World Cup 2018 – Venues – The Rostov Arena

Rostov Arena is an association football stadium in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. It is one of the venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It also hosts FC Rostov of the Russian Premier League, replacing Olimp – 2. It has a capacity of 45,000 spectators.


In June 2013, during the ground-breaking for the stadium, five shells from WWII were found, almost perfectly preserved.

In August 2013, work began on the sandy alluvium foundation for the stadium. Work on the foundation was completed in May 2014. Construction commenced on the stadium substructure in October 2015. In December the construction site began to bring in heavy equipment and construction materials. In January 2015, crews began driving piles.

In March 2015, the stadium project was revised, reducing the cost of construction to 3 billion rubles. In the summer of 2015 pile driving was completed and superstructure construction began.

In December 2015, work began on the installation of the metal roof frame. In July 2016 work on the concrete stadium bowl began. In addition, builders started construction of the facade and began landscaping the adjacent territory to the stadium. In November 2016 the reinforced concrete work of the stadium main bowl was fully completed and the installation of load bearing roof structures began.

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First games

Currently the Rostov Arena is undergoing the final stage of construction ahead of Russia 2018. It is expected that local club FC Rostov will play a few of their final home fixtures of the Russian Premier League this season at the new facility.


FC Rostov caused shockwaves in Europe last season: after finishing in second place in the Russian top flight, they unexpectedly qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, where they defeated Bayern Munich on home soil. Rostov plays at the 15,000-seater Olimp-2 stadium at the moment and are due to move into their new home permanently after the World Cup.

During the tournament, the stadium will host Brazil v Switzerland (Group E), Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (Group A), South Korea v Mexico (Group F), Iceland v Croatia (Group D) plus a round of 16 game.

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.