World Cup 2018 – Venues – The Fisht Olympic Stadium
Fisht Olympic Stadium is an outdoor stadium in Sochi, Russia. Located in Sochi Olympic Park and named after Mount Fisht, the 40,000-capacity stadium was constructed for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, where it served as the venue for their opening and closing ceremonies.
The stadium was originally built as an enclosed facility; it was re-opened in 2016 as an open-air football stadium, to host matches as part of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Fisht Olympic Stadium was designed by Populous and British design consultancy BuroHappold Engineering. The stadium’s roof was built from approximately 36,500 square metres (393,000 sq ft) of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) and was designed to give the roof the appearance of snowy peaks. The bowl opens to the north, allowing a direct view of the Krasnaya Polyana Mountains, and the upper deck is open to the south, allowing a view of the Black Sea.
Having opened in 2013, it cost US$779 million to build the stadium. The stadium complex now serves as a training centre and match venue for the Russia national football team and will serve as a site for matches during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The stadium’s capacity will be temporarily expanded to 41,220 through temporary seating at the open ends of the stadium. The capacity will be reduced to 40,000 after the World Cup in 2018.
During the World Cup, the stadium will host Portugal v Spain (Group B), Belguim v Panama (Group G), Germany v Sweden (Group F), Australia v Peru (Group C), a round of 16 game plus a quarter-final.
— Danny Armstrong (@DannyWArmstrong) 29 June 2017