World Cup 2018 Stadium Guide

2018 World Cup Complete Stadium Guides

The 2018 World Cup has finally arrived, with 64 matches set to be played over the next 31 days. In order to accommodate all of these matches, Russia had to build 9 new stadiums for a total of 12 that will host World Cup matches. To keep you up to date, Bet UK have created a guide to all stadiums, both new and old, so you know where you can watch the action this summer.

Samara Arena

Also known as the Cosmos Arena, the Samara Arena is the first of the new stadiums built solely for the World Cup. Now home to second division side FC Krylia Sovetov Samara, the ground was officially opened on the 28th April 2018 after 4 years of construction.

Where is it?

Based in the city of Samara, the stadium is located in the north west of the city at its highest point. The stadium is approximately 15 km away from the closest train station and 32 km from the nearest airport.

What’s the capacity?

The current capacity is 44,918, but this will be increased to 45,000 for the World Cup.

Who is playing there?

The ground will be home to 4 group stage matches, as well as 2 knockout games. Home nation Russia will play there on the 25th June, but the biggest game will surely be the Quarter Final on the 7th July. If England finish 2nd in their group and then advance through the round of 16, their next match will be at the Samara Arena.

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium is another new ground that finished construction in 2018. The stadium was built for multiple uses, including concerts and other sporting events. Currently not home to anyone, the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium is expected to be given to local 2nd division team FC Olympiec.

Where is it?

The Nizhny Novgorod is built on the edges of the Volga and Oka River, standing opposite the Kremlin. A dedicated metro station., the Strelka station, has been built to allow for easy access to the ground.

What’s the capacity?

The capacity for the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium is exactly 45,000.

Who is playing there?

4 group matches and 2 knockout matches will be played here. 2 standout group games include Argentina v Croatia in Group D, as well as England’s second group game against Panama.

Volgograd Arena

Another new ground, the Volgograd Arena was built on the site of Central Stadium. The stadium was designed with the view of a multipurpose arena, including a sports complex to be used by the public. FC Rotor Volgograd will play their 2nd division games at the Volgograd Arena after the World Cup

Where is it?

The Arena has been built on the edge of the Volga River. The Arena can be reached by buses, trams and trains, with all stops within walking distance of the ground.

What’s the capacity?

The Volgograd Arena can hold 45,000 fans, including over 600 VIP seats.

Who is playing there?

The first game played at the Volgograd Arena will be England v Tunisia on the 18th June. Despite having the same capacity as the Samara Arena and the Nizhny Novgorod, Volgograd will only host 4 group game matches.

Mordovia Arena

The Mordovia Arena was initially designed by Tim Hupe, who designed the Soccer City Stadium in South Africa which was home to the 2010 World Cup final. Although not as big, the stadium still looks very impressive. Mordovian people often use the Sun as the main symbol in local legend and myths. This is clear when looking at the ground both inside and out, with bright orange covering the seats.

Where is it?

The stadium is right in the centre of Saransk. Easy access has been prepared, with shuttle buses prepared from the airport, railway station and specific hotels.

What is the capacity?

For the World Cup, the capacity has been set at 45,000. However, the upper tiers will be demolished, decreased capacity to 28,000.

Who is playing there?

The Mordovia Arena will only play host to 4 group games. England opponents Panama and Tunisia will face off here, as well as potential round of 16 opponents Colombia and Japan.

Luzhniki Stadium

The Luzhniki Stadium is the home of the Russian national team. The Luzhniki has hosted several big events before, including the famous 2008 Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea. The Luzhniki is one of the only stadiums in Europe that uses a FIFA approved artificial pitch.

Where is it?

The Luzhniki is located in the south west of Moscow, on the bend of the Moskva River. The stadium can be reached by 3 main metro stations: Sportivnaya, Vorobyovy Gory and Luzhniki.

What is the capacity?

The Luzhniki Stadium is the biggest ground being used for the 2018 World Cup, with a 81,000 capacity.

Who is playing there?

The World Cup final will be held at the Luzhniki Stadium on the 15th July. The stadium will also host the opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia. Alongside the final 4 group games, one Round of 16 match and a Semi Final will be held here. To take a look at all of the biggest fixtures at the Luzhniki Stadium, click here.

Otkritie Arena

Home to Spartak Moscow since 2014, the Otkritie Arena is the 2nd stadium in Moscow. Home to 3 Confederations Cup matches in 2017, the Otkritie is no stranger to national tournaments.

Where is it?

The Otkritie Arena is located just inside the Moscow ring road on the north west side of the city. The stadium has its own metro station, Spartak station, that can be reached on line 7.

What is the capacity?

Spartak Moscow might be one of the biggest teams in Russia, but the Otkritie can only hold 45,360.

Who is playing there?

Despite being one of the chosen stadiums for last summer's Confederations Cup, only 5 matches will be played here. Early tournament favourites Brazil will play a group match here, as well as Argentina and Belgium. One Round of 16 match will be played here, which could be England if they finish 2nd in Group G.

Krestovsky Stadium

Often called the Saint-Petersburg Stadium, or the Zenit Arena, the Krestovsky Stadium is one of the most expensive stadiums in the world. Built to accommodate Zenit St Petersburg, the stadium was completed in 2017, costing just over £823m.

Where is it?

The stadium was built in the same location as the demolished Kirov Stadium, on the Krestovsky Island.

What is the capacity?

The normal capacity has been increased from 56,196 to 67,000 for the World Cup.

Who is playing there?

The Krestovsky Stadium is hosting 7 World Cup matches. This includes: 4 group matches, 1 round of 16 match, 1 semi final and the 3rd place playoff. The stadium will host Russia’s crucial group match against Egypt on the 19th June, as well as both Argentina and Brazil.

Fisht Olympic Stadium

The Fisht Olympic Stadium was first built for the 2014 Winter Olympics, hosting both the opening and closing ceremonies. In 2016, the stadium was repurposed as a football ground ready for both the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup.

Where is it?

Located in Sochi, the Fisht Olympic Stadium is by far the most southerly stadium being used for the World Cup. The ground can be reached by 5 different bus services, as well as the Sochi electric train

What is the capacity?

The capacity for the World Cup is 41,220, but this will be decreased to 40,000 once the tournament is over.

Who is playing there?

The Olympic Stadium is hosting the biggest group stage match of the tournament, with rivals Portugal and Spain playing each other on the 15th June. 3 other group stage matches will also be played there, along with a round of 16 match and a quarter final.

Kazan Arena

Rubin Kazan’s home ground, the Kazan Arena was opened in July 2013, ready for the 13/14 season. The stadium has hosted various events in the past, including the 2015 World Aquatics Championship. The Kazan Arena also has the largest outdoor screens in the worlds, that show the action from the match to any outside spectators.

Where is it?

The Kazan Arena can be found about 6km from the centre of Kazan. The stadium can be reached by either tram 5 or 6. Many local buses also pass by the stadium.

What is the capacity?

45,379 fans can sit inside the Kazan Arena on a standard match day.

Who is playing there?

France and Australia will kick off their tournament at the Kazan Stadium on the 16th June. Germany will also play a group match here as they look to reclaim the World Cup. A round of 16 match and a quarter final will also be held at the Kazan Arena.

Rostov Arena

Construction for the Rostov Arena was finished in 2014 after 1 year of work. Although the stadium was built for the World Cup, it was also given to FC Rostov to use as their home ground.

Where is it?

The Rostov Arena can easily be reached by foot from the centre of Rostov. Located on the south bank of the Don river, the Rostov Arena can also be reached by both tram and bus.

What is the capacity?

Another stadium that will have an increased capacity for the World Cup, the Rostov Arena can hold 45,000, but this is expected to be reduced to 42,000.

Who is playing there?

The Rostov Arena is another potential World Cup stadium that could host England. If the Three Lions win Group G, then they will play a round of 16 match at the Rostov Arena. That will be the only knockout game held here, with 4 group games being played.

Central Stadium

The Central Stadium is one of only 3 existing stadiums that weren’t built in preparation for the World Cup, although it was renovated in 2017. The Central Stadium is very far east compared to the majority of the stadiums in the World Cup, meaning long and tiring journeys for any teams who play there.

Where is it?

The Central Stadium is located in Yekaterinburg. The stadium is just to the east of the city centre, so is well within walking distance. The cities train station is a bit further away, but there are several trams that connect the station and the stadium.

What is the capacity?

For the World Cup, the capacity is 35,696, but again this will be knocked down to 23,000 after the summer.

Who is playing there?

With the stadium having one of the lowest capacity of all World Cup stadiums, only 4 group games will be played here. Egypt and Uruguay are one of the matches played there, which could be an important game in Group A.

Kaliningrad Stadium

The 12th stadium being used this World Cup is the Kaliningrad Stadium. Being built for the World Cup, but also being used by FC Baltika Kaliningrad, the initial design was first based off Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena.

Where is it?

The Kaliningrad Stadium was built on Oktyabrksy Island in Kaliningrad. The island itself is actually at risk of flooding and requires additional investment to ensure it will survive in the long term.

What is the capacity?

The capacity is the smallest of all 12 World Cup stadiums, with the Kaliningrad holding 35,212.

Who will be playing there?

England's final group game against Belgium will be played at the Kaliningrad Stadium. The England match is one of 4 group games that will be hosted at Kaliningrad.

Read more news and updates from the World Cup at Bet UK.