Russia 2018 World Cup – Quick Guide To All The Stadiums

The 2018 World Cup in Russia will be played out 12 stadiums across the country and all participating nations hope to write history . The stadiums spread over 2,900km between the far-west Kaliningrad Stadium at the Baltic Sea and the Ekaterinburg Arena.

This quick guide to all stadiums at the Russia 2018 World Cup will give you details about the capacity, costs of the stadiums , their game schedule during the World Cup, what you should look for when you are at the stadium and the easiest way to get to the stadium.

Kazan Arena

the world cup stadium kazan arena from the outside in russia 2018

Capacity: 45,379
Opening: 2013
Cost: $439.7m

Matches
16 June 2018 13:00 | France vs Australia | Group C
20 June 2018 21:00 | Iran vs Spain | Group B
24 June 2018 21:00 | Poland vs Colombia | Group H
27 June 2018 17:00 | Korea Republic vs Germany | Group F
30 June 2018 17:00 | 1C vs 2D | Round of 16
6 July 2018 21:00 | W53 vs W54 | Quarter Final

The Kazan Arena is a very stylistic, modern and expensive sporting arena that has been build just a few years ago. Designed by Populous who was also responsible for the design of the Wembley Stadium and working for the Emirates, Kazan Arena was build for the Summer Universiade. Now the timeless modern stadium will serve the World Cup. It’s only 5 years old but it will the oldest stadium in use for the World Cup.

What To Look For

It’s a solid stadium. It withstand its first test at the Confederation Cup successfully without any real problems. The only issue is the location as it is faraway from the cities metro and even taxi drivers declined rides.Fun fact: It is the only football stadium in the world where 12 world records have been set…..in swimming. Additionally, it also has the world’s biggest outdoor high definition screen. It covers over 4000 square metres.

How To Get There

The Kazan Arena will be accessible via public transportation (Tram/Bus): High-Speed Tram 5, Normal Tram 6, Trolleybus 2/13, Bus 75/45/33/62

 

Ekaterinburg Arena

the world cup stadium ekaterinburg arena from the outside in russia 2018

Capacity: 35,696
Opening: December 2017
Cost: $215m

Matches
15 June 2018 17:00 | Egypt vs Uruguay | Group A
21 June 2018 17:00 | France vs Peru | Group C
24 June 2018 20:00 | Japan vs Senegal | Group H
27 June 2018 19:00 | Mexico vs Sweden | Group F

Technically, the opening date is incorrect. This stadium has been built in 1957 but it had to undergo a much need upgrade. The big international football has not set a foot inside that stadium once, so it will be a real big test to see if the stadium can allow to host a world cup football match.

What To Look For

It will be very hard to miss this exclusive seating design. The seats behind both goals are ‘outside’ of the stadium. It was never planned to have that many seats originally inside the stadium so they just placed temporary seats for the world cup behind both goals. All due to the reason to not destroy the original facade of the old stadium and to ensure the minimum capacity of 35,000 seats for world cup matches required by the FIFA.

How To Get There

Located in the central part of the city, the nearest metro station will be Ploschad 1905 Goda. From there you can the busses 2/3/7/17/19 for a short ride to the stadium.

 

Fisht Stadium

the world cup stadium fisht stadium with an inside look in russia 2018

Capacity: 47,656
Opening: 2013
Cost: $519m

Matches
15 June 2018 21:00 | Portugal vs Spain | Group B
18 June 2018 18:00 | Belgium vs Panama | Group G
23 June 2018 18:00 | Germany vs Sweden | Group F
26 June 2018 17:00 | Australia vs Peru | Group C
30 June 2018 21:00 | 1A vs 2B | Round of 16
7 July 2018 21:00 | W51 vs W52 | Quarter Final

You might not remember the name, but this stadium already played an important role for the winter olympics and paralympics in 2014. Along with the Stadio Olimpico in Turin, it will a stadium that held both winter olympics and the world cup.

What To Look For

Not only is the roof design of the stadium magnificent but also its location. At the south side of the stadium, you will have the black sea and in the north, you can see the Krasnaya Polyana mountains.

How To Get There

The Fisht Stadium is about 25 km away from Sochi does not make this an easy task. If you are coming straight from the airport, take the bus 57k and the bus 57 operates between the Adler train station and the stadium.

 

Kaliningrad Stadium

the world cup stadium kaliningrad from the inside in russia 2018

Capacity: 35,212
Opening: 2017
Cost: $300m

Matches
16 June 2018 21:00 | Croatia vs Nigeria | Group D
22 June 2018 20:00 | Serbia vs Switzerland | Group E
25 June 2018 20:00 | Spain vs Morocco | Group B
28 June 2018 20:00 | England vs Belgium | Group G

Brand new and an impressive stadium build after the design of the Allianz Arena in Munich. Located in the east of the city centre, the wilderness in that area has been proven to be a difficult task. The original design was planned to be bigger with a retractable roof. Those plans had to quickly change due to environment not being solid enough for such a big structure.

How To Get There

As of right now, there are no public transport stops there yet but the access roads will be build in time for the world cup. Keep checking on the public transportation service just before your arrival at the Kaliningrad Stadium.

 

Spartak Stadium

the world cup stadium spartak stadium from the outside in russia 2018

Capacity: 45,360
Opening: 2014
Cost: $430m

Matches
16 June 2018 16:00 –|Argentina vs Iceland | Group D
19 June 2018 15:00 | Poland vs Senegal | Group H
23 June 2018 15:00 | Belgium vs Tunisia | Group B
26 June 2018 17:00 | Serbia vs Brazil | Group C
3 July 2018 21:00 | 1H vs 2G | Round of 16

Home of Spartak Moscow, this stadium might be the most famous one for the common football fans. With a capacity of over 45,000 and a patterned red and white look on the outside, the time spent in this stadium will be very much enjoyable

What To Look For

Look out for the Thracian Gladiator Spartacus which will be the most popular spot for the visitors to take images. The atmosphere has the chance to be the best in the Spartak Stadium as the crowd will be very close to the field

How To Get There

It can’t be easier to get there than just using the metro system of Moscow and head over to the Spartak Metro station. You will end up right at the stadium.

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Luzhniki Stadium

the world cup stadium luzhniki stadium from the outside in russia 2018

Capacity: 80,000
Opening: 1956
Cost: $400m

Matches
14 June 2018 18:00 | Russia vs Saudi Arabia | Group A
17 June 2018 18:00 | Germany vs Mexico | Group F
20 June 2018 15:00 | Portugal vs Morocco | Group B
26 June 2018 17:00 | Denmark vs France | Group C
1 July 2018 17:00 | 1B vs 2A | Round of 16
11 July 2018 21:00 | W59 vs W60 | Semi Final
15 July 2018 18:00 | W61 vs W62 | Final

With over 3000 games played at club and international level, this stadium is filled with history. In 1980, it hosted the Olympics, in 1999 the Uefa Cup final, in 2008 the Champions League final and in 2013 the World Athletics Championship. It undergo an extensive renovation just for the World Cup and opened up again in 2017.

What To Look For

Formerly known as the Central Lenin Stadium, the classic Soviet facade has been preserved and you will able to see a huge statue of Lenin at the front entrance.

How To Get There

You will be able to reach the stadium via the metro. The closest metro station will be either Sportivnaya or Vorob’yovy Gory as both are within walking distance to the stadium.

 

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

the world cup stadium nizhny novgorod stadium from the outside in russia 2018

Capacity: 44,899
Opening: 2017
Cost: $290m

Matches
18 June 2018 15:00 | Sweden vs Korea Republic | Group F
21 June 2018 21:00 | Argentina vs Croatia | Group D
24 June 2018 15:00 | England vs Panama | Group G
27 June 2018 21:00 | Switzerland vs Costa Rica | Group E
1 July 2018 21:00 | 1D vs 2C | Round of 16
6 July 2018 17:00 | W49 vs W50 | Quarter Final

It’s a brand new stadium with an astonishing design. Huge slim pillars are forming the stadium with a transparent facade.Just for the view over the 500 years old Kremlin in Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin it is worth to visit stadium.

How To Get There

You will be able to reach the stadium via the metro. The closest metro station will be Strelka expected to open just right before the World Cup starts.

 

Rostov Stadium

the world cup stadium rostov stadium from the outside in russia 2018

Capacity: 45,145
Opening: 2017
Cost: $330m

Matches
17 June 2018 21:00 | Brazil vs Switzerland | Group E
20 June 2018 18:00 | Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia | Group A
23 June 2018 21:00 | Korea Republic vs Mexico | Group F
26 June 2018 21:00 | Iceland vs Croatia | Group D
2 July 2018 21:00 | 1G vs 2H | Round of 16

Another brand new stadium close to a river as well. With all the massive constructions going on during the World Cup and the high goals set by the government, most projects had to be readjusted to be ready in time and within a reasonable cost. This stadium as well had to cut down on their special roof design which makes it now look like just any other stadium.

What To Look For

Nevertheless, if you are there take a look at the roof design. It was designed to imitate the windling river next to it.

How To Get There

From the northern part of the city, you can get to the stadium by the bus 516. Alternatively, you can take the bus 39 but you will arrive on the other side of the stadium. Coming from the south side of the city, you can take the train to the Zarechnaya station, which is only two bus stops away from the stadium.

 

Saint Petersburg Stadium

the world cup stadium saint petersburg stadium from the outside in russia 2018

Capacity: 64,287
Opening: 2017
Cost: $1.5bn (rumours)

Matches
15 June 2018 17:00 | Morocco vs Iran | Group B
19 June 2018 21:00 | Russia vs Egypt | Group A
22 June 2018 15:00 | Brazil vs Costa Rica | Group E
26 June 2018 21:00 | Nigeria vs Argentina | Group D
3 July 2018 17:00 | 1F vs 2E | Round of 16
10 July 2018 21:00 | W57 vs W58 | Semi Final
14 July 2018 17:00 | L61 vs L62 | Third Place

It was supposed to be the most exciting ever existing stadium but ended up in a scandal about delays, extremely high costs and other controversies. With over a decade of building the stadium, it ended up being the most expensive stadium in the world.

What To Look For

Neglect the costs of the stadium and focus on the view onto the Gulf of Finland and its gracious spaceship design. On a sidenote, be sure to arrive as early as you can at the stadium. At the Confederations Cup, the test run was badly organized and the stadium only started filling up towards the half-time of the game.

How To Get There

The most convenient option for you to get to the stadium will be taking the metro getting out at the Kresovsky Ostrov station which is then only a few minutes away from the stadium. The closest tram stop will be near Yakhtennaya Street. Take the bus 101,101A,110,134A,134Ш,170,221,216,32,93, and trams 19,48

 

Samara Arena

the world cup stadium samara arena from the outside in russia 2018

Capacity: 44,807
Opening: Beginning of 2018
Cost: $320m

Matches
17 June 2018 16:00 | Costa Rica vs Serbia | Group E
21 June 2018 19:00 | Denmark vs Australia | Group C
25 June 2018 18:00 | Uruguay vs Russia | Group A
28 June 2018 18:00 | Senegal vs Colombia | Group H
2 July 2018 18:00 | 1E vs 2F | Round of 16
7 July 2018 18:00 | W55 vs W56 | Quarter Final

The construction was not easy but it was really worth it. With a 65m high glass dome it must be the most attractive roof you will ever see at a football stadium

What To Look For

Make sure to visit the city itself as it could be worth a couple of nights inside this energetic atmosphere.

How To Get There

It is still unclear as the surrounding area and infrastructure is still being built. But there will be dedicated taxis and public busses.

 

Mordovia Arena

the world cup stadium mordovia arena from the outside in russia 2018

Capacity: 44,442
Opening: Beginning of 2018
Cost: $300m

Matches
16 June 2018 19:00 | Peru vs Denmark | Group C
19 June 2018 18:00 | Colombia vs Japan | Group H
25 June 2018 21:00 | Iran vs Portugal | Group B
28 June 2018 21:00 | Panama vs Tunisia | Group G

Probably the most surprising choice to hold a world cup with just about 300,000 people in Saransk.

How To Get There

With only a 10 minute ride from the airport to the stadium, it is very convenient to travel to the stadium and public shuttle busses will be provided traveling between the stadium and the airport, train station and hotels.

 

Volgograd Arena

the world cup stadium volgograd arena from the inside in russia 2018

Capacity: 45,568
Opening: Beginning of 2018
Cost: $280m

Matches
18 June 2018 21:00 | Tunisia vs England | Group G
22 June 2018 18:00 | Nigeria vs Iceland | Group D
25 June 2018 17:00 | Saudi Arabia vs Egypt | Group A
28 June 2018 17:00 | Japan vs Poland | Group H

The stadium had to carefully be combed as unexploded ordnance after bombs from the battle of stalingrad were found near the stadium. Now it just slightly behind the schedule, but it will open just in time and safe to visit.

How To Get There

You can get to the stadium via bus, trolleybus, high-speed tram or commuter train. The closest high-speed tram station will be the Central Stadium and the closest commuter train station is Mamaev Kurgan Station

 

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