|Former names||Dynamo Stadium|
|Capacity||Large outdoor stadium:
Small indoor arena:
Ice hockey: 12,000
|Construction cost||US$1.5 billion|
|Architect||Erick van Egeraat, MANICA Architecture|
The old Dynamo Stadium was closed for demolition in 2008, and the new VTB Arena was built in its place. 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 indoor 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.
The VTB Arena's initial concept was drawn by Dutch architect Erick van Egeraat, who does designs mainly for buildings in Russia and Germany. His vision of comprising both a football stadium and a ice hockey arena inside the bowl of the former Dynamo Stadion won the authorities approval. Other architects who submitted their projects for tender, but lost out on the final bid, included Perkins Eastman, Populous, and Gerkan, Marg and Partners. However, some of the elements from the losing bids might still end up used in the final design.
The final design was prepared by the American firm Manica Architecture. As compared to the project's initial design, the project's final design lost its retractable roof, and some facade features. The audience layout was also subject to changes, ending up with two tiers of seating, instead of three.
2018 FIFA World Cup bid
The VTB Arena's new football stadium was included in the Russian bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, to possibly host the opening game, as the Luzhniki Stadium is set to host the final. However, in late September 2012, FIFA announced the list of host cities and venues, which excluded VTB Arena from the host list. This decision came as no surprise, after it turned out that the Otkrytie Arena would be ready ahead of the VTB Arena, being put into operation already in 2014, as opposed to 2016, for the VTB Arena.
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