World Cup 2018 – Venues – Kazan Arena

Kazan Arena is a stadium in Kazan, Russia. It was completed in July 2013 and will host football matches, especially Rubin Kazan’s home games in the Russian Premier League. The stadium has the largest outside screen in Europe.

The stadium’s LED facade is the largest one installed on a football stadium in the world.

The stadium hosted the 2013 Summer Universiade opening and closing ceremonies, and 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. It will also host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Its capacity is around 45,379. It will replace Central Stadium as Kazan’s main football stadium. Kazan Arena also hosted the 2015 World Aquatics Championships.

The architectural concept has been designed by Populous; according to lead designer Damon Lavelle, the stadium is a unique response to the local culture and place. The general design stage: “TatInvestGrazhdanProekt”, “Intex”, “TsNIIpromzdany”.

The 16th FINA World Championships were held in Kazan, with some events held at the Arena.


The Kazan Arena was built-in just three years, a remarkably short period of time. Even though the stadium is one of the first purely footballing facilities in Russia, the opening and closing ceremonies of the XXVII Summer Universiade were held here in 2013. The Kazan Arena also hosted the 2015 World Aquatics Championships, during which two competition-sized swimming pools were erected within the stadium.

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One of the Kazan Arena’s standout features is its media façade, which is one of the largest in the world for a sports stadium and is composed of three HD plasma panels measuring 4,200 square metres.

First matches

The first football match at the arena took place on 17 August 2014, when home side Rubin Kazan welcomed Lokomotiv Moscow in the Russian Premier League. Interestingly, the first goal at the new stadium was scored by 18-year-old Loko midfielder Aleksei Miranchuk, who is now competing for a place in Russia’s starting line-up this summer.

During the tournament, the stadium will host France v Australia (Group C), Iran v Spain (Group B), Poland v Colombia (Group H) South Korea v Germany ( Group F), a round of 16 game plus a quarterfinal match.

The Other Venues

Samara Arena, Nizhny Novgorod, Volgograd Arena, Ekaterinburg Arena, Mordovia Arena, Rostov Arena, Kaliningrad Stadium, Kazan ArenaFisht Stadium, Saint Petersburg Stadium, Luzhniki Stadium, Otkritie Arena.