FK Krasnodar may well have the coolest stadium in the world – but you won’t see it at the World Cup this summer.
Inspired in design by a Roman Colosseum, the Krasnodar Stadium has wowed fans with its impressive, state-of-the-art video screen which wraps around the top of each stands.
It illuminates the 34,000-seater stadium whenever a goal is scored by the home side.
And as one Twitter user shared, the futuristic addition lends superbly to announcing the teams to help create an atmosphere before the game.
- The Krasnodar Stadium in Russia has wowed fans with its futuristic design
- An incredible screen wraps around the top tier of each stand
- Teams are announced on the screen to build up atmosphere before the game
- The stadium was bankrolled by Krasnodar’s billionaire owner Sergey Galitsky
- Amazingly, the stadium will not be seen during the World Cup this summer
- Incredibly, the second-placed Russian Premier League side’s home will not host any games during the World Cup this summer.
It did showcase Russia’s friendly defeat by Costa Rica in 2016. But it did not make the shortlist as a venue for the finals.
According to the Daily Record , locals are said to be outraged that their new pride and joy – bankrolled by Krasnodar billionaire owner Sergey Galitsky – won’t feature the ‘greatest show on Earth’.
Instead football fans will feast their eyes on Moscow, St Petersburg, Rostov-on-don, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Samara, Ekaterinburg – and, of course, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod and Kaliningrad where England will play their Group G games.
- The arena has a capacity of 33,000 people
- The stadium’s design is inspired by a Roman Colosseum
- When it opened in October 2016, it received the highest category certificate from the Russian Football Union Commission on stadium licensing
- The stadium played host to Russia’s friendly with Costa Rica two years ago
- As impressive as all those stadiums may be, Krasnodar’s certainly takes some beating.
Here is a rundown of the Russian cities and stadiums hosting the 2018 World Cup and which matches will be played there…
WORLD CUP STADIUM GUIDE AND FIXTURES
Ekaterinburg (Ekaterinburg Arena)
The most easterly city hosting matches, situated at the foot of the Ural mountains, and the city where members of the royal family were executed following the October 1917 revolution. The stadium is home to FC Ural, and was initially built in 1953.
Friday, June 15: Egypt vs Uruguay (Group A) 1pm
Thursday, June 21: France vs Peru (Group C) 1pm
Sunday, June 24: Japan vs Senegal (Group H) 4pm
Wednesday, June 27: Mexico vs Sweden (Group F) 3pm
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Kaliningrad (Kaliningrad Stadium)
The most westerly city to host games. Situated on the Baltic coast, it remains an important Russian seaport. The stadium has been built for the finals, but will be home to FC Baltika Kaliningrad afterwards.
Saturday, June 16: Croatia vs Nigeria (Group D) 8pm
Friday, June 22: Serbia vs Switzerland (Group E) 7pm
Monday, June 25: Spain vs Morocco (Group B) 7pm
Thursday, June 28: England vs Belgium (Group G) 7pm
Kazan (Kazan Arena)
Kazan is the capital of the republic of Tatarstan and is home to 1.2 million people. The stadium was built for the World University Games in 2013 and is home to local club Rubin Kazan. It was designed by the same firm of architects behind Wembley Stadium and the Emirates Stadium.
Saturday, June 16: France vs Australia (Group C) 11am
Wednesday, June 20: Iran vs Spain (Group B) 7pm
Sunday, June 24: Poland vs Colombia (Group H) 7pm
Wednesday, June 27: South Korea vs Germany (Group F) 3pm
LAST 16 Saturday, June 30: 1C v 2D 3pm (Match 50)
QF Friday, July 6: Winner match 53 v winner match 54 7pm (Match 58)
Moscow (Luzhniki Stadium)
The main venue for the finals will host the first and last match. Built in the 1950s, it was used during the 1980 Olympic Games and hosts most matches played by the Russian national team and at various times has been home to city clubs Spartak, CSKA and Torpedo. Manchester United fans will remember it fondly – it was here, in driving rain, that the club won their third European title by beating Chelsea on penalties in 2008.
Thursday, June 14: Russia v Saudi Arabia (Group A) 4pm
Sunday, June 17: Germany vs Mexico (Group F) 4pm
Wednesday, June 20: Portugal vs Morocco (Group B) 1pm
Tuesday, June 26: Denmark vs France (Group C) 3pm
LAST 16 Sunday, July 1: 1B v 2A 3pm (Match 51)
SEMI-FINAL Wednesday, July 11: Winner match 59 v winner match 60 7pm
FINAL Sunday, July 15 4pm
Moscow (Spartak Stadium)
Home, as the name suggests, to Spartak Moscow, who despite their reputation and huge fanbase had never truly had a stadium to call their own until it was built. Opened in 2014.
Four group games, one last-16 game.
Saturday, June 16: Argentina vs Iceland (Group D) 2pm
Tuesday, June 19: Poland vs Senegal (Group H) 1pm
Saturday, June 23: Belgium vs Tunisia (Group B) 1pm
Tuesday, June 26: Serbia vs Brazil (Group C) 3pm
LAST 16 Tuesday, July 3: 1H v 2G 7pm (Match 56)
Nizhny Novgorod (Nizhny Novgorod Stadium)
Built on hills overlooking the Volga river, Nizhny Novgorod has been an important commercial city since the 19th century. One of the new constructions, it will be home to Olympiets Nizhny Novgorod once the finals are over.
Monday, June 18: Sweden vs South Korea (Group F) 1pm
Thursday, June 21: Argentina vs Croatia (Group D) 7pm
Sunday, June 24: England vs Panama (Group G) 1pm
Wednesday, June 27: Switzerland vs Costa Rica (Group E) 7pm
LAST 16 Sunday, July 1: 1D v 2C 7pm (Match 52)
QUARTER-FINAL Friday, July 6: Winner match 49 v winner match 50 3pm (Match 57)
Rostov-on-Don (Rostov Arena)
An historic city famed for its showcasing of Cossack culture, it sits on the banks of the Don river one thousand kilometres to the south-east of Moscow. FC Rostov will move in once the tournament is finished.
Sunday, June 17: Brazil vs Switzerland (Group E) 7pm
Wednesday, June 20: Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia (Group A) 4pm
Saturday, June 23: South Korea vs Mexico (Group F) 7pm
Tuesday, June 26: Iceland vs Croatia (Group D) 7pm
LAST 16 Monday, July 2: 1G v 2H 7pm (Match 54)
St Petersburg (St Petersburg Stadium)
The old imperial capital can probably lay claim to having the secondary venue at the tournament, as the stadium hosts some big games including what could be a make-or-break second match for the hosts. It will also host three group matches at the pan-European Euro 2020 finals, as well as one quarter-final, and be the future home to Zenit St Petersburg.
Friday, June 15: Morocco vs Iran (Group B) 4pm
Tuesday, June 19: Russia vs Egypt (Group A) 7pm
Friday, June 22: Brazil vs Costa Rica (Group E) 1pm
Tuesday, June 26: Nigeria vs Argentina (Group D) 7pm
LAST 16 Tuesday, July 3: 1F v 2E 3pm (Match 55)
SEMI-FINALS Tuesday, July 10: Winner match 57 v winner match 58 7pm
THIRD-PLACE PLAY-OFF Saturday, July 14 3pm
Samara (Samara Arena)
Capital of the Samara region and home to the offices of Russian state when they were evacuated from Moscow during the Second World War. The dome-shaped stadium will play host to Krylya Sovetov after the tournament.
Four group games (including Russia’s third and final group match), one last-16 game, one quarter-final.
Sunday, June 17: Costa Rica vs Serbia 1pm
Thursday, June 21: Denmark vs Australia (Group C) 4pm
Monday, June 25: Uruguay vs Russia (Group A) 3pm
Thursday, June 28:Senegal vs Colombia (Group H) 3pm
LAST 16 Monday, July 2: 1E v 2F 3pm (Match 53)
QF Saturday, July 7: Winner match 55 v winner match 56 3pm (Match 60)
Saransk (Mordovia Arena)
The capital of the Mordovia region has a population of just over 300,000. The stadium will be reduced to 25,000 capacity after the tournament, with the space being freed up for other indoor sports on the same complex. It will, though, be home to FC Mordovia.
Saturday, June 16: Peru vs Denmark (Group C) 5pm
Tuesday, June 19: Colombia vs Japan (Group H) 4pm
Monday, June 25: Iran vs Portugal (Group B) 7pm
Thursday, June 28: Panama vs Tunisia (Group G) 7pm
Sochi (Fisht Stadium)
The resort city on the edge of the Black Sea hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics, and the Fisht Stadium was purpose-built for those Games. It is due to be a training – and match – venue for the Russian national team after the 2018 finals.
Friday, June 15: Portugal vs Spain (Group B) 7pm
Monday, June 18: Belgium vs Panama (group G) 4pm
Saturday, June 23: Germany vs Sweden (Group F) 4pm
Tuesday, June 26: Australia vs Peru (Group C) 3pm
LAST 16 Saturday, June 30: 1A v 2B 7pm (Match 49)
QF Saturday, July 7: Winner match 51 v winner match 52 7pm (Match 59)
Volgograd (Volgograd Arena)
The city formerly known as Stalingrad, site of one of World War Two’s most pivotal battles, is now an industrial hub home to one million inhabitants. The stadium is built on the site of the old Central ground and will house Rotor Volgograd once the finals are over.
Monday, June 18: Tunisia vs England (Group G) 7pm
Friday, June 22: Nigeria vs Iceland (Group D) 4pm
Monday, June 25: Saudi Arabia vs Egypt (Group A) 3pm
Thursday, June 28: Japan vs Poland (Group H) 3pm
* Stadium capacities are listed on fifa.com website as anticipated gross capacities of stadiums in their finished state. Stadium official capacities during the finals will be lower than those stated.