2018 World Cup: Discover all the stages of the competition

In almost two months, will be held the great mass of world football. In total, 12 stadiums have been prepared to host this meeting of the most important round. Discover these 12 stages.

1- Loujniki Stadium

It took 4 years to renovate this iconic Russian stadium. Formerly called Lenin Central Stadium, Luzhniki stadium located in the capital Moscow, has 81,000 seats. It will host several matches, including the opening and the final.

2- St. Petersburg Arena

Also called Krestovski Stadium because located on Krestovsky Island, St. Petersburg Arena has a capacity of 68,134 places. Seven matches will be held in this stadium including four of the group stages, one round of 16, one semi-final and the third-place match.

3- The Spartak Arena

This stadium is known as one of the warmest of Russia, with a capacity of 45,000 seats. Five World Cup matches will take place there, four of the group stage and one round of 16.

4- The Kazan Arena

This stage is not that old. It was inaugurated in 2013 and cost 465 million euros. 41,585 spectators will be able to take part in it to attend 6 World Cup matches.

5- Fisht Stadium

This stadium hosted the 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games. With a capacity of 41,220 seats, Fisht Stadium will host six World Cup matches.

6- The Volgograd Arena

The resemblance of the Peking Bird’s Nest is great. Its construction cost nearly 475 million euros and construction work were completed recently. This stadium will accommodate nearly 45,000 spectators.

7- The Nizhny Novgorod stadium

The Nizhny Novgorod stadium is located 400 km east of Moscow and has 45,000 seats. Four group matches, one round of 16 and one quarter-final of the World Cup will be played here.

8- The Rostov Arena

The Rostov Arena was designed specifically for the 2018 World Cup. It is brand new and will accommodate no less than 45,000 spectators. Four meetings of the group stage of the world will take place there.

9- The Samara Arena

It too was designed for this world cup. According to the chairman of the 2018 World Cup Organizing Committee, the Samara Arena is in the final stages of the construction process. This stadium will host 6 matches including 4 group stages, an eighth and a quarter final.

10- The Mordovia Arena

The Mordovia Arena will welcome nearly 45,000 spectators and will house four group matches of the 2018 World Cup. The venue is located in Saransk and cost nearly 252 million euros.

11- Ekaterinburg Arena

Inaugurated in 1957, the stadium, which has undergone major renovations, will host four World Cup group matches.

12- The Baltika Arena

A photo taken on August 28, 2017 shows a view of the inside of the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad.
Kaliningrad Stadium will host several games of the FIFA World Cup 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV

The Baltika Arena was to be inaugurated last March 22nd but due to the extreme temperatures affecting the region, this baptism could not take place. This stadium replaces the Baltika stadium and can hold nearly 35,212 spectators. It will host four matches of the World Cup.

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