FIFA World Cup Stadiums 2018

Soccer World Cup Stadiums – Russia

There will be a total of 12 World Cup 2018 stadiums being used across 11 cities in Russia. The magnificent Luzhniki Stadium and Spartak Stadium are both based in Russia’s capital city, Moscow.

Which Russian venues and grounds will host the FIFA World Cup 2018?

All of the World Cup grounds at Russia have either been built within the last 6 years, or immensely revamped or rebuilt in the same period.

Map of Russian Football Stadiums hosting the World Cup

World Cup Stadiums 2018

Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Year Opened: 1956
Year Last Refurbished: 2017
Capacity: 81,000

History: The venue was has been used for several huge sporting events, most notably the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games and the 2013 World Athletics Championships, as well as hosting the 1999 UEFA Cup Final. The venue has been renovated three times; in 1997, 2004 and most recently, 2017. This will be the premier ground out of all 12 World Cup 2018 venues.

2018 World Cup Matches

14 June @ 6pm – Russia v Saudi Arabia
17 June @ 6pm – Germany v Mexico
20 June @ 3pm – Portugal v Morocco
26 June @ 5pm – Denmark v France
1 July @ 5pm – Round of 16 – 2nd Group A v 1st Group B
11 July @ 9pm – Semi Final #2
15 July @ 6pm – World Cup Final

Spartak Stadium, Moscow

Year Opened: 2014
Capacity: 45,360

History: The venue was initially planned to be built in early 2010, but by that time the project was still in the design stage. It was until later in the year that construction began. In February 2013 it was given the commercial name Otkrytiye Arena, however for the duration of the World Cup it will be referred to as Spartak Stadium.

2018 World Cup Matches

16 June @ 4pm – Argentina v Iceland
19 June @ 6pm – Poland v Senegal
23 June @ 3pm – Belgium v Tunisia
27 June @ 9pm – Serbia v Brazil
3 July @ 5pm – Round of 16 – 2nd Group G v 1st Group H

Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaterinburg

Year Opened: 1957
Year Last Refurbished: 2017
Capacity: 35,696

History: Commonly known as Central Stadium, this venue was renovated in 2011 and again in 2017 to increase the capacity and improve the aesthetics. It will be referred to as Ekaterinburg Arena for the duration of the World Cup. It was first most prominently used to host speed skating events. 12,000 temporary seats have been added to the venue for the World Cup, all of which will be removed afterwards.

2018 World Cup Matches

15 June @ 5pm – Egypt v Uruguay
21 June @ 6pm – France v Peru
24 June @ 8pm – Japan v Senegal
27 June @ 7pm – Mexico v Sweden

Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg

Year Opened: 2017
Capacity: 67,000

History: This modern stadium, otherwise known as Krestovsky Stadium outside of the World Cup, was opened in 2017 with the tag of being one of the most expensive stadiums ever built. Construction began in September 2006 and was scheduled to be completed in late 2008, but it took another 8 years before it was completed. It has a retractable roof and was built on the site of the former Kirov Stadium, which was one of the largest stadiums in the world, with 84,000 seats and standing room for a further 16,000.

2018 World Cup Matches

15 June @ 6pm – Morocco v Iran
19 June @ 9pm – Russia v Egypt
22 June @ 3pm – Brazil v Costa Rica
26 June @ 9pm – Nigeria v Argentina
3 July @ 5pm – 2nd Group E v 1st Group F
10 July @ 9pm – Semi Final #1
14 July @ 5pm – Play off for Third

Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad

Year Opened: 2018
Capacity: 35,212

History: Construction of this venue began in 2015 specifically as a World Cup venue, after the original bid location at Mostovik was declared bankrupt. It was completed in late 2017 and will be used for the first time at the World Cup.

2018 World Cup Matches

16 June @ 9pm – Croatia v Nigeria
22 June @ 8pm – Serbia v Switzerland
25 June @ 8pm – Spain v Morocco
28 June @ 8pm – England v Belgium

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

Year Opened: 2018
Capacity: 44,899

History: Another stadium that has been purposely built for the World Cup. Construction began in 2015 and was completed only slightly over budget and within the time frame set down.

2018 World Cup Matches

18 June @ 3pm – Sweden v South Korea
21 June @ 9pm – Argentina v Croatia
24 June @ 3pm – England v Panama
27 June @ 9pm – Switzerland v Costa Rica
1 July @ 9pm – 2nd Group C v 1st Group D
6 July @ 5pm – Quarter Final #1

Mordovia Arena, Saransk

Year Opened: 2018
Capacity: 44,442

History: This world class stadium is another that has been built for the 2018 World Cup. Construction began in 2010 and was completed in early 2018. The state-of-art facility will have undersoil and overground heating as well as specialised turf brought over from Canada.

2018 World Cup Matches

16 June @ 7pm – Peru v Denmark
19 June @ 3pm – Colombia v Japan
25 June @ 9pm – Iran v Portugal
28 June @ 9pm – Panama v Tunisia

Kazan Arena, Kazan

Year Opened: 2013
Capacity: 45,379

History: The most notable aspect about this venue is the huge outside television screen, the largest in all of Europe. It has hosted the 2015 World Aquatics Championships and the 2017 Confederations Cup.

2018 World Cup Matches

16 June @ 1pm – France v Australia
20 June @ 9pm – Iran v Spain
24 June @ 9pm – Poland v Colombia
27 June @ 5pm – South Korea v Germany
30 June @ 5pm – 2nd Group D v 1st Group C
6 July @ 9pm – Quarter Final #2

Samara Arena, Samara

Year Opened: 2018
Capacity: 44,918

History: One of the newest stadiums saw construction completed in 2018, located in an area proud of its involvement in the Soviet space programs. The design is striking and somewhat intergalactic in appearance, hence it’s common name, Cosmos Arena. The venue was originally suggested to be built south west on a small island, however there wasn’t even a bridge to cross the river to get there, so it was moved to its current location. It will also make its debut at the World Cup.

2018 World Cup Matches

17 June @ 4pm – Costa Rica v Serbia
21 June @ 4pm – Denmark v Australia
25 June @ 6pm – Uruguay v Russia
28 June @ 6pm – Senegal v Colombia
2 July @ 6pm – 2nd Group F v 1st Group E
7 July @ 6pm – Quarter Final #3

Volgograd Arena, Volgograd

Year Opened: 2018
Capacity: 45,568

History: This brand new Arena has been built on the site of the former Central Stadium and was commissioned for the 2018 World Cup. It will boast over 13,000 more seats than the former venue and is expected to improve the region markedly.

2018 World Cup Matches

18 June @ 9pm – Tunisia v England
22 June @ 6pm – Nigeria v Iceland
25 June @ 5pm – Saudi Arabia v Egypt
28 June @ 5pm – Japan v Poland

Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don

Year Opened: 2018
Capacity: 45,000

History: This brand new venue is the first stage of an immense development. Construction began in 2015 and was completed at the beginning of 2018, with a uniquely shaped roof and stands. It will be used for the first time at the 2018 World Cup.

2018 World Cup Matches

17 June @ 9pm – Brazil v Switzerland
20 June @ 6pm – Uruguay v Saudi Arabia
23 June @ 6pm – South Korea v Mexico
26 June @ 9pm – Iceland v Croatia
2 July @ 9pm – 2nd Group H v 1st Group G

Fisht Stadium, Sochi

Year Opened: 2013
Capacity: 41,220

History: This facility was built for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics before also hosting matches in the 2017 Confederations Cup. Some 1200 extra temporary seats have been added to each end of the stadium for the World Cup. It’s located in a sporting complex that includes the Sochi Formula 1 circuit.

2018 World Cup Matches

15 June @ 9pm – Portugal v Spain
18 June @ 6pm – Belgium v Panama
23 June @ 9pm – Germany v Sweden
26 June @ 5pm – Australia v Peru
30 June @ 9pm – 2nd Group B v 1st Group A
7 July @ 9pm – Quarter Final #4