Russia 2018 Stadiums Ready to Welcome Fans


One of the biggest sporting events in recent memory is about to take place in Russia. The hosts are ready for the World Cup, and the stadiums are ready for their first games. Here’s a look at some of the venues that will host games during this summer’s tournament:

Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium

The Luzhniki stadium is a historic venue in Moscow. It opened in 1956 and hosted the 1980 Summer Olympics, as well as many other sporting events. The stadium was also used for the 2008 Champions League final, 2013 World Athletics Championships, 2015 World Aquatics Championships and 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

The capacity of 81,000 makes it one of the largest stadiums in Russia (and Europe), with seating areas for fans spread across four tiers: lower tier; lower middle tier; upper middle tier; upper tier.

Kazan Arena, the capital of Tatarstan

Kazan Arena, the capital of Tatarstan and largest city in the republic, will host four matches including two Round-16 games and one quarterfinal.

The stadium has a capacity of 45,000 seats and is the only one in Russia with a retractable roof. It was built for the 2013 Summer Universiade but renovated for 2018 World Cup games at a cost of $340 million (2 billion rubles).

Sochi Olympic Park

Sochi Olympic Park is the venue for the opening match and final. It’s the largest sports complex in Russia, located in Sochi — a city on the Black Sea coast that hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics. Construction began after Sochi was awarded hosting rights for those Games, which were held from February 7 to 23 2014.

The stadium has been completely refurbished since then and now has an official capacity of 68,000 people; however it will hold only 45,000 spectators during this year’s World Cup due to FIFA requirements regarding segregation between home fans and away supporters (so don’t expect any singing).


Rostov-on-Don is the largest city in Southern Russia, and it’s a popular tourist destination. The city is also home to the Rostov Arena, which will host four matches during the 2018 World Cup. The stadium was built for Euro 2012 but has since undergone major renovations to prepare for its new role as one of Russia’s premier sports venues.

The stadiums will be ready for the tournament.

The stadiums will be ready for the tournament.

The World Cup will be held in Russia this summer, and all 12 stadiums are ready to welcome fans.

Russia has built new arenas across 11 cities and refurbished others with state-of-the-art facilities that will host matches from June 14 to July 15 2018.


We’re looking forward to welcoming fans from around the world to Russia for the tournament. The stadiums are ready and we’re confident that this will be a great experience for everyone involved.