Central Stadium

World Cup 2018 – Venues – The Central Stadium

The Central Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The capacity of the stadium is just over 35,000. This will be reduced to 23,000 after the World Cup.

It will be one of 12 venues in 11 host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia during which it will be called Ekaterinburg Arena. The stadium is the eastern-most among the 2018 World Cup venues, being the only venue that stands in Asian Russia.


Central Stadium was built-in 1957. Earlier on this territory of the city also was a sports facility: from 1900 – the Velodrome, from 1928 – Regional Stadium, and from 1936 – the stadium “Metallurg of the East”. The Stadium has hosted thousands of sports and entertainment events.

In the first years after its opening, the stadium has become one of the world most important arenas of speed skating. In 1959 it held the World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Women, as well as the 1958, 1962, 1964, and 1966 championships of the USSR (with multiple world records made), and in the 1964-73 period many matches between strongest national speed skating teams of the world (Soviet Union, Norway, Sweden and Finland).

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Approximately during the time when SKA-Sverdlovsk was one of the best club teams in the world. The stadium hosts 1962, 1966, 1974 and 1978 Spartakiad of the Peoples of the USSR (contemporaneously these competitions were USSR championships) and other Russian and international competitions.

In 2004 the Stadium became a public company – JSC “Central Stadium” (in 2010 the shareholders – Sverdlovsk Oblast Ministry of assets – 25% plus 1 share, Administration of City Ekaterinburg – 25% plus 1 share, and of JSC “Sinara Group” – 50% minus 2 shares). From September 2006 to 2011, it completed a first large-scale stadium reconstruction. In 2015–17 completed another large-scale reconstruction.

During the tournament, the stadium will host Egypt v Uruguay (Group A), France v Peru (Group C), Japan v Senegal (Group H) and Mexico v Sweden (Group F).

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.