Volgograd Arena

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Volgograd Arena
Volgograd arena aerial view 1.jpg
LocationLenina Ave 76, Volgograd, Russia
Coordinates48°44′04″N 44°32′55″E / 48.73444°N 44.54861°E / 48.73444; 44.54861Coordinates: 48°44′04″N 44°32′55″E / 48.73444°N 44.54861°E / 48.73444; 44.54861
Capacity45,568 (Official)
43,713 (2018 FIFA World Cup)[1]
Field size105 by 68 m (344 by 223 ft)
SurfaceDesso GrassMaster
Broke ground2015
Construction costrubles 16.3 billion
Euro 220 million
FC Rotor Volgograd (2018–present)

The Volgograd Arena[2] (Russian: «Волгоград Арена») is a football stadium in Volgograd, Russia. The stadium was one of the venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It also hosts FC Rotor Volgograd. It has a capacity of 45,568 spectators.[3]


The stadium was built on site of the demolished Central Stadium, at the foot of the Mamayev Kurgan memorial complex, near the Volga River. The previous stadium was built in 1958, on the site of a former oil depot. This area was undeveloped, occupied by randomly distributed low-value buildings, warehouses, barracks and ravines. During construction of the stadium, 300 unexploded bombs were discovered and removed from the site.[citation needed]

To save money it was proposed to make the stadium a compact, single object, which consisted of the podium for 40 thousand spectators, a sports Olympic size arena and two large sports complex with 10 different gyms. The complex included a swimming pool and riding school which was not built due to lack of funds.[citation needed]

World Cup 2018[edit]

Scale model of Volgograd Arena

The Arena was designed by PI Arena and GMP Architekten, the winner of an open tender. Stroytransgaz was the project's general construction contractor.[4][5] Initially, local authorities estimated the total project cost, including the construction works, at 10 billion rubles.[6] In October 2014, the preliminary construction cost of the stadium for the 2018 FIFA World Cup was adjusted to 17 billion rubles. The architectural and planning solutions implemented in the stadium focus primarily on its efficient multifunctional use. Its sports core is fully FIFA-compliant. The stadium's capacity is at 45,000 seats, including 2,280 seats in the media box, 640 seats in the VIP box, and 460 seats for people with limited mobility.[7] A special architectural feature of the stadium is its large roof resting on a cable frame, arranged in a “bicycle wheel” pattern created by steel-wire cables. The Volgograd Arena is shaped like an overturned truncated cone 49.5 m tall and about 303 m in diameter. The façade shape is dictated by the need to fit the building compactly into the available piece of land. The stadium has 42 elevators, 24 of them adapted for people with disabilities. The ornamental pattern of the self-bearing façade structures is evocative of the traditional local wine weaving craft and Victory Day fireworks. The Volgograd Arena is equipped with a sound system with speakers by Funktion One and processing and amplification by MC2 Audio.[8]

Volgograd Arena in the night

The stadium was inaugurated on April 3, 2018, shortly before the first FIFA World Cup match on April 21, 2018.[9][10] Football veterans, among them Alexander Nikitin and Valery Yesipov, were honored in an honoring ceremony before the first match.[10]

Services for fans[edit]

The following services are available to fans visiting the stadium:

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

The stadium has 42 elevators, 24 are suitable for disabled fans. In addition, the Arena is equipped with lifts, ramps and turnstiles for spectators with limited mobility. A separate sector of the Arena is specially made accessible for people with disabilities.[11]


By 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 the facility was serviced by 30 posts of 24-hour security posts.[12]

2018 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Date Time Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Attendance
18 June 2018 21:00  Tunisia 1–2  England Group G 41,064[13]
22 June 2018 18:00  Nigeria 2–0  Iceland Group D 40,904[14]
25 June 2018 17:00  Saudi Arabia 2–1  Egypt Group A 36,823[15]
28 June 2018 17:00  Japan 0–1  Poland Group H 42,189[16]
Volgograd Arena before the match between Nigeria and Iceland on June 22, 2018

After 2018 FIFA World Cup[edit]

After the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Arena reduced its seating capacity to 35,000 and was handed over to the local Rotor Volgograd.[17] The Arena is expected to serve as a venue for the city’s cultural and sporting events, festivals, exhibitions, and concerts. In the future, the stadium will host a fitness center.


  1. ^ "Volgograd Arena". FIFA. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  2. ^ Stadium names for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ confirmed. FIFA.
  3. ^ Volgograd Arena. FIFA.
  4. ^ "Volgograd Arena". stadiumdb.com. 27 March 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  5. ^ "PJSC Stroytransgaz released video about the construction of the Volgograd Arena". stroytransgaz.ru. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Волгоградский стадион к ЧМ-2018 спроектируют за 1 млрд рублей". iz.ru. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Volgograd Arena – 45000 seat stadium for FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia™". stg-m.ru. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  8. ^ "Funktion-One proves a hit at Volgograd Arena". thestadiumbusiness.com. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Construction of the stadium "Volgograd Arena". Openwork roof. [1]". prlib.ru. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  10. ^ a b "The first football match took place at the Volgograd Arena Stadium". stroytransgaz.ru. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  11. ^ "Introduction to Volgograd". meetngreetme.com. 12 June 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  12. ^ 06 июня21:45 (19 February 2018). "Объявлены конкурсы на охрану семи стадионов ЧМ-2018 на 385 млн руб | Футбол | Р-Спорт. Все главные новости спорта". Rsport.ria.ru. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Match report – Group G – Tunisia - England" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Match report – Group D – Nigeria - Iceland" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 22 June 2018. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Match report – Group A – Saudi Arabia - Egypt" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 25 June 2018. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  16. ^ "Match report – Group H – Japan - Poland" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  17. ^ "Goooooooooooooaaaaaal!! Here are 7 Russian architecture projects to check out before the World Cup begins". archpaper.com. 13 June 2018. Retrieved 11 November 2020.

External links[edit]

Sound system processing and amplification: www.mc2-audio.,co.uk