|Former names||Dynamo Stadium|
|Capacity||Large arena: 27,000
Small arena: 15,000
|Construction cost||US$1.5 billion|
|Architect||Erick van Egeraat, David Manica|
The old Dynamo Stadium was closed for demolition in 2008. The final design of the new stadium was done by David Manica of Manica Architecture, and the construction is scheduled to be finished in 2017. The project is slated to be called VTB Arena but VTB Bank is currently attempting to sell the naming rights. The football stadium will have a capacity of 27,000 that can be adjusted up to 45,000 or down to an undisclosed number while the arena will have a base capacity of 12,000 that can be expanded up to 15,000 or down to another undisclosed number. The new complex will also include a shopping and entertainment center, office buildings, apartment buildings, a 5-star hotel, and a 1,600 car parking garage. The total investment is estimated to be US$1.5 billion.
Initial concept was drawn by Erick van Egeraat, Dutch architect who designs mainly in Russia and Germany. His vision of comprising a stadium and hockey arena inside the bowl of the former Dynamo Stadion won the authorities approval. Other architects who submitted their projects for tender but lost included Perkins Eastman, Populous and Gerkan, Marg and Partners. Some of the elements from the losing bids might still end up used in the final design. The final design was prepared by American practice Manica Architecture. Compared to the initial vision it lost its retractable roof and some facade features. Audience layout has also been subject to changes, ending up with two tiers of seating instead of three.
2018 World Cup bid
The new stadium was included in the Russia's bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, possibly hosting the opening game, as the Luzhniki Stadium is to host the final. However in late September 2012 FIFA announced the list of host cities and venues, excluding VTB Arena from the host list. This step came as no surprise after it turned out that Otkrytie Arena will be ready ahead of VTB Arena, put into operation already in 2014, opposed to 2016 for the VTB Arena.
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