The World Cup is all set to roll on today and we are ready to ascend to this beautiful country of Russia in what will be the biggest party in the world. More than one month, 32 countries, 12 glorious stadiums in the biggest football in the world.
Spartak Stadium is one of the 12 venues that we will see in Russia hosting some of the most important games of the tournament.
Here’s everything you need to know about this relatively new Stadium in Moscow.
● Location/Capacity: Moscow, 45,360
Spartak Stadium is located in the heart of Russian capital of Moscow. The stadium has a capacity of just over 45,000 and is the home of Russian Premier League side Spartak Moscow who are considered by many as one of the best teams in the country.
● Construction and Architecture:
Spartak Stadium originally broke ground in October of 2010 however it was originally scheduled to break ground 3 years earlier in 2007. The construction was delayed multiple times for a multitude of reasons. It was originally going to be built between 2009 and 2010 but in 2009 the designing of the stadium’s architecture still was in process. The original Stadium design was rejected in 2010 by an agriculture board as they thought the project was two similar and not unique enough. The layout of the stadium was developed by AECOM in partnership with Sports Concepts and Sochi designer Dexter Moore and Associates. The money in the financial parts of making the stadium possible was largely funded by club owner Leonid Fedun along with two companies LUKoli & IFD Kapital.
On February 19th 2013 it was announced that the new stadium would be named Spartak Stadium or better known as Otkritie Arena. In 2014 in momentum to the Starostin brothers the founders of Spartak Moscow, opened near the north side of the stadium a 24.5 M sculpture of the Roman gladiator Spartacus from the club is named was unveiled outside the stadium. The stadium officially opened on the 5th of September 2014 the stadium ultimately ended up costing 14 billion ruble which is approximately 430 million US dollars. The architect of the design and creation of the stadium was BiznesTehProekt, PozhEvroZtoroi.
● Important Previous Matches:
Spartak Moscow played against Red Star Belgrade in the first match played in the stadium. The stadium ended up being a built on the side of the Toshino airport. Spartak Stadium ended up being a part of Russia’s 2018 World Cup bid. The Stadium was elected to host four group games as well as a round of 16 match in this year’s World Cup.
Spartak Stadium is a fairly new ground which is yet to have its own history written about this venue the only significant match that this stadium has been a part of up to this date is they were one of the stadiums selected to host the 2017 Confederation Cup.
It also is one of the regular stadiums that are the home of the Russian national team.
● Matches To Be Played In World Cup :
○ 16 June 2018 16:00 – Argentina vs Iceland – Group D
○ 19 June 2018 15:00 – Poland vs Senegal – Group H
○ 23 June 2018 15:00 – Belgium vs Tunisia – Group B
○ 26 June 2018 17:00 – Serbia vs Brazil – Group C
○ 3 July 2018 21:00 – 1H vs 2G – Round of 16