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FIFA World Cup 2018 stadiums: The pitch is all set for footballing giants

2018 FIFA World Cup, the 21st edition of the tournament, is taking place in Russia, which was awarded the hosting rights in December 2010

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st version of the mega tournament, a quadrennial international football contest played by the men's national teams of the member nations of FIFA. It is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010. This will be the first World Cup held in Europe since the 2006 tournament in Germany and the first ever to be held in Eastern Europe. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities and the final will take place on 15 July at the in Moscow. Here is a list of the 12 stadiums that are going to host the mega event.

Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg

Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
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is located in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The stadium has a capacity of accommodating 35,000 people. Out of the 12 stadiums of Russia involved in the FIFA World Cup, this is the only stadium situated in Asian Russia while all others are situated in European Russia. 

schedule for Central Stadium
 

Date of match Time of match Team#1 Team#2 Round
June 15, 2018 17:00 Egypt Uruguay Group A
June 21, 2018 20:00  France Peru Group C
June 24, 2018 20:00  Japan Senegal Group H
June 27, 2018 19:00  Mexico Sweden Group F
 

 

Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi

Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
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is an open-air football stadium located in Sochi, Russia. The stadium is named after Mount Fisht and has a capacity of accommodating 40,000 people. The stadium was constructed for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. It originally had an enclosed structure.  

schedule for Fisht Stadium
 

Date of match Time of match Team#1 Team#2 Round
June 15, 2018 21:00 Portugal Spain Group B
June 18, 2018 18:00  Belgium Panama Group G
June 23, 2018 21:00  Germany Sweden Group F
June 26, 2018 17:00  Australia Peru Group C
June 30, 2018 21:00 Winner Group A Runner-up Group B Round of 16
July 7, 2018 21:00 Winner Match 51 Winner Match 52 Quarter-finals

 

Kaliningrad Stadium, Oktyabrsky Island, Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad Stadium, Oktyabrsky Island, Kaliningrad
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Situated in Oktyabrsky Island in Kaliningrad, Russia, the stadium has a two-tier structure equipped with ultramodern security system. It is located only 45 kilometers from the border of Poland which makes it the closest stadium of all others to the European Union and the Schengen area.  

schedule for Kaliningrad Stadium
 

Date of match Time of match Team#1 Team#2 Round
June 16, 2018 21:00 Croatia Nigeria Group D
June 22, 2018 20:00  Serbia Switzerland Group E
June 25, 2018 20:00  Spain Morocco Group B
June 28, 2018 20:00  England Belgium Group G

 

Kazan Arena, Kazan

Kazan Arena, Kazan
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Located in Kazan, Russia, the stadium has a capacity of around 45,000. The stadium has the largest outside screen in Europe. The design of the stadium is in accordance with the local culture and place. The stadium hosted 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. 

FIFA World Cup 2018 schedule for Kazan Arena
 

Date of match Time of match Team#1 Team#2 Round
June 16, 2018 13:00 France Australia Group C
June 20, 2018 21:00  Iran Spain Group B
June 24, 2018 21:00  Poland Colombia Group H
June 27, 2018 17:00  South Korea Germany Group F
June 30, 2018 17:00 Winner Group C Runner-up Group D Round of 16
July 6, 2018 21:00 Winner Match 53 Winner Match 54 Quarter-finals

 

Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
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Situated in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and also called Saint-Petersburg stadium, it has a capacity of 67,000 people. The stadium has a retractable roof and was opened for 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. Initially scheduled to be opened in 2008, the stadium, by 2017, was 518% late and 548% over budget. 

FIFA World Cup 2018 schedule for Krestovsky Stadium
 

Date of match Time of match Team#1 Team#2 Round
June 15, 2018 18:00 Morocco Iran Group B
June 19, 2018 21:00  Russia Egypt Group A
June 22, 2018 15:00  Brazil Costa Rica Group E
June 26, 2018 21:00 ) Nigeria Argentina Group D
July 3, 2018 17:00 Winner Group F Runner-up Group E Round of 16
July 10, 2018 21:00 Winner Match 57 Winner Match 58 Semi-final
July 14, 2018 17:00 Loser Match 61 Loser Match 62 Third place match
 

 

Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
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It is the national stadium of Russia located in the capital Moscow. It has a total seating capacity of 81,000 which makes it the largest football stadium in Russia. Luzhniki was the main stadium of the 1980 Olympics. The stadium will host 7 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, including the final.  

FIFA World Cup 2018 schedule for Luzhniki Stadium
 

Date of match Time of match Team#1 Team#2 Round
June 14, 2018 18:00 Russia Saudi Arabia Group A
June 17, 2018 18:00  Germany Mexico Group F
June 20, 2018 15:00  Portugal Morocco Group B
June 26, 2018 17:00  Denmark France Group C
July 1, 2018 17:00 Winner Group B Runner-up Group A Round of 16
July 11, 2018 21:00 Winner Match 59 Winner Match 60 Semi-Final
July 15, 2018 18:00 Winner Match 61 Winner Match 62 Final
 
 

 

Mordovia Arena, Saransk

Mordovia Arena, Saransk
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Located in Saransk, Russia, the football stadium has a capacity of around 44,000. The stadium has a bowl shaped design with acid orange seats. Post the tournament, the upper stands would be dismantled and the capacity of 44,000 people would be reduced to 28,000.  

FIFA World Cup 2018 schedule for Mordovia Arena
 

Date of match Time of match Team#1 Team#2 Round
June 16, 2018 19:00 Peru Denmark Group C
June 19, 2018 15:00  Colombia Japan Group H
June 25, 2018 21:00  Iran Portugal Group B
June 28, 2018 21:00  Panama Tunisia Group G

 

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
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It is a football stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia with a capacity of around 45,000. After the World Cup gets over, the stadium would be used for matches of the home team in the Russian Football Premier League. 

FIFA World Cup 2018 schedule for Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
 

Date of match Time of match Team#1 Team#2 Round
June 18, 2018 15:00 Sweden South Korea Group F
June 21, 2018 21:00  Argentina Croatia Group D
June 24, 2018 15:00  England Panama Group G
June 27, 2018 21:00  Switzerland Costa Rica Group E
July 1, 2018 21:00 Winner Group D Runner-up Group C Round of 16
July 6, 2018 17:00 Winner Match 49 Winner Match 50 Quarter-finals

 

Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don

Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
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It is situated in Rostov-on-Don, Russia and has a capacity of accommodating 45,000 people. While the ground was broken for building the stadium in 2014, five shells from WWII were found, almost in a perfect state. The irregular shape of both the roof and the stands of the stadium are its distinctive features.

FIFA World Cup 2018 schedule for Rostov Arena
 

Date of match Time of match Team#1 Team#2 Round
June 17, 2018 21:00 Brazil Switzerland Group E
June 20, 2018 18:00  Uruguay Saudi Arabia Group A
June 23, 2018 18:00  South Korea Mexico Group F
June 26, 2018 21:00  Iceland Croatia Group D
July 2, 2018 21:00 Winner Group G Runner-down Group H Round of 16
 

 

Cosmos Arena, Samara

Cosmos Arena, Samara
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It is a football stadium in Samara, Russia. The stadium will be called Samara Arena during the world cup. It has a capacity to accommodate around 45,000 people. The area south-west to the stadium is called Radio Center, built in 1949. It was named so because it was the highest point in the city then. 

FIFA World Cup 2018 schedule for Cosmos Arena
 

Date of match Time of match Team#1 Team#2 Round
June 17, 2018 16:00 Costa Rica Serbia Group E
June 21, 2018 16:00  Denmark Australia Group C
June 25, 2018 18:00  Uruguay Russia Group A
June 28, 2018 18:00  Senegal Colombia Group H
July 2, 2018 18:00 Winner Group E Runner-up Group F Round of 16
July 7, 2018 18:00 Winner Match 55 Winner Match 56 Quarter-finals
 

 

Otkritie Arena, Moscow

Otkritie Arena, Moscow
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It is a multi-purpose stadium in Moscow, Russia. It will be called Spartak Stadium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It has capacity of 45,360 people. The stadium usually hosts football matches for home team called Spartak Moscow and occasionally for the Russian national team.    

FIFA World Cup 2018 schedule for Otkritie Arena
 

Date of match Time of match Team#1 Team#2 Round
June 16, 2018 16:00  Argentina Iceland Group D
June 19, 2018 18:00   Poland Senegal Group H
June 23, 2018 15:00  Belgium Tunisia Group G
June 27, 2018 21:00  Serbia Brazil Group E
July 3, 2018 21:00 Winner Group H Runner-up Group G Round of 16

 

Volgograd Arena, Volgograd

Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
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Situated in Volgograd, Russia, the stadium has a capacity of 45,568 people. The stadium was built on the site of the demolished which was built in 1958.

FIFA World Cup 2018 schedule for Volgograd Arena
 

Date of match Time of match Team#1 Team#2 Round
June 18, 2018 21:00 Tunisia England Group G
June 22, 2018 18:00  Nigeria Iceland Group D
June 25, 2018 17:00  Saudi Arabia Egypt Group A
June 28, 2018 17:00   Japan Poland Group H
 
 

 


First Published: Thu, May 24 2018. 15:37 IST