The World Cup is now just a week away and the excitement is certainly building, with nations playing their final warm-up games before getting on the plane to Russia where they’ll settle into their training camps before the competition gets underway on the 14th June in Moscow.
A huge part of any World Cup is certainly the stadiums. New ones are built in preparation, traditional ones are filled for the first time in years and the atmosphere is almost always electric. From the intense sounds of the Venezuela in South Africa to the samba beats we heard in Brazil in 2014, you just can’t beat being at a World Cup game. Let’s take a look at the stadiums that will be hosting games this summer:
The opening ceremony and the opening fixture will be held at Luzhniki Stadium, in Moscow. This impressive bowl of a stadium has a capacity of 80,000 people and is the national stadium of Russia. It’s part of the Luzhniki Olympic Park and gets its name from the Luzhniki River, that runs throughout the area. This is the biggest stadium that you’ll see in the World Cup this summer, with Zenit Arena a close second.
You’ll never guess who plays their football here. Yep, the clue is in the name. Zenit St.Petersburg call this their home, and it also goes by the name Krestovsky Stadium. This is another beautiful stadium that features a retractable roof and a capacity of 68,000 after being opened in 2017.
Fisht Olympic Stadium
This stadium, opened in 2009, was built primarily for the Winter Olympics back in 2014. It’s situated in Sochi and will host the eagerly anticipated game in Group B between neighbours Spain and Portugal. The stadium, that features two large arching stands, can hold just under 50,000.
This is a thing of beauty, especially at night. The 45,000 seater stadium opened this year and is home to second division side Rotor FC. The stadium features a web-like frame that surrounds and supports the venue that also acts as a beautiful piece of architecture. England will play their opening game against Tunisia in this stadium on the 18th June.
If you’re interested in learning more about all of the stadiums that will be used at this summer’s World Cup, you can find them all on StadiumDB. They are by far the best directory for all things stadia, with hundreds of venues being listed on the site from all over the world.