Saturday, July 7, 2018

Russia 2018 stadiums

After the final draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and the 32 teams competing against their opponents in the group stage, it is now time to take a look at the 12 venues that will host the 64 games to be held in Russia next summer.

Five of the stadiums are now fully ready, with four of them - Spartak in Moscow and Fiesch in Sochi, Kazan Arena and St. Petersburg - hosting the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in June and July. The Luzniki Stadium, the main venue for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with the opening and closing matches, was recently reopened after a major reconstruction was completed, with a friendly match between Russia and Argentina.

In the other seven stadiums that will host the finals, preparations are in the final stages, and the stadiums will soon be ready to welcome the football audience from around the world.

The first match will take place in the Kaliningrad stadium on 16 June between Croatia and Nigeria. This stadium is now 90% ready. The entire structure of the stadium has been fully assembled and weighs more than 15,000 tons. Seats are now installed on the stands and interior decoration of the stadium.

One match will be hosted by the Volgograd stadium, the match between Tunisia and England on June 18. In this newly built stadium, the pitch has been installed and the grass is ready before the winter months. Colored windows and entrances are now installed in the stadium, seats are placed on the stands and protective barriers are built.

On 21 June, France will face Peru at Ekaterinburg, the farthest western destination in Russia's 2018 geography. Experts say the stadium is 98% ready. The old parts of the stadium that has been preserved have now been completely restored and serve as a cultural heritage. The lighting system and multimedia interface have been installed, and the area surrounding the stadium is being developed and the facilities under the stadium are being finalized.

Nizhny Novgorod will host Sweden and South Korea on June 18 next year. The stadium's groundwork was completed and preliminary preparations were initiated to build the front of the stadium, made of a wind-proof white and blue windscreen.

In the stadium of Mordovia, Colombia and Japan face 19 June. In this stadium the work of consolidation and casting and the process of assembling the metal frame and laying ground foundations and the cultivation of the grass surface. Work continues on the stadium's roof, front and temporary stands.

Rostov-on-Don will welcome Brazil and Switzerland on 17 June. The suspended ceilings of the Rostov stadium are being completed, elevators, escalators and doors are being built. The area surrounding the stadium and the installation of fences around it are also being developed.

The first match to be hosted by Samara Stadium is the confrontation between Costa Rica and Serbia on 17 June. The stadium's roof is being built and the facade of the stadium and its interior facilities are being decorated and work on the field is progressing rapidly .

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