Volgograd Arena

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Volgograd Arena
Volgograd Arena 2018-06-25 before match Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Outside 01.jpeg
Location Lenina Ave 76, Volgograd, Russia
Coordinates 48°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
Capacity 45,568 (Official)
43,713 (2018 FIFA World Cup)[1]
Field size 105 by 68 m (344 by 223 ft)
Surface Desso GrassMaster
Construction
Broke ground 2015
Built 2018
Construction cost rubles 16.3 billion
Euro 220 million
Tenants
FC Rotor Volgograd (2018–present)

The Volgograd Arena[2] (Russian: «Волгоград Арена») is a football stadium in Volgograd, Russia. The stadium is 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]

History[edit]

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.[4]

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]

Description[edit]

Scale model of Volgograd Arena
Scale model of Volgograd Arena

The Arena was designed by Moscow-based Sport-Engineering, the winner of an open tender. Stroytransgaz was the project's general construction contractor. Initially, local authorities estimated the total project cost, including the construction works, at 10 billion rubles. 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. 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.

Volgograd Arena in the night

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.

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.

Security[edit]

By the opening of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the stadium will be equipped with alarm and public alert systems, metal detectors, indicators of hazardous liquids and explosives, and the facility will be serviced by 30 posts of 24-hour security posts.[5]

2018 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
18 June 2018 21:00  Tunisia 1–2  England Group G 41,064[6]
22 June 2018 18:00  Nigeria 2–0  Iceland Group D 40,904[7]
25 June 2018 17:00  Saudi Arabia 2–1  Egypt Group A 36,823[8]
28 June 2018 17:00  Japan 0–1  Poland Group H 42,189[9]
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 will be handed over to the local Rotor Volgograd. 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.

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Russia 2018: Volgograd – bright future awaits city with dark past". RT. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  5. ^ 06 июня21:45 (2018-02-19). "Объявлены конкурсы на охрану семи стадионов ЧМ-2018 на 385 млн руб | Футбол | Р-Спорт. Все главные новости спорта". Rsport.ria.ru. Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  6. ^ "Match report – Group G – Tunisia - England" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Match report – Group D – Nigeria - Iceland" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 22 June 2018. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Match report – Group A – Saudi Arabia - Egypt" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 25 June 2018. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Match report – Group H – Japan - Poland" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 28 June 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.

External links[edit]

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