The World Cup is now just days away and with the action to get underway this coming Thursday with Russia taking on Saudi Arabia we have decided to bring our followers of the page through the 12 stadiums that the teams will play in.
- Luzhniki Stadium (Moscow) – This is the largest of all the stadiums with a capacity of 81,000. Manchester United fans have good memories of this stadium as they defeated Chelsea in the Champions League Final here in 2008. This venue will also host the World Cup Final on the 15th of July.
2. Saint Petersburg Stadium (Saint Petersburg) – This stadium has a capacity of 67,000. It was initially funded by a Russian gas firm, before the City government in St Petersburg took over funding. It hosted Confedarations Cup games last year. It is the current stadium of Zenit.
3. Ekaterinburg Stadium (Ekaterinburg) – This stadium has a capacity of 45,000 at present, but after the World Cup this will reduce by 12,000 as there is currently two temporary stands in place. It is the most eastern stadium in the competition. It will host Egypt and Uruguay on the 15th of June as well as a few other games like France/Peru, Mexico/Sweden and Japan/Senegal.
4. Fisht Olympic Stadium (Sochi) – This stadium has four stands two of which are translucent and two which are more regular looking. The Russian government bought loads of land around the stadium to regenerate the area which has a large amusement park nearby. The capacity of the stadium is around 48,000.
5. Kazan Arena (Kazan) – The construction of the Kazan Arena finished in 2013 costing around $450 million. It is the home of Russian Premier League side Ruben Kazan and hosted Confederation Cups game last year. It will host 6 games in total, including a round of 16 tie and a quarter final.
6. Rostov Arena (Rostov on Don) – This stadium for the World Cup will have a capacity of 45,000, however once the World Cup is over it will reduce to 25,000. It is the home venue of FC Rostov. It will host five games including a round of 16 tie.
7. Nizhny Novgorod Stadium (Nizny Novgorod) – This is a brand new stadium for the World Cup. It has a current capacity of around 45,000 and overlooks the Volga and the Oka two rivers. It will hosts six games, including a round of 16 and quarter final game.
8. Samara Arena (Samara) – This stadium has a capacity around the 45,000 mark and is home to Russian National League side FC Krylia. The stadium cost around $420 to build and it looks set to host 6 games, which will include a last 16 and quarter final tie.
9. Mordovia Arena (Saransk) – The Mordovia Arena has a distinct colour with a mixture of orange, red and white clearly visible from a long distance. It is thought to represent the Mordovan people. The stadium has a capacity of around 45,000 and is home to FC Mordovia Saransk. 4 group games will be played at the stadium.
10. Spartak Stadium (Moscow) – The stadium has a capacity of just over 45,000, it is the current stadium of Russian Premier League side Spartak Moscow. Construction of the stadium cost in the region of $430 million. It played host to four games in the Confederations Cup last year and will play host to five games at this world including Serbia and Brazil and Argentina v Iceland.
11. Volgograd Stadium (Volgograd) – This stadium has a capacity of just over 45,500. It is situated in Volgograd and is the stadium of FC Rotor Volgograd. It will host four games in the World Cup including England v Tunisia, Japan v Poland and Saudi Arabia v Egypt.
12. Kaliningrad Stadium (Kaliningrad) – The stadium will have a capacity of just over 35,000 for the World Cup. However, once the World Cup is completed it will reduce to 25,000. It is the current stadium of FC Baltika Kaliningrad. It will host four games in the World Cup including Croatia v Nigeria, England v Belgium and Spain v Morocco.