Krestovsky Stadium

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Krestovsky Stadium
RUS-2016-Aerial-SPB-Krestovsky Stadium 01.jpg
Location Saint Petersburg, Russia
Coordinates 59°58′22.63″N 30°13′13.92″E / 59.9729528°N 30.2205333°E / 59.9729528; 30.2205333Coordinates: 59°58′22.63″N 30°13′13.92″E / 59.9729528°N 30.2205333°E / 59.9729528; 30.2205333
Owner Zenit Saint Petersburg
Capacity 68,134 (in FIFA World Cup)
~ 80,000 (Сoncert events) [1]
Surface Grass
Broke ground 2007
Opened 2017
Construction cost $1.1 billion[2]-$1.4 billion (May 2015)[3]
FC Zenit St. Petersburg
2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
2018 FIFA World Cup
UEFA Euro 2020
Official website

The Krestovsky Stadium[4] (Russian: Стадион «Крестовский»), also called Zenit Arena, is a football stadium in the western portion of Krestovsky Island in Saint Petersburg, Russia, which is currently under construction.[5] It will host the home matches of FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. The stadium was planned to be completed by December 2008,[6] which was changed to late 2011.[7] It is now proposed that the stadium is scheduled to open in 2017.[8] The stadium will have a capacity of 68,134 people.[9] It will be called Saint Petersburg Stadium during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup[10] and 2018 FIFA World Cup.[11]


The competition between architectural project was won by Kisho Kurokawa's "The Spaceship". The design of the stadium is a modified and enlarged version of Toyota Stadium in Toyota City, Japan, which was also designed by Kurokawa. The stadium is being built on the location where the former Kirov Stadium used to stand before it was demolished.

In January 2009 the The St. Petersburg Times reported that the project was now to be funded by the city government of St Petersburg, with Gazprom switching to build a separate skyscraper project. City Hall had to step in after Gazprom declined to invest any further money into the stadium's construction.[12]

On 25 July 2016 the general contractor, Inzhtransstroy-Spb, issued a statement that the city authorities have failed to pay 1 billion rubles ($15.8 million at the current exchange rate) worth of construction work and stopped the work. The next day the contract was terminated. On 1 August there were reports of wind damage to parts of metal sheathing, and a flood.[13][14]

At the end of August 2016, new general contractor, Metrostroy, resumed construction works on the site.[15]

On October 27, the first match was held at the stadium. In a friendly game, the team of construction workers defeated the team of the Metrostroy company 6-2.[16]

In early November, a FIFA commission discovered that the retractable playing field was unstable, vibration levels were seven times higher than the accepted level. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko assured that a solution to the problem would be found.[17][18]

Norwegian football magazine Josimar claimed in March 2017 that at least some of the workers on the project were North Korean "slaves."[19]

2017 FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
17 June 2017 18:00  Russia  New Zealand Group A
22 June 2017 18:00  Cameroon  Australia Group B
24 June 2017 18:00  New Zealand  Portugal Group A
2 July 2017 21:00 Winner Match 13 Winner Match 14 Final

2018 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
15 June 2018 B3 B4 Group B
19 June 2018  Russia A3 Group A
22 June 2018 E1 E3 Group E
26 June 2018 D4 D1 Group D
3 July 2018 Winner Group F Runner-up Group E Round of 16
10 July 2018 Winner Match 57 Winner Match 58 Semi-final
14 July 2018 Loser Match 61 Loser Match 62 Third place match


  1. ^ "Facts about stadium - Official site of Zenit Arena / Piter Arena in Saint Petersburg". 
  2. ^ "Строительство стадиона "Зенит-Арена"". 
  3. ^ "Футбол. "Зенит-Арена" обойдется в 43,8 миллиарда рублей". 
  4. ^ "Стадион получит название "Крестовский" - Официальный сайт стадиона Зенит-Арена / Питер-Арена на Крестовском острове". 
  5. ^ (Russian) St. Petersburg Gorzakaz construction tender announcement
  6. ^ New stadium at Zenit's website (Russian)
  7. ^ ""Газпром-Арена". Лучше, но позже - Невское время". 
  8. ^ "FIFA confident that stadium in St. Petersburg will meet all requirements". TASS. 26 December 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - Destination -".  line feed character in |title= at position 29 (help)
  10. ^ "FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 - Saint Petersburg -". 
  11. ^ Stadium names for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ confirmed. FIFA.
  12. ^ "City Hall Pulls Out of Skyscraper, Redirects Funds to New Stadium". The St. Petersburg Times. 13 January 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "У "Зенит-Арены" снесло крышу" (in Russian). Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  14. ^ "Строящийся стадион "Зенита" начал уходить под воду" (in Russian). Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  15. ^ "Мутко: уровень беспокойства за стадион в Санкт-Петербурге понизят в сентябре" (in Russian). Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  16. ^ "Как в первом матче на Крестовском "строители" победили "Метрострой"" (in Russian). Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  17. ^ "World Cup 2018: Russian stadium's shaking pitch concerns Fifa". BBC. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  18. ^ "Zenit Arena Troubles: To Be Continued". St. Petersburg Travel Guide. Retrieved 8 November 2016. 
  19. ^ "North Korean Slaves Allegedly Building Key Russian World Cup Stadium". Moscow Times. 31 March 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 

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Preceded by
Maracanã Stadium
Rio de Janeiro
FIFA Confederations Cup
Final Venue

Succeeded by