The time is nearly here for the World Cup to begin. 32 countries from five confederations will battle it out for the biggest football prize of them all. The World Cup only comes around every four years so naturally football fans just cannot wait for the action to begin.
Russia will be the hosts of the 21st World Cup. Considering the size of Russia, travel times between stadiums is a bit of a concern for fans. However, in Russia’s host bid, they affirmed that all stadiums would be in or just outside of European Russia, making the logistics as practical as possible.
In this article we are going to have a look into the stadiums and host cities at this summer’s tournament. Many of the stadiums have been built for the World Cup, meaning that World Cup fans can enjoy an ultra-modern stadium experience. Nine stadiums will be brand new out of the 12, and the other three have been renovated.
A whopping 11.8 billion dollars have been spent on the World Cup stadia. Nobody can deny that Russia has put in a lot of work to ensure a great tournament spectacle!
Russia World Cup 2018 Host Cities
In September of 2012, Russia confirmed that there will be 11 host cities and 12 stadiums used for the finals. The cities below will be the host cities in Russia:
- St Petersburg
- Nizhny Novgorod
All the teams will set up their training camps and tournament preparations in specific cities, depending on which stadiums their games are taking place in. Some countries will stay in more than one city if their matches take place in locations which are a large distance from each other.
World Cup 2018 Stadiums
Let’s go into some more detail with the host cities and the stadiums in each one of these cities. Moscow and Saint Petersburg will be the two main host cities at this summer’s World Cup.
- Luzhniki Stadium. Capacity 81,000. The main stadium which will host seven matches including the first match, one of the semi-finals and the final
- Otkritie Arena. Capacity 45,360
- Krestovsky Stadium. Capacity 68,134. The second biggest stadium. Will host seven matches including one of the semi-finals, and the third place play-off
- Fisht Olympic Stadium. Capacity 47,659
- Cosmos Arena. Capacity 44,918
- Kazan Arena. Capacity 45,379
- Rostov Arena. Capacity 45,000
- Volgograd Arena. Capacity 45,568
- Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Capacity 44,899
- Mordovia Arena. Capacity 44,442
- Central Stadium. Capacity 35,696
- Kaliningrad Stadium. Capacity 35,212
We hope you enjoyed this quick mini-guide to the stadiums and host cities in Russia for this summer’s World Cup. The preparation for the finals has been impressive and Russia is promising a memorable and trouble-free tournament. It has to be said that all the money and work that has gone into building the stadia for the World Cup is evidence of this. Roll on the 14th June!