Fisht Olympic Stadium

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Fisht Olympic Stadium
Fisht Stadium.jpg
Fisht Olympic Stadium in 2017.
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-World Cup and Confederations Cup 40,000-Post World Cup
Construction
Opened 2013[2]
Construction cost US $779 million
Architect Populous,[1] Buro Happold
Tenants

Fisht Olympic Stadium (Russian: Олимпийский стадион «Фишт», tr. Olimpiyskiy stadion "Fisht"; IPA: [ɐlʲɪmˈpʲijskʲɪj stədʲɪˈon ˈfʲiʂt]) is an outdoor stadium in Sochi, Russia. Located in Sochi Olympic Park and named after Mount Fisht, the 40,000-capacity stadium was constructed for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, where it served as the venue for their opening and closing ceremonies.

The stadium was originally built as an enclosed facility; it was re-opened in 2016 as an open-air football stadium, to host matches as part of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Construction[edit]

Fisht Olympic Stadium was designed by Populous and British design consultancy BuroHappold Engineering 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 US$779 million to build the stadium.[2] The stadium complex now serves as a training centre and match venue for the Russia national football team, and will serve as a site for matches during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[5][2]

Post-Olympics usage[edit]

Fisht Olympic Stadium following the 2014 Winter Olympics.

In January 2015, a 3 billion ruble (US$46 million) project began to renovate the stadium in preparation for the FIFA Confederations Cup and World Cup; among other changes, the closed roof was removed in order to make the stadium compliant with FIFA regulations. The work was expected to be completed by June 2016, but the completion date was pushed back to November 2016.[6][7]

Only two stadiums will have hosted the Winter Olympics and matches of the FIFA World Cup — Fisht and Stadio Olimpico in Turin, Italy. Fisht will be the sole stadium to have hosted Winter Olympics and matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup.

Commemoration[edit]

In October 2013, the Central Bank of Russia issued a commemorative 100-ruble note to mark 100 days before the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The blue-tinted banknote depicts a flying snowboarder on one side, and on the other the Fisht Olympic Stadium and a firebird.[8][9]

Tournament results[edit]

2017 FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
June 19, 2017 18:00  Australia 2–3  Germany Group B 28,605[10]
June 21, 2017 21:00  Mexico 2–1  New Zealand Group A 25,133[11]
June 25, 2017 18:00  Germany  Cameroon Group B
June 29, 2017 21:00 Winner Group B Runner-up Group A Semi-final

2018 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
June 15, 2018 B1 B2 Group B
June 18, 2018 G1 G2 Group G
June 23, 2018 F1 F3 Group F
June 26, 2018 C2 C3 Group C
June 30, 2018 Winner Group A Runner-up Group B Round of 16
July 7, 2018 Winner Match 51 Winner Match 52 Quarterfinals

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sochi 2014 Main Stadium architect: Populous
  2. ^ a b c "Fisht Olympic Stadium". Sochi2014.com. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  3. ^ Design for two major Sochi 2014 venues approved Archived October 31, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ [1] Archived September 8, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "FIFA Picks Cities for World Cup 2018". RIA Novosti. 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  6. ^ "Russia to Spend $50 Million Taking Roof Off Sochi Olympic Stadium". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Russia 2018 preparations suffer setback as Sochi Olympic Stadium completion date pushed back". InsideTheGames.biz. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "100 days to go to Sochi 2014". Populous. 31 October 2013. 
  9. ^ Zaccardi, Nick (30 October 2013). "Russia Central Bank issues special Sochi Olympic banknote". Olympic Talk. NBC Sports. 
  10. ^ "Match report – Group B – Australia - Germany" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  11. ^ "Match report – Group A – Mexico - New Zealand" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017. 

External links[edit]

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

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

2014
Succeeded by
Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium
Pyeongchang