The 2018 FIFA World Cup is underway in Russia and Australia is one of 32 nations competing. Check out all the stadiums.
The Socceroos will play their three group matches in Kazan (June 16 v France), Samara (June 21 v Denmark) and Sochi (June 26 v Peru).
A total of 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities have been built or renovated for the biggest sporting event in the world.
City: Kazan. FIFA World Cup capacity: 42,873. The Socceroos open their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign on Saturday June 16 at Kazan Arena against world number seven France. The stadium was built for the 2013 Summer Universiade and has since hosted the 2015 World Aquatics Championship and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. Constructed on the banks of the Kazanka River, the stadium has blended in nicely with the surrounding cityscape. From the air, the arena resembles a waterlily. It was constructed in just three years and is one of the first purely footballing facilities in Russia. The venue serves as home ground of FC Rubin Kazan.
City: Samara. FIFA World Cup capacity: 41,970. Australia’s second group game is against Denmark at Samara Arena on June 21. Construction of this brand-new stadium commenced in July 2014 and was completed in April 2018. The stadium is surrounded by a residential development and good-quality infrastructure. Samara Arena's design concept is dominated by the theme of space, as a tribute to the traditions of the region.
City: Sochi. FIFA World Cup capacity: 44,287. The final group game for the Socceroos is on June 26 against Peru at Fisht Stadium in Sochi. The stadium was built in 2013 for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, hosting the opening and closing ceremony. After Sochi 2014, the arena was renovated in preparation for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup. Originally built as an enclosed facility, it was re-opened in 2016 as an open-air football stadium.
City: Moscow. FIFA World Cup capacity: 78,011. Luzhniki Stadium is the national stadium of Russia and the main stadium of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, hosting seven matches including the Final and the opening game. Built in 1956 and hosting the Olympic Games in 1980, the largest stadium in the country was closed for renovation in 2013 and completed in November 2017. One of the crucial aspects of the project was preserving the historical façade of the stadium, which has become one of Moscow's true landmarks. Inside, the stadium was totally refurbished: the athletics track was removed, the stands moved closer to the pitch and made rectangular, the gradient adjusted and two extra tiers added.
SAINT PETERSBURG STADIUM
City: Saint Petersburg. FIFA World Cup capacity: 64,468. Saint Petersburg's new, super-modern stadium is built on the site of the Kirov Stadium on Krestovsky Island, which, in its day, was one of the country's largest stadiums, with a capacity of 110,000. Construction of the stadium commenced in 2007 and was completed in December 2016. The stadium has hosted games of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and will serve as a venue for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship. The architect's vision for Saint Petersburg Stadium was of a spaceship that has landed on the shores of the Gulf of Finland. The seven-storey building is 79 metres high.
NIZHNY NOVGOROD STADIUM
City: Nizhny Novgorod. FIFA World Cup capacity: 43,319. The construction of the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium commenced in 2015 and was completed in December 2017. Built in one of the city's most picturesque locations, the stadium’s design is inspired by aspects of nature in the Volga region - water and wind.
City: Volgograd. FIFA World Cup capacity: 43,713. The main arena of Volgograd was built on the demolished Central Stadium site, at the foot of the Mamayev Kurgan memorial complex. The stadium was commissioned on 3 April 2018. The stadium's façade takes the form of an inverted, truncated cone with an open lattice structure, lending the entire building a monumental solidity.
City: Ekaterinburg. FIFA World Cup capacity: 33,061. Home to one of the country's oldest football clubs, FC Ural, the Central Stadium of Ekaterinburg was built in 1953 and has been renovated for the FIFA World Cup with work completed in December 2017. Two large temporary grandstands at either end of the pitch have been constructed to boost capacity for the tournament.
City: Saransk. FIFA World Cup capacity: 41,685. The stadium in Saransk was scheduled to be commissioned in 2012 in time for the opening of the all-Russian Spartakiad, but the plan was revised. The opening was rescheduled to 2017. The arena hosted its first match on 21 April 2018. The stadium has been designed in the shape of an oval. Its bright range of colours, combining orange, red and white, honours the distinctive colour palette of Mordovia's arts and crafts.
City: Rostov-on-Don. FIFA World Cup capacity: 43,472. The stadium is located on the left bank of the Don River. The stadium construction was completed on 22 December 2017. Rostov Arena's original design blends harmoniously into the picturesque landscape.
City: Kaliningrad. FIFA World Cup capacity: 33,973. Kaliningrad Stadium was built for Russia 2018 on Oktyabrsky Island, right in the heart of Kaliningrad. Starting in September 2015, the venue hosted its first match in April 2018. Kaliningrad Stadium is a multi-purpose venue. As well as football matches, it will host other sporting events and concerts.
City: Moscow. FIFA World Cup capacity: 44,190. The stadium is the home of one of Russia's most popular football clubs, FC Spartak Moscow. In accordance with the FIFA requirements, during the 2018 World Cup it will be called Spartak Stadium instead of its usual name Otkritie Arena. The stadium hosted its first match on 5 September 2014.
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