2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia: The venues

May 7th, 2018 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Sport

© FIFA

© FIFA

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010. All but one of the stadium venues are in European Russia, west of the Ural Mountains to keep travel time manageable. The Lushniki Olympic Stadium in Moscow shall be the venue of the opening match and the final. Of the 12 venues used, the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and the Saint Petersburg Stadium (the two largest stadiums in Russia) will be used most, with 7 matches being played at each of these stadiums. In March 2018, the German Federal Criminal Police Office issued a clear warning about “high threats of terrorism” during the World Cup, so that it is recommended to visit the venues only after the World Cup (additionally: U.S. Department of State – Russia Travel Advisory). All other Western security services have issued similar warnings. The venues are similar to those of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017, which was considered a dress rehearsal for the World Cup. Russia has had to reduce the overall budget for the World Cup several times due to the country’s persistent economic problems, so that the original planning for the World Cup, with the approval of the FIFA, can no longer be met. The venues are:   read more…

2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil: The venues

June 7th, 2014 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Sport

The World Cup is scheduled to take place at 12 venues from 12 June to 13 July 2014. Off the 12 stadiums, seven are new and five are newly renovated venues. Overall 64 World Cup matches will be played in the stadiums.

Arena Corinthians in São Paulo © Copa2014.gov.br/cc-by-3.0

Arena Corinthians in São Paulo © Copa2014.gov.br/cc-by-3.0

The opening match between Brazil and Portugal will be held in Arena Corinthians in Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo. Due to the request of at least 65,000 seats for the World Cup opening match, 19,800 temporary seats will be added to the stadium for the tournament. Aníbal Coutinho designed the stadium to be “a stadium that would help the supporters, that would help the team to win matches, I wanted to make the supporters get on the pitch”. Aníbal leads a team of 25 architects. Arena Corinthians will be one of the venues of the 2016 Summer Olympics Football Tournament. Stadium’s website: Arena Corinthians.   read more…

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