Fisht Olympic Stadium

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Fisht Olympic Stadium
Стадион Фишт.JPG
Fisht Olympic Stadium during the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony
Location Sochi, Russia
Coordinates 43°24′08″N 39°57′22″E / 43.4022667°N 39.9561111°E / 43.4022667; 39.9561111Coordinates: 43°24′08″N 39°57′22″E / 43.4022667°N 39.9561111°E / 43.4022667; 39.9561111
Owner Government of Russia (Olympstroy)
Capacity 47,659 – FIFA mode
40,000 – Olympic mode[1]
Construction
Opened 2013[1]
Construction cost US $779 million
Architect Populous,[2] Buro Happold
Tenants

Fisht Olympic Stadium (Russian: Олимпийский стадион «Фишт», Olimpiyskiy stadion "Fisht") is an open-air stadium in Sochi, Russia. Located in Sochi Olympic Park and named after Mount Fisht, the 40,000-person-capacity stadium was built primarily for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, serving as the Olympic stadium, the venue for their opening and closing ceremonies.

Designed by Populous and British design consultancy Buro Happold, the stadium's roof was built from approximately 36,500 square metres (393,000 sq ft) of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) and was designed to give the roof the appearance of snowy peaks. The bowl opens to the north, allowing a direct view of the Krasnaya Polyana Mountains, and the upper deck is open to the south, allowing a view of the Black Sea.[3][4]

Having opened in 2013, it cost $779 million to build the stadium.[1] After the Games, the stadium complex will serve as a training centre and match venue for the Russia national football team.[1] Fisht stadium is one of the 11 arenas to host matches in the 2018 FIFA World Cup,[5] and one of four to host the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

In October 2013, the Central Bank of Russia issued a commemorative 100-ruble note,[6] a hundred days before the start of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The blue-tinted banknote depicts a flying snowboarder on one side, and on the other the Fisht Olympic Stadium[7] and a firebird.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Fisht Olympic Stadium". Sochi2014.com. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  2. ^ Sochi 2014 Main Stadium architect: Populous
  3. ^ Design for two major Sochi 2014 venues approved[dead link]
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "FIFA Picks Cities for World Cup 2018". RIA Novosti, Moscow. 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  6. ^ Zaccardi, Nick (30 October 2013). "Russia Central Bank issues special Sochi Olympic banknote". NBC Sports. 
  7. ^ "100 days to go to Sochi 2014". Populous. 31 October 2013. 

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Preceded by
BC Place
Vancouver
Winter Olympics
Opening and Closing Ceremonies (Olympic Stadium)

2014
Succeeded by
Olympic Park of Hoenggye
Pyeongchang
Preceded by
BC Place
Vancouver
Winter Paralympics
Opening and Closing Ceremonies (Olympic Stadium)

2014
Succeeded by
Olympic Park of Hoenggye
Pyeongchang