World Cup 2018 - Venues - Luzhniki Stadium

World Cup 2018 – Venues – Luzhniki Stadium

Luzhniki Stadium is the national stadium of Russia, located in its capital, Moscow. Its total seating capacity of 81,000 makes it the largest football stadium in Russia and one of the largest stadiums in Europe.

The stadium is a part of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex and is located in Khamovniki District of the Central Administrative Okrug of Moscow city. The name Luzhniki derives from the flood meadows in the bend of Moskva River where the stadium was built, translating roughly as “The Meadows”.

He Luzhniki was the main stadium of the 1980 Olympic games, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as some of the competitions, including the final of the football tournament. A UEFA Category 4 stadium, Luzhniki hosted UEFA Cup Final in 1999 and UEFA Champions League Final in 2008.

The stadium also hosted such events as 1973 Summer Universiade and 2013 World Championships in Athletics. It was named the main stadium of 2018 FIFA World Cup and will host some matches of it, including the final.

In the past its field has been used as the home ground (at various times) for football games played by PFC CSKA Moscow, Torpedo Moscow and Spartak Moscow, however, there are currently no clubs based at the stadium. Today it is mainly used as one of the home grounds of the Russian national football team.

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The stadium is used from time to time for various other sporting events and for concerts. It also used to host Russian domestic cup finals.

It was one of the few major European football stadia to use an artificial pitch, having installed a FIFA-approved Field Turf pitch in 2002. However, a temporary natural grass pitch was installed for the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final.

The stadium will host the opening fixture (Russia v Saudi Arabia) of the tournament and also the final. Other games at the venue Germany v Mexico Group F, Portugal v Morocco Group B, Denmark v France Group C, Winner Group B v Runner-up Group A then one of the Semi-Finals.

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.