Can you feel the excitement? The FIFA World Cup is right around the corner, and it is enthralling! For those of us who can’t make the trip to Russia 2018, we’ll be planning where to watch every game. Choose your local sports bar, a buddy’s house or the comfort of your own sofa, but whatever you do, don’t miss a moment! Get ready to take a look at some incredible stadiums set for Russia 2018.
Saint Petersburg Stadium
The Saint Petersburg Stadium was initially supposed to be completed by 2008, but complications arose and eventually it was destined for Russia 2018. The construction crew managed to get it up by the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup which took place in Russia. This stadium currently has a capacity of 56,196 but the plan is to increase that number to 68,000. You can prepare to watch a semi-final game and the third-place playoffs here. This futuristic stadium even has a magnificent retractable roof!
The Rostov Arena has quite an interesting story. When the groundbreaking took place back in June 2013 during the preparations for Russia 2018, a remarkable discovery was made. Five shells were found almost-perfectly preserved from the Second World War. This stadium will host Brazil’s first match which will be against Switzerland with an expected capacity of 45,000 spectators. Once the FIFA World Cup comes to an end, the stadium will reduce its number of seats to 25,000.
If anyone recalls the FIFA World Cup in South Africa back in 2010, then Soccer City should serve as a visual resemblance to this stadium. The Saransk Stadium will hold up to 45,000 soccer fans but only for four group stage matches.
Similar to Saransk Stadium, this stadium has a capacity of 45,000 and will only host four FIFA World Cup matches – all being group stage games. The stadium replaced the original Central Stadium and following Russia 2018, will become the home for FC Rotor Volgograd.
And finally, the cream of the crop! The Luzhniki Stadium went up in 1956 and it can host an incredible 81,006 fans. It will be the host for the opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14th. But the best for Russia 2018, is that this stadium will be the grounds where the World Cup finals match will be played.