Kaliningrad Stadium

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Kaliningrad Stadium
Стадион Калининград
Kaliningrad stadium - 2018-04-07.jpg
Location Solnechnyy Bul'var, Kaliningrad, Russia
Coordinates 54°41′53″N 20°32′02″E / 54.69806°N 20.53389°E / 54.69806; 20.53389Coordinates: 54°41′53″N 20°32′02″E / 54.69806°N 20.53389°E / 54.69806; 20.53389
Capacity 35,212 (Official)
25,000 (Future Capacity)
Field size 105 x 68 m
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 2015
Built 2016–2018
Opened 12 May 2018 (2018-05-12)
Construction cost 257 million
Tenants
FC Baltika Kaliningrad (2018–present)
Russia national football team (selected matches)

Kaliningrad Stadium (Russian: Стадион Калининград, Stadion Kaliningrad), also called Arena Baltika, is a football stadium on Oktyabrsky Island, Kaliningrad, Russia, which hosted four games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It will also host FC Baltika Kaliningrad of the Russian Football National League, replacing Baltika Stadium.

This is a two-tier stadium, equipped with ultramodern security systems and CCTV. Its project is based on the concept of the Allianz Arena, which hosted matches of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The project cost is planned around 11 billion rubles but ended up costing much more than that. The first match was played on 11 April 2018. The stadium, following the 2018 World Cup, will turn into 25,000 seating capacity, and part of the roof will be retracted.

Throughout the 2018 World cup the stadium had a capacity of 33,973.

History[edit]

In April 2012, the regional government chose the French architectural bureau Wilmotte & Associes, SA stadium construction project. The project itself is worth $720 million. 50% of the sum will be allocated from the federal budget, and the other half from the regional budget. Construction began soon after. It is worth noting that the stadium after the 2018 World Cup will become a 25,000-seat venue. To accommodate this downsizing, a part of the roof was removed.

At the end of October 2012 the regional authorities announced an open competition to develop the project and working documents for the World Cup stadium. The winner was Mostovik. At the beginning of March 2013, Mostovik published a stadium sketch, which received the working title of Arena Baltika.

In June 2014 the Omsk Arbitration Court declared "Mostovik" bankrupt and, in March 2015, termination of the contract with the company began. On 1 April 2014 a government order published by the government declared the appointment of ZAO "Crocus International" as the sole executor of the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation for the works on the construction. The state contract was signed between the Government of the Kaliningrad Oblast and Crocus International "to develop the project and working documentation on the design of the stadium".[1]

On 10 June 2015 it was reported that the stadium project was sent to the state examination. On 20 July, the layout of the stadium was presented.[2]

At first, regional authorities considered the option with the construction of new sports facilities in the city center, on the place of the current Baltika Stadium. Finally, in December 2014 it was announced that Oktyabrsky Island will be the location of the new stadium, even though it is often under threat of flooding and work on it requires additional financial investments.[3]

On 10 August 2015, it became known that the stadium would be named "Stadium Kaliningrad" or in the English version, Kaliningrad Stadium.[4]

Construction[edit]

Aerial photography, May 2017

Soil compaction work was completed in December 2014. Preparation work for construction of the infrastructure started in January 2015. Testing for the stadium piles and foundation began in July of that year.

Services for Fans[edit]

The following services are available to fans visiting the Kaliningrad Stadium:

  • Navigation support
  • Information desk (children registration point, stroller storage, lost and found office)
  • Storage room
  • Audio descriptive commentary equipment for fans who are blind or visually impaired

Moreover, an accessible sector at the stadium offers special seating options for people with disabilities, with comfortable accommodation for wheelchair users and their accompanying persons.

Safety and Security[edit]

The stadium is equipped with alarm and public alert systems, metal detectors, indicators of hazardous liquids and explosives, and it will be serviced by 30 24-hour security posts.

Work on consolidation and drainage of Oktyabrsky Island[edit]

Natural weak soils were stabilized and work was completed at the site measuring 43.75 hectares by September 2016. The area measuring 20.02 hectares by 33.85 hectares was filled and soil compacted.

During excavation, some pre-war buildings' infrastructure was found which was not marked on the topographic survey. These issues have been dealt with in an expeditious manner. The project includes construction of the overpass East from Oktyabrsky island and from the street.

2018 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
16 June 2018 21:00 Croatia Croatia 2–0 Nigeria Nigeria Group D 31,136[5]
22 June 2018 20:00 Serbia Serbia 1–2 Switzerland Switzerland Group E 33,167[6]
25 June 2018 20:00 Spain Spain 2–2 Morocco Morocco Group B 33,973[7]
28 June 2018 20:00 England England 0–1 Belgium Belgium Group G 33,973[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Правительство Российской Федерации (1 April 2014). "Распоряжение Правительства Российской Федерации от 28.03.2014 № 469-р". Официальный интернет-портал правовой информации. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Представлен макет стадиона к ЧМ-2018 в Калининграде". sport-express.ru. 20 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Определено место строительства стадиона в Калининграде для ЧМ-2018". svoboda.org. 7 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Арена к ЧМ-2018 по футболу в Калининграде будет называться "Стадион Калининград"" [The arena for the 2018 World Cup in Kaliningrad will be called "Kaliningrad Stadium"]. TASS (in Russian). 10 August 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Match report – Group D – Croatia - Nigeria" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 16 June 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Match report – Group E – Serbia - Switzerland" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 22 June 2018. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Match report – Group B – Spain - Morocco" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 25 June 2018. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Match report – Group G – England - Belgium" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.

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