Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup: artist’s impressions of stadiums
Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup: A Window Into The Artist’S Impressions Of Stadiums.
In less than 20 days, the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup will be underway in Russia with an opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia on 14 June at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which has been transformed into the flagship stadium of the entire event.
The total tournament will be played across 12 stadiums in 11 cities, with 4 of these used as temporary structures that will later be dismantled. For example, the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi and the Kazan Arena in Kazan are both newly constructed venues specifically built for this tournament.
Cape Town Stadium
Promotional and advertising artwork for Cape Town stadium was inspired by water, in light of Cape Town being known as a city built along seven natural harbours.
Known as The Waterfront City and The Mother City Cape Town is an incredibly picturesque city with mountains, sea and beaches.
In addition to stunning scenery, it also has some of South Africa’s most beautiful soccer stadiums; Soccer City and Newlands have hosted many international matches over their time.
Located in Ekaterinburg, a city on Russia’s eastern border, Ekaterinburg Arena will play host to four group-stage matches and one Round of 16 game.
Designed by world-renowned firms Kisho Kurokawa (JP), GMP (D) and Populous (UK), construction began in 2010 and ended in 2017.
According to its designers, there is an inner ring which expresses confidence and strength; it contrasts with an outer ring that reveals calmness and softness.
Kaliningrad is a small city, formerly known as Konigsberg. It was renamed Kaliningrad after World War II, and is now part of Russia.
The stadium will host four games during Russia 2018; three group-stage matches and one Round of 16 match.
Moscow Luzhniki Stadium
Designed by Russian architect, Nikita Rukavishnikov and built in 1956, Luzhniki is a multi-purpose stadium.
Located in Moscow city centre it holds 78,000 people and is used for several major sporting events including international matches of association football and Russian national team football matches. Moreover, it was also one of four stadiums used for last year’s Confederations Cup which was held to test hosting capability for next year’s tournament.
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
The fans will enjoy a very high-tech stadium and a very close atmosphere, with great views of downtown Nizhny Novgorod.
We have also designed special areas for active supporters to ensure they can stay on top of their game and make lots of noise.
This stadium will become an icon in Russia’s emerging new cityscape.
Designed by Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, Rostov Arena is a 27,000-seat stadium with an innovative design. According to architectural experts it resembles a lotus flower, which is a popular symbol in Russia and Asia.
Saint Petersburg Stadium (Krestovsky)
Saransk, a city of about 300,000 in Russia’s republic of Mordovia is not located near any other major cities and few people from outside Saransk are expected to attend games. But that doesn’t mean Saransk doesn’t have an impressive stadium.
Inaugurated in 2013, Volgograd Arena is one of Russia’s most impressive stadiums. Designed by British firm HOK Sport, it can accommodate over 45,000 spectators and has a retractable roof.
It will host six matches during the group stage of Russia 2018.
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