used for the Russia 2018 World Cup. It has a capacity of 35,212, which will be reduced to 25,000 spectators after the world Cup and part of the roof is retractable.
Kazan Arena
Built in preparation for the Summer World University Games in 2013, the Kazan Arena hosts the Russian Premier League home games of Rubin Kazan. The stadium has a capacity of 45,379 spectators and will host a total of six games during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Luzhniki Stadium
The Luzhniki Stadium, part of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex, is the national stadium of Russia. It is the largest football stadium in Russia and one of the largest stadiums in Europe. It has a capacity of 81,000 and will host the final game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Spartak Stadium
Spartak Stadium (real name – Otkritie Arena) is a multi-purpose stadium in Moscow, Russia. It is mostly used for football matches, hosting the home matches of Spartak Moscow and occasionally the Russian national team. It has a capacity of 45,360 spectators.
Nizhny Novgorod
The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium is one of the newly constructed stadiums for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The 44,899 capacity stadium is located at the confluence of the Volga and Oka rivers and will be used for home matches of the FC Olimpiyets Nizhny Novgorod.
Rostov Arena
Rostov Arena is a newly constructed stadium in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. It is one of the venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a total of five games expected to be played here and will also host FC Rostov of the Russian Premier League, replacing Olimp – 2.
Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg Stadium, also called Krestovsky Stadium, Pitter Arena and Zenit Arena, is the home stadium for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. It is one of the most expensive stadiums ever built and will host a total of seven matches during the 2018 World Cup.
Samara Arena
Samara Arena, also known as Cosmos Arena, or Samara Stadium, is a 44,918-capacity football stadium in Samara, Russia. The newly-constructed stadium will host FC Krylia Sovetov Samara of the Russian Premier League, replacing Metallurg Stadium.
Mordovia Arena
Mordovia Arena, earlier referred to as Stadion Yubileyny and also known as Saransk Stadium, is a newly constructed stadium in Saransk, Mordovia, Russia. The 44,442-capacity stadium will host a total of four matches and become home to FC Mordovia.
Fisht Stadium
The 48,000-capacity Fisht Olympic Stadium hosted the 2014 Olympics and will also be used to host 2018 FIFA World Cup football matches. Fisht is the only stadium to have hosted Winter Olympics and matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup.
Volgograd Arena
The Volgograd Arena is one of the six new stadiums built for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The stadium has a capacity of 45,000 seats divided over two tiers. After the World Cup, capacity will be reduced to 35,000 seats.
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