Admiring 12 stadiums where the 2018 World Cup takes place
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
It used to be the site of the 1980 Summer Olympics, the 2008 Champions League final, the 2013 World Athletics Championships and many other performances by celebrities such as Michael Jackson or Rolling Stones. At present, the Luzhniki Stadium has been refurbished, with racing track and two additional floors, but keeps the historic front. In the World Cup this year, seven matches will take place at the Luzhniki Stadium, including the opening match on 14 June and the final on 15 July.
Spartak Stadium, Moscow
Built in 2014, Spartak Stadium is one of only four stadiums to be used in the 2017 Confederations Cup. Spartak Stadium has over 43,000 seats and impressive facades with hundreds of red and white pieces representing the logo of the Spartak club. In the 2018 World Cup, there will be four group stage matches and a round of 16 at the stadium.
St. Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg
St. Petersburg is located on Krestovsky Island, which opened in April 2017 and is the design of the Japanese architect, Kisho Kurosawa. The stadium looks like a spacecraft and is considered one of the most expensive stadiums in the world with a total construction cost of $ 1.5 billion. It is equipped with an automatic roof and the temperature at the yard is usually adjusted to 15 degrees Celsius. In the 2018 World Cup, this place will be the venue of seven matches.
Ekaterinburg Stadium, Yekaterinburg
Renovated from Central Stadium, Ekaterinburg Stadium retains old-fashioned pillars, historic façades and is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and new stands. With around 35,000 seats, the stadium will host four group stage matches.
Fisht Stadium, Sochi
Fisht is home to the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics and is fully equipped for the needs of a major international football tournament. The stadium is named after Mount Fisht, a mountain in the nearby Caucasus Mountains and has a dome designed to resemble a snow-capped peak. At the 2018 World Cup, there will be six matches, including a round of 16 and a quarter-final.
Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
Situated in the centre of Kaliningrad on the Oktyabrsky Island, Kaliningrad stadium is based on the design of the Allianz stadium in Germany. The 35,000-seat stadium will host four group stage matches of the 2018 World Cup.
Rostov Stadium, Rostov-on-Don
The Rostov stadium, which is about 45,000 seats, was built on the southern bank of the East River, with a height of 51 meters. This will be the venue for five World Cup matches in 2018, including four group stage match and a round of 16.
Volgograd Stadium, Volgograd
Located at the foot of the Mamayev Kurgan Memorial, Volgograd Stadium was built at the site of the central stadium which was demolished in 2014. At the 2018 World Cup, this 45,000-seat stadium is home to four group stage matches.
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Located at the confluence of the Volga and Oka rivers, the Nizhny Novgorod stadium is designed with the idea of sparkling water. In addition, the 45,000-seat stadium is located near Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and offers views of the Kremlin of Nizhny Novgorod. There will be six matches in the 2018 World Cup, including four group stage matches, a round of 16 and a quarter-final.
Samara Stadium, Samara
Built in the southeastern area, known for aerospace, Samara Stadium has nearly 45,000 seats and is designed with a giant dome, glowing at night. World Cup schedule at Samara Stadium consists including four group stage matches, a round of 16 and a quarter-final.
Mordovia Stadium, Saransk
Mordovia Stadium is an orange, red and white oval design that began construction in 2010. The project was originally planned to be inaugurated after two years to commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of the Mordovian unity with other ethnic Russians, but the stadium was finally completed in April 2018. In the 2018 World Cup, this 44,000-seat stadium will host four group stage matches.
Kazan Stadium, Kazan
Designed by the same architectural firm with Wembley Stadium in England and Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, Kazan Stadium is built to blend in with the surrounding landscape. In addition, the front of the yard is equipped with the largest screen in Europe. In this World Cup, there will be four group stage matches, a round of 16 and a quarter-final.
By: Relly Jonas