2018 FIFA World Cup
Levberdon Arena (unofficial name) is a proposed association football stadium which will be built in Rostov-on-Don, Russia in time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It will also host FC Rostov of the Russian Premier League, replacing Olimp – 2. It will have a capacity of 45,000 spectators.
In 2011, the final design for the new stadium was presented by Populous. Irregular shape of both the roof and stands are its distinctive features. Part of the seating is to be installed only temporarily, for the 2018 World Cup. After the tournament capacity may be decreased to 25,000. As the main architect for Rostov Region confirmed, this stadium is to be the start of a new city centre. It will be the first large project built on the southern bank of the Don River, with the rest of the city lying north. Thanks to restaurants and shopping facilities, it is to attract both people and investment to expand the city south.
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