Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

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Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium 04-2019 01.jpg
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

UEFA 4/4 stars

LocationBetankura st., 1A,
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Coordinates56°20′15″N 43°57′48″E / 56.33750°N 43.96333°E / 56.33750; 43.96333Coordinates: 56°20′15″N 43°57′48″E / 56.33750°N 43.96333°E / 56.33750; 43.96333
Public transitNNMetro Line 2.svg Strelka
Capacity44,899 (Official)
43,319 (2018 FIFA World Cup)[1]
Field size105 x 68 m
Broke ground2015
Construction cost17,9 billion
FC Nizhny Novgorod (2018–present)
Russia national football team (selected matches)

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium (Russian: стадион «Нижний Новгород») is a football stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. It was one of the venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It has a capacity of 44,899 spectators.[2]

General facts[edit]

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium at night.

The new stadium for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod was built in the historic area known as the Spit (Strelka), at the confluence of the two major rivers: the Volga and the Oka. It overlooks the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin standing on the opposite bank of the river. The stadium design follows the classic style and uses a palette of white, blue and azure that is associated with the nature of the Volga region and the elements of water and wind. Its metalwork roof weighing over 11,000 tons gives the stadium a massive appearance, while its façade and semi-translucent rooftop add lightness and airiness to the overall look. At night, the white colonnade circling the stadium is highlighted with illumination. The stadium appearance is shaped by a colonnade consisting of several columns arranged in a circle. The columns support the canopy covering the stands and the arena lobby. At night the arena is highlighted with illumination. The stadium has three main levels and two mezzanine levels.

The projected total area of the stadium building is 127,500 m².[3]

The capacity of the stadium will be about 45,000 seats, including 902 seats for low-mobility groups of people together with accompanying persons. It is expected now that the tournament is over, the stadium will be used for home matches of the FC Nizhny Novgorod in the Russian Football National League.

In the spring of 2017, Governor Valery Shantsev suggested that the stadium will be used for competitions in other sports, as well as for other major events and concerts.[4]


At the end of 2014, the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation signed a contract with OAO Stroytransgaz for the construction of a stadium worth 16.756 billion rubles for an area of 21.6 hectares. The total estimated cost of the stadium, which includes, in addition to the construction and installation works performed by the general contractor, also the design cost, is 17.9 billion rubles.[5]

Works on the construction of the stadium began in 2015.

Until the end of 2015, JSC Stroytransgaz carried out the main activities of the preparatory stage of works and part of the works of the main construction period - excavation, pile installation and laying of a monolithic foundation. The erection of monolithic structures of the 1st floor of the stadium and the buildings of the entrance groups has been started.

In 2016, the basic concrete works were completed - all the floors of the stadium and the platform of the upper tier were erected. The builders began to install engineering systems. By the end of 2016, the contractor had installed metal structures above the tribune zone, including the support ring - just over 50% of the stadium's total coverage. In 2017 completion of installation in the final design position of steel structures of the coating, concreting the stands of the lower tier and pedestrian overpass. Also, the builders are to carry out the installation of the roof, the facade, the construction of the football field, and complete the finishing work.[6][7] Territory improvement and commissioning will be carried out.

Under the terms of the contract, construction and installation work is expected to be completed in December 2017.[5]

In July 2017, the stadium began to sow the lawn. For seeding, several varieties of lawn grass "Rigras" have been selected. At the base of the lawn laid rubble and sand, which were successfully tested in Scotland. Two months later, when the root system of the lawn is formed, it is sewn with polymer threads.[8]


A transport interchange has been prepared for the stadium. In February 2012, it was proposed to build in the area of arrows eponymous metro station due to the extension of the Sormovo Meshcherskaya-line one station from the Moskovsky railway station in the spring of 2018.[9] The stadium project for the World Cup 2018 was adopted by the Town Planning Council of the Nizhny Novgorod region on 22 March 2013.[10]

As of January 2017, Strelka metro station in Nizhny Novgorod Metro is 55% ready, from the report of the builders to the governor at his inspection of the station.[11] It also became known that the tunneling to the new station will be completed in May 2017.[12] .

2018 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
18 June 2018 15:00  Sweden 1–0  South Korea Group F 42,300[13]
21 June 2018 20:00  Argentina 0–3  Croatia Group D 43,319[14]
24 June 2018 15:00  England 6–1  Panama Group G 43,319[15]
27 June 2018 21:00   Switzerland 2–2  Costa Rica Group E 43,319[16]
1 July 2018 21:00  Croatia 1–1 (3–2 pen.)  Denmark Round of 16 40,851[17]
6 July 2018 17:00  Uruguay 0–2  France Quarter-finals 43,319[18]

Conditions for spectators with disabilities[edit]

The arena offers special seating options for fans with disabilities with extra space for wheelchairs and accompanying persons. In addition, after the reconstruction the stadium was equipped with special extra-wide seats. Food outlets and toilettes are also designed in a way that ensures their accessibility for people with disabilities.

Special navigation for people with disabilities offers directions for reaching the closest entrances. Movement around the stadium for people with limited abilities is assisted by accessible elevators, ramps and access control devices.

Safety and security[edit]

Before the opening of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the stadium was equipped with alarm and public alert systems, metal detectors, indicators of hazardous liquids and explosives, and was serviced by 30 24-hour security posts.

After 2018 FIFA World Cup[edit]

The arena is designed for multifunctional use. It can serve as a venue for shows, concerts, and other cultural and entertainment events. The design makes it possible to use the lobby for exhibitions and expos. Some indoor premises will be made available for commercial use after the FIFA World Cup. The arena grounds will include a park, parking lots, futsal fields, and tennis courts.


  1. ^ "Nizhny Novgorod Stadium". FIFA. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup: artist's impressions of stadiums". 7 December 2010 – via
  3. ^ Стадион на 45000 зрительских мест к Чемпионату мира по футболу в Нижнем Новгороде.
  4. ^ Нижегородские власти изучат варианты использования стадиона после ЧМ-2018
  5. ^ a b Стадион на 45000 зрительских мест к Чемпионату мира по футболу в Нижнем Новгороде
  6. ^ На «Стадионе Нижний Новгород» началась подготовка к устройству витражей
  7. ^ Видео со строительства стадиона "Нижний Новгород" 28 January 2017
  8. ^ На стадионе «Нижний Новгород» приступили к посеву газона
  9. ^ Канавинскую ветку нижегородского метро продлят на одну станцию, Остановка будет на Стрелке
  10. ^ Проект стадиона к ЧМ-2018 в Нижнем Новгороде(ФОТО)
  11. ^ "Готовность новой станции метрополитена «Стрелка» и перегонных тоннелей достигла 55%. ВИДЕО и ФОТО — Время Н: Новости Нижнего Новгорода и Нижегородской области".
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  13. ^ "Match report – Group F – Sweden - Korea Republic" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Match report – Group D – Argentina - Croatia" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 21 June 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Match report – Group G – England - Panama" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 24 June 2018. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  16. ^ "Match report – Group E – Switzerland - Costa Rica" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 27 June 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Match report – Round of 16 – Croatia - Denmark" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 1 July 2018. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  18. ^ "Match report – Quarter-final – Uruguay - France" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2018.

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