Central Stadium (Yekaterinburg)

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Central Stadium
Location Yekaterinburg, Russia
Coordinates 56°49′57″N 60°34′25″E / 56.83250°N 60.57361°E / 56.83250; 60.57361Coordinates: 56°49′57″N 60°34′25″E / 56.83250°N 60.57361°E / 56.83250; 60.57361
Operator FC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast
Capacity 27,000
Field size 105×68 m
Built 1957
Renovated 2006-2011;
2014–17 (due to 2018 WC)
2018 FIFA World Cup
FC Ural Yekaterinburg

Central Stadium (Russian: Центральный стадион, translit. Tsentralnyi Stadion) is a multi-purpose stadium in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The capacity of the stadium is 27,000.

It is one of 11 venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia[1] during which it will be called Ekaterinburg Stadium.[2]


Velodrome in the outskirts of Yekaterinburg, 1913
Tennis courts for the velodrome, 1913
Honouring Nikolay Durakov

Central Stadium was built in 1957. Earlier on this territory of the city also was a sports facilities: from 1900 - the Velodrome, from 1928 - Regional Stadium, and from 1936 - the stadium "Metallurg of the East". Stadium hosts a thousands of sports and entertainment events. In the first years after its opening, the stadium has become one of the world most important arenas of speed skating: in 1959 here was held 1959 World Allround Speed Skating Championships, as well as the 1958, 1962, 1964, 1966 championships of the USSR (with multiple world records),[3] and in the 1964-73 period many matches between strongest national bandy teams of the world (Soviet Union, Norway, Sweden and Finland), approximately during the time when SKA-Sverdlovsk was one of the best club teams in the world.[3] The stadium hosts 1962, 1966, 1974 and 1978 Spartakiad of the Peoples of the USSR (contemporaneously this competitions was a USSR championships) and other Russian and international competitions.

In 2004 the Stadium became a public company - JSC "Central Stadium" (in 2010 the shareholders - Sverdlovsk Oblast Ministry of assets - 25% plus 1 share, Administration of City Ekaterinburg - 25% plus 1 share, and of JSC "Sinara Group" - 50% minus 2 shares). From September 2006 to 2011, completes a large-scale stadium reconstruction. For the reconstruction of the sports complex was closed in the as well.


Capacity of the arena after the reconstruction will be 44,130 spectators.[4] The stadium will provide three types of seats, including special places for people with disabilities and sectors for the fans. The east and west stands 30% of seats will be placed under a canopy. Security systems and surveillance, telecommunications, video feed and audio experience will enable the Central stadium of the high level of service and safety.

The kernel of a large sports arena will bring together a football field with natural turf size 105x68 m and athletic complex, consisting of eight racetracks, areas for long jump, triple jump and shot put. Grand Sports Arena (BSA) will conform to international standards FIFA and UEFA, the Russian athletics federation, as well as international agencies, cultural events and concerts. Under the stands will places for sports facilities, accommodation for athletes, judges and medical teams, complexes catering. Near the sport center area will be parking and flat sporting facilities: football field with artificial turf, tennis courts.

In addition, it is planned to equip the 8 booths for sports commentators of radio and television, will be a press center, room for journalists who cover the course of sporting events. Arena will have artificial turf heated, artificial irrigation, which will start the football season on time.

In the structure of a large sports arena is also planned to build a fitness center (2500–3000 m²), Valeological center (1500 m²), will be organized system of fast-food outlets to serve the audience, will be a restaurant at 200-300 seats.

Developed the modern system of access to the stadium, providing security and evacuation system that meets international requirements. Additionally, the hotel will be built. Near the stadium will parking lot with 3200 seats.


In November 2010, the construction of reinforced concrete structures of two additional grandstands - the south and north - was finalized. Roofing work is underway and closes the thermal path to the east and west stands. Work on the landscaping is almost complete, including those laid behaton, lawns decorated, organized and paved parking for special mobile TV stations and specialized in the sports complex, complete reconstruction of the stadium's outer fence, which has retained its historic appearance. Preparatory work for the installation of spectator seating was also conducted.[5] Stable funding to finish the stadium was provided in the summer of 2011.

In 2011 the construction of the two stations on the Yekaterinburg Metro second line - "Tatischevskaya" and "Uralskih Communarov" - will be in the immediate vicinity of the stadium.[6]

International matches[edit]

6 September 2012
Flag of Russia.svg Russia U-21 Flag of Poland.svg Poland U-21 4:1
10 September 2012
Flag of Russia.svg Russia U-21 Flag of Moldova.svg Moldova U-21 2:2
16 October 2012
Flag of Russia.svg Russia U-21 - Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic U-21 2:2

2018 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
June 15, 2018 17:00 YEKT (UTC+5) A3 A4 Group A
June 21, 2018 17:00 YEKT (UTC+5) C1 C3 Group C
June 24, 2018 20:00 YEKT (UTC+5) H4 H2 Group H
June 27, 2018 19:00 YEKT (UTC+5) F2 F3 Group F


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