28 November 2017

FIFA World Cup 2018 Venues, Stadiums Details, Capacity, Matches

FIFA World Cup 2018 Venues, Stadiums Details, Capacity, Matches: The Russia started to build and reconstruct a significant number of venues and arenas since they became hosts in 2010. Finally, the most prominent competition returns to Europe since 2006 back in Germany.

When we have to mention Russian footballing infrastructure, we have indicated that they decided to transform everything so that 2018 World Cup could be the perfect place for playing and excitement.
Today, Russia contains the modern stadiums with great refurbished features that are the best in the world. There are also many new venues build, but also some home grounds for biggest Russian clubs will not be the part of the tournament. For example, Dynamo Moscow’s VTB Arena and CSKA
Moscow’s VEB Arena will not be the part of the bid.

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Instead, they have decided to reconstruct and build 12 stadiums around Moscow, and Luzhniki Stadium is set for the finals. Every single venue will host at least four group games, and allocation of the knockout match will be the part of our guide that you will read below.

List of FIFA World Cup 2018 Stadiums

FIFA World Cup 2018 Venues

1. Luznhiki Stadium

This is the biggest stadiums in Russia 2018 World Cup and also the venue for the final. It is similar and sounds familiar to Chelsea and Manchester United fans because it hosted the Champions League final back in 2008. However, the insides were demolished and completely rebuilt since 2013, but the roof and the iconic fa├žade outside remained the same and stay incorporated into a modern and new looks.

The capacity is 81 thousand because the athletic track has been removed. That will also help to improve the atmosphere of the game.

The biggest of Russia's stadiums for the World Cup - and the venue for the final - will sound familiar to Manchester United and Chelsea fans; it hosted the Champions League final those two clubs contested in 2008.

  • City: Moscow

  • Capacity: 81,000

  • Status: Under construction (upgrade)

2. Spartak Stadium

It is also widely known as Otkritie Arena, and it is the home of Spartak Moscow that opened up back in 2014. It was completed, so it is one of the four venues that you can expect for Confederations Cup in 2017.

Even though Spartak is the most successful and best team in the history of Russian football, they never had their stadium until they built this particular arena. They have played on numerous different grounds in Moscow. This also helped because they finally claimed first league title after 15 years this season.

You can also enjoy in life-size statutes of Starostin Brothers that founded the club. The statues will be next to goals, so have in mind when you watch.

  • City: Moscow
Capacity: 45,360

  • Status: Complete

3. Kazan Arena

Back in 2013 Rubin Kazan changed their old Central Stadium and entered into new Kazan Arena. It is one of the biggest stadiums in Russia with most massive outside screen in the Europe that stands on the outer wall. It is completed and selected as the main one for the Confederation Cup.

  • City: Kazan
Capacity: 45,379
Status: Complete

4. Samara Arena

Samara Arena is still under construction, and it will be known as Cosmos Arena. It will complete in 2018 and the new home of Kylia Sovetov, which currently plays at Metallurg Stadium. Its futuristic design is something different because it is built in a space-age glass dome.

The name pays homage to Samara’s role in Soviet Union’s space-exploration program and constant prominence and new research of aerospace.

  • City: Samara

  • Capacity: 44,918

  • Status: Under construction (new)

5. Mordovia Arena

Mordovia is the part of Russia, and it is located 500 km from Moscow. It is a republic with one million citizens, but it is still the part of Russian Federation. This particular stadium will be the part of FC Mordovia Saransk the club that started the merger of two local teams back in 2005.

Even though the capacity will be 45,000, they will reduce it to 28,000 after the tournament because it will be more in line with people who live next to it. This is still an excellent chance for the third-division club.

  • City: Saransk

  • Capacity: 45,015
Status: Under construction (new)

6. Rostov Arena

The Rostov Arena will also be the new development part of the city next to Don River. It will also be the home of FC Rostov after the 2018 World Cup. It is 1000km south of Moscow. Even through Rostov have never won a league title, but they were so close back in 2015/2016 season right next to CSKA Moscow.

  • City: Rostov
  • Capacity: 45,000
Status: Under construction (new)

7. Fisht Stadium

This is one of the most exciting and most significant projects for the 2018 World Cup Russia. It was first built for Paralympic and Olympic Games back in 2014, and since then they have enclosed it in the indoor arena.

Of course, they had to change the appearance so that they can meet FIFA’s regulations. Therefore, they had to convert it into the open-air stadium. The government of Russia is the owner of the stadium, and it is not the home for any team.

  • City: Sochi

  • Capacity: 47,659
Status: Complete

8. Yekaterinburg Arena

This is the Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg which is a multipurpose stadium that they decided to construct just for the World Cup and for FC Ural Yekaterinburg. It will hold up to 35,000 fans; however, after the tournament they will reduce it to 25,000 capacities.

The ground has been remodeled, but still, the interior has to meet FIFA standards, so they had to change it completely. The best thing about it is the design of detachment that stands on the roof which looks like a canopy.

  • City: Yekaterinburg

  • Capacity: 35,000

  • Status: Under construction (upgrade)

9. Volgograd Arena

This is also new stadium which is designed explicitly for 2018 World Cup, but at the same time, it will become a home of FC Rotor Volgograd. For these particular purposes, they demolished Central Stadium at Volgograd in 2014, and since then they built utterly new venue according to FIFA standards.

Even though it is new, it contains eye-catching and sizeable open-lattice design. It will not host any knockout matches, and it is located 1000 km from Moscow.

  • City: Volgograd
Capacity: 45,568

  • Status: Under construction (new)

10. Nizhny Novgorod Arena

This is another riverside stadium that is located next to Oka and Volga rivers. You will be able to see Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin that will surround this fantastic venue.
After the World Cup Russia 2018, FC Olimpiyets Nizhny Novgorod will take the stadium as the home venue. They entered the second tier in the Russian Football League and became the biggest club in the city after FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod dissolution.

  • City: Nizhny Novgorod
Capacity: 44,899
Status: Under construction (new)

11. Kaliningrad Stadium

Kaliningrad is one of the unique parts of host cities for 2018 World Cup, but it is not the part of the mainland of Russia. It is more exclave between Lithuania and Poland and close to Warsaw and Stockholm to East.

It is an excellent place that will hold more than 35,000 fans for the World Cup, but after the tournament, they will reduce the capacity to 25,000 so that it can become the new home venue for FC Baltika Kaliningrad who plays now at Arena Baltika.

  • City: Kaliningrad

  • Capacity: 35,212

  • Status: Under construction (new)

12. Saint Petersburg Stadium

This is also one of the biggest stadiums in the Russia. It is also a different stadium that will become the part of this fantastic FIFA tournament. It looks stunning, and in the last nine years, they construct it from the latest features which make it over budget. They have finally moved on grounds in April 2017, and they hosted Confederations Cup last summer.

  • City: Saint Petersburg

  • Capacity: 68,134

  • Status: Complete


We have presented you all 12 venues that will be the part of 2018 World Cup. As you could see, Russia decided to construct lots of new stadiums, while they reconstructed a few to meet FIFA standards. Of course, it will be exciting to see each every one of them. So we recommend you to start before the World Cup begins.