Guide to The World Cup 2018 Stadiums in Russia

Below is our guide to World Cup stadiums 2018. All the action takes place in Russia from the 14th of June. There are twelve stadiums in total that will be hosting the 64 World Cup matches and the details on each is below.

Luzhniki Stadium

Located in Moscow, the Luzhniki stadium is the largest of the World Cup stadiums 2018. It holds up to 81,000 fans and will be the venue for the opening game on the 14th of June as well as the final in July. This World Cup stadium opened in 1956 and was renovated for 2018. It is located on the Moskva River in the west and surrounded by park land. It is 6Km south-west of the city centre. It used to be called the Central Lenin Stadium and is full of history. It was the central venue for the Moscow Olympics in 1980 and it hosted the 1999 UEFA Cup Finals and the 2008 Champions League final.

Matches being held here are:

  • 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

Spartak Stadium

Located in Moscow, this World Cup stadium can hold 43,298 people. It opened in 2014. It is located in the north-west in the district of Tushino. It is the home of the Spartak Moscow and it was renamed Spartak Stadium from Otkrytiye Arena for the World Cup. There are hundreds of red and white diamonds on the exterior and these will change colours to reflect the teams playing.

Matches being held here are:

  • 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

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Located 265 miles east of Moscow in the Nizhegorod oblast region, this stadium which lights up at night holds 45,331 spectators. It opened in 2018. It is located on the west bank of the Volga river. The design was inspired by the nature of the region and has a circular design said to depict wind and water.

Matches being held here are:

  • 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

Mordovia Arena

This stadium can be found 400 miles from Moscow in Saransk. It can hold 44,442 spectators but this will be reduced to 28,000 after the World Cup when the upper tier is turned into a walking concourse. Saransk is the capital of the Republic of Mordovia and this is one of the most colourful World Cup Stadiums for 2018. After the tournament, it will become the home of FC Mordovia Saransk.

Matches being played here are:

  • 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

Kazan Arena

This stadium is located 510 miles from Moscow. Kazan is the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan. The arena will hold 44,779 spectators. It opened in 2013. The architects who designed the arena were also involved in the new Wembley and Emirates Stadiums. It is home to Rubin Kazan and has hosted the 2015 World Aquatic Championships.

Matches being played here are:

  • 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

Samara Arena

The Samara Arena can hold 44,807 spectators and opened in 2018. Situated 655 miles from Moscow in the south-eastern part of European Russia, it will become the home of Krylia Sovetov after the World Cup and be renamed the Cosmos Arena. The stadium has a dome structure and metallic look and it also lights up at night. The space theme reflects this regions aerospace sector.

Matches being played here are:

  • 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

Ekaterinburg Arena

Found in Russia’s fourth largest city on the borderline of Europe and Russia at the foot of the Ural Mountains, the Ekaterinburg Area opened in 1953. It is located 1,090 miles from Moscow and can hold 35,696 spectators. New stands and roof were added for 2018. The temporary seating that has been added stretches beyond the outside of the stadium. Originally called Central Stadium, Ekaterinburg Arena is home to Ural Ekaterinbury the Premier League side.

Matches taking place here are:

  • 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

Saint Petersburg Stadium

This stadium is the most northern venue for the World Cup and can be found 425 miles from Moscow. It opened in 2017 and can hold 68,134 spectators. It is situated at the heaed of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea and is also known as the Krestovsky Stadium or Zenit Arena during the day. It has been renamed the Saint Petersburg Stadium for the World Cup. The stadium is a scaled down version of the Toyota Stadium in Japan. It has a retractable room and is one of the most technologically advanced stadiums in the world. The stadium will host group stage matches for Euro 2020 and will become home to Zenit St. Petersburg.

Matches being held at Saint Petersburg Stadium are:

  • 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

Kaliningrad Stadium

The Kaliningrad stadium is situated on the Baltic Sea between Poland and Lithuania. It is 770 miles from Moscow and can hold 35,212 spectators. It opened in 2018 and is designed on the Allianz Arena of Bayern Munich. It was supposed to hold 45,000 spectators and have a retractable roof but a number of difficulties including bankruptcy prevented this. Once the World Cup is over, the stadium will have 10,000 seats removed and will become home to Baltika Kaliningrad.

Matches being played here are:

  • 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

Volgograd Arena

The Volgograd Arena which holds 45,568 spectators opened in 2018. It was built solely for the World Cup and will become the home of Rotor Volograd. The stadium was constructed on the site of the demolished Central Stadium which had stood since 1958. It is one of the most distinctive stadiums in the World Cup and capacity will be reduced to 35,000 after the tournament finishes.

Matches being played here are:

  • 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

Rostov Arena

The Rostov Arena is located 690 miles south of Moscow and approximately 20 miles from the Sea of Azov. The stadium opened in 2018 and is located on the southern bank of the Don river. The stadium will form part of a new city centre and when construction began, a number of intact shells from WWII were found. It can hold 45,145 spectators but this number will be reduced to 25,000 after the World Cup and the arena will become home to FC Rostov.

Matches being played here are:

  • 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

Fisht Stadium

Fisht Stadium is located 1040 miles from Moscow in Sochi. The stadium has a capacity of 47,000 and opened in 2013. Sochi is located on the coast of the Black Sea and is the longest city in Europe stretching 140km. The stadium was originally build for the 2014 Winter Olympics and resembles snowy peaks. The two ends of the stadium used to be open with views of the Krasnaya Polyana Mountains and the Black Sea. These areas have been filled with temporary seating to make it a 2018 World Cup stadium.

Matches taking places here are:

  • 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

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