World Cup Stadiums Guide for Russia 2018

Russia 2018 kicks off on the 14th of June and on this page of our site, we have all the information you need on the stadiums that will be hosting the games. There are twelve stadiums in total that will be hosting the 64 World Cup matches and these are spread out over 1,800 miles. We have details on each of these below.

Luzhniki Stadium

Located in Moscow, the Luzhniki stadium is the largest venue. It has the capacity to hold 81,000 spectators. The opening game will be held here on the 14th of June as will the final 31 days later. This stadium originally opened in 1956 and re-opened again in 2018 after renovations. Spectators can expect average highs of 23C along with a 50% chance of rain. The stadium is located on the Moskva River in the west of the country and is located in park land. It is about 6km south-west of the city centre. The Luzhniki stadium used to be called the Central Lenin Stadium and it is steeped in history. It was built in just 450 days and initially held just over 100,000. It was the central venue for the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Renovations were carried out in the 1990s when it was renamed and has since then hosted the 1999 UEFA Cup Final and the 2008 Champions League final.

The matches taking place in Luzhniki Stadium 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 stadium has the capacity to hold 43,298 spectators and was opened in 2014. It is located in the north-west of Moscow on a former airfield in the district of Tushino. This stadium is the permanent home of Russian champions Spartak Moscow and the name was changed from Otkrytiye Arena for the World Cup. The exterior of the stadium features hundreds of connected diamonds that are coloured red and white but can be changed to reflect the teams playing.

The matches taking place at Spartak Stadium 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

This stadium is located in the Nizhegorod oblast region and lies approximately 265 miles east of Moscow. It has the capacity to hold 45,331 spectators and opened in 2018. It is situated on the West Bank of the river Volga and construction began in 2015. The stadium has been inspired by the nature in the Volga region and the circle design draws on wind and water. It also lights up at night.

The matches taking place at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium 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 is located in Saransk and can hold 44,442 spectators. It opened in 2018 and is located approximately 400 miles from Moscow. Saransk is the capital of the Republic of Mordovia and situated at the confluence of the Saransk and Insar rivers. This is one of the most colorful venues for Russia 2018 and has an orange, red and white exterior. It is located in the centre of Saransk. Initially the arena will hold 45,000 but this will be reduced to 28,000 after the World Cup by removing the upper tier and turning it into a walking concourse. It will then become home to FC Mordovia Saransk.

The matches being play at the Mordovia Arena 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 arena will hold 44,779 spectators and opened in 2013. It is located 510 miles from Moscow. Kazan is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan. It lies at the confluence of the Volga and Kazanka Rivers. The stadium itself was designed by the same architects that oversaw the new Wembley and Emirates Stadiums. It was completed in July 2013 and has become the home of Rubin Kazan. The stadium also hosted some of the competitions at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships when the football pitch was replaced by two swimming pools.

The matches being played at the Kazan Arena 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 is located 655 miles from Moscow and has a capacity of 44,807. It opened in 2018 and is situated in the south-eastern part of European Russia at the confluence of the Volga and Samara rivers. The arena has a dome structure and metallic look. It also lights up at night and is designed around a space theme to reflect the regions aerospace sector. It will be renamed after the World Cup to the Cosmos Arena and will become the new home of Krylia Sovetov.

Matches being played at the Samara Arena 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

This arena is located in Russia’s fourth largest city and is on the borderline of Europe and Russia. The stadium is located 1,090 miles from Moscow and can hold 35,696 spectators. It opened in 1953 and had new stands and roof installed for 2018. Ekaterinburg is located at the foot of the Ural Mountains and this is the most eastern stadium being used in the World Cup. This stadium has some unique design elements and temporary extra seating that stretches beyond the outside of the stadium was added to make the venue suitable for the World Cup. The stadium was originally called Central Stadium and was built between 1953 and 1957. It was redeveloped between 2007 and 2011 and is the home of Premier League side Ural Ekaterinburg.

Matches taking place at Ekaterinburg Arena 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 located 425 miles from Moscow and can hold 68,134 spectators. It opened in 2017. It is the most northern venue situated at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. It is also known as the Krestovsky Stadium or Zenit Arena by day. For the World Cup it is being called the Saint Petersburg Stadium. The stadium was built from Kisho Kurokawa’s “The Spaceship” design and is a scaled down version of the Toyota Stadium in Toyota City, Japan. It has a sliding pitch and retractable room and is one of the most technologically advanced stadiums in the world. It will be home to Russian Club Zenit St. Petersburg and will also host group stage matches in Euro 2020.

The 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 located 770 miles from Moscow and can hold 35,212 spectators. It opened in 2018. Kaliningrad is a Russian exclave situated on the Baltic Sea between Poland and Lithuania. The stadium design is based loosely on Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena and this new built had a number of difficulties including bankruptcy. It was initially to hold 45,000 spectators and have a retractable roof but this was scaled back to a roofless 35,000 stadium. After the World Cup the stadium will have 10,000 seats removed and become home to Russian team Baltika Kaliningrad.

Matches being played at this stadium 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 opened in 2018 and can hold 45,568 spectators. It is located 585 miles from Moscow and was formerly Stalingrad. The stadium was built for the World Cup and was constructed on the site of the demolished Central Stadium which stood since 1958. It has a meshed, lattice-like exterior and cabled roof. It is one of the most distinctive stadiums for the competition and will be reduced to a capacity of 35,000 after the World Cup finishes. It will then become the new home of Russian side Rotor Volgograd.

Matches being played at this stadium 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 can hold 45,145 spectators and is located 690 miles south of Moscow. It is 20 miles from the Sea of Azov. This is another new stadium and when work began a number of intact shells from World War II were discovered. It is situated on the southern bank of the River Don and the stadium will form part of a new city centre that is being built. After the World Cup this stadium will be reduced to hold just 25,000 spectators and will become home to FC Rostov.

Matches being played at the Rostov Arena 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

Located in Sochi, 1040 miles from Moscow, the Fisht Stadium opened in 2013 and can hold 47,700 spectators. Sochi is located on the coast of the Black Sea and stretches for 140km making it the longest city in Europe. It is the most southerly venue for World Cup 2018. The Fisht Stadium was built for the 2014 Winter Olympics and was designed to resemble snowy peaks. It was originally named after Mount Fisht in the Caucasus mountains. The two ends of the stadium were previously open and views of the Krasnaya Polyana Mountains and the Black Sea were visible. These have been filled with temporary seating for Russia 2018.

Matches taking places are the Fisht Stadium 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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