It’s the month of the Greatest Show on earth- FIFA WORLD CUP. This time Russia will play host to the biggest tournament in the world. Let’s check all the stadiums where the matches will be played-
1.Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
The oldest and biggest stadium of Russia was opened in 1956. The stadium has played host to the 1980 summer
Olympics, the capacity was then 103,000. With glories like this, this ground witnessed the worst sports disaster of all time of the country in 1982 where 66 people died during a match between FC Spartak Moscow and HFC Haarlem. This is known as “Luzhniki Disaster”.
Besides some important group stage matches, one round of 16 match, one semi-final and the final
match will take place here.
2.Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
The newly built retractable stadium is also known as Zenit Arena. This stadium was opened in 2017 for FIFA Confederations Cup. Primarily planned to be completed by 2008, after 9 years of delay it has been completed finally in May 2017. It is the home ground of FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Along with 4 group stages matches, one round of 16 match, one semi-final and the 3rd place deciding match will be played here.
3. Fisht Stadium, Sochi
The beautiful stadium was mainly constructed for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. It was re-opened in 2016 for FIFA Confederations Cup and this world cup.
Along with 4 important group stage matches including Portugal vs. Spain, one round of 16 and one Quarter Final match will take place here.
4. Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaternburg
The multi-purpose stadium of Yekaterinburg is also known as Central Stadium. After it’s opening in 1957, it played host to the 1962,1966,1974,1978 USSR Championships and many other Russian and Intl. competitions.
The only Asian Russia’s stadium will host only 4 group stage matches.
5. Kazan Arena, Kazan
The UEFA category 4 stadium was opened in 2013. It is the home ground of Rubin Kazan, a Russian Premier League
team. This stadium has the largest outside screen in Europe.
One round of 16 match and one Quarterfinal match
will be played here along with 4 group stage matches.
6. Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
The newly built stadium was opened in 2018. It is located in the historic area called Spit(Strelki), at the confluence of two major rivers- Volga and Oka.
Especially constructed for the World cup, this stadium will play host to a round of 16,
one Quarter final match along with 4 group stage matches.
7. Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
The beautiful stadium of Rostov-on-Don is the home ground of Russian club FC Rostov. It was opened in 2018.
Besides 4 group stage matches, one round of 16 match will take place here.
8. Samara Arena, Samara
The beautiful stadium of Samara is also known as Cosmos Arena. It was opened recently in April 2018. It is the home ground of FC Krylia Sovetov Samara.
Besides 4 group stage matches, one Round of 16 match and one Quarter final
match will take place here.
9. Mordovia Arena, Saransk
The home ground of FC Mordovia Saransk has a beautiful design which makes it most attractive venue of World cup. It’s design is based on the image of the sun, the main symbol of ancient myths and legends of Mordovian people.
It will host 4 group stage matches.
10. Volgograd Stadium, Volgograd
This stadium was built on the site of demolished Central Stadium. It is the home ground of Russian club FC Rotor Volgograd.
4 group stage matches will take place in this stadium.
11. Spartak Stadium, Moscow
The home ground of popular FC Spartak Moscow is also known as Otkritie Arena. This multi-purpose stadium is mostly used for Football matches. It was opened in 2014 and played host to the FIFA Confederations cup 2017.
The UEFA category 4 stadium will host a round of 16 game along with 4 group stage matches.
12. Kliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
The newly built stadium is also known as Arena Baltika. The project of the stadium is based on the concept of Allianz Arena(home ground of Bayern Munich). It was opened a few days ago in May 2018. The stadium is equipped with ultramodern security system and CCTV.
4 group stage matches will be played here.