World Cup stadiums from the heights
Satellite images 12 Russian stadiums that will host matches of the World Cup.
On the big arena "Luzhniki" will be a ceremony and the opening match, one semi-final matches and the final of the World Cup. The stadium, with which in 1980 flew into the night sky famous Olympic teddy bear, is under construction since 2014. Capacity "Luzniki" increased from 78 to 81 thousand people, and the tilt angle of the stands has been modified so that they close as possible to the playfield. At the same time preserved the historical appearance of the stadium.
"Opening of the Arena" ( "Spartak" stadium)
Football club "Spartak" has got the red-white home arena in 2014, its capacity is 45 thousand people. Construction Bank was the sponsor of the "Opening" - hence the name (though, because of FIFA rules at the time FIFA World Cup title changed to "Spartak" stadium). From 16 to 27 June in the arena will be played four group matches and one match 1/8 finals.
Stadium "St. Petersburg"
The most controversial World Cup stadium was built for 10 years, its opening was postponed several times, and in the progress of the project cost has risen to 6, 7 billion rubles to 43 billion (according to official figures). Construction was accompanied by scandals and criminal cases. In 2017, the stadium hosted the Confederations Cup matches, as well as part of the World Cup in the "St. Petersburg" will be held a few matches of the group stage and the semi-finals.
Stadium "Fischt" in Sochi
Stadium "Fischt" was built specifically for the Olympic Games in Sochi, there have been opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games. For the World Cup it was rebuilt under the football rent a capacity of 48 000 seats. "Fischt" is located in the Imereti lowland, from the stands with beautiful views of the Black Sea. Sochi will host one of the most anticipated matches of the World Cup: the Portuguese, the current champions of Europe, will play world champions 2010 - the Spanish national team.
One of the best stadiums in Russian, took several major sporting events - the Summer Universiade in 2013, the World Championships in Aquatics in 2015 and the Confederations Cup matches in 2017. The "Kazan Arena" will meet the team of Spain, Germany and France.
Stadium "Nizhny Novgorod"
The new stadium with a capacity of 45,000 built on the arrow confluence of the Volga and the Oka, near the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. After the World Cup arena will be the home ground of FC Nizhny Novgorod "Olympian". Within the framework of the six group matches will be held the World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod, the match 1/8 finals and quarter-finals
"Rostov-Arena" located on the left bank of the Don, which is abbreviated as local Levberdonom. Specially for the World Cup in Rostov-on-Don built a new Plata airport - the first in the modern history of the Russian-built from scratch a large airport, the largest in the Southern Federal District. The "growth-stage" will be four group matches and the match 1/8 finals. After the world championship stadium will be used for home games of the football club "Rostov", as well as for other sports activities.
Stadium architects paid tribute to the traditions of the region, which is famous for its aerospace industry, and designed the stadium, like a space object. In Samara will host one of the matches of the Russian team in the group stage - the Russians will play June 25 against Uruguay.
"Volgograd Arena" was built the former site of the Central Stadium on the banks of the Volga River, at the foot of the main attractions of the city - Mamayev Kurgan. After the World Cup will be the main playground Football Club "Rotor", as well as the venue for various events.
Central Stadium (at the time of the 2018 World Cup "Ekaterinburg Arena")
Stadium for one of the oldest football clubs in the country - FC "Ural" - was built in 1953 and has the status of a cultural heritage site. After the reconstruction of the architectural appearance of the stadium has been preserved and a capacity increase of about 10 000 seats. "Ekaterinburg Arena" will take 4 group matches.
In the capital of Mordovia population of about 300 thousand people - it is the smallest town of the ones that are taking the world championship. Therefore, the stadium is also small and is designed as a transformer - after the World Cup 15 000 people will be dismantled (according to the requirements of FIFA stadium's capacity should be 45 000 seats).
The new stadium in Kaliningrad planned to build a 45 000 seats, but in the end reduced the capacity to 35,000 spectators. The most European city of Russia will take four matches of the group stage Croatia - Nigeria, Serbia - Switzerland Spain - Morocco and England - Belgium. After Kaliningrad Championship the stadium will be redeveloped including for other sports.