World Cup Stadiums

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  • Originally built in 1956 to showcase the sporting might of the Soviet Union, this Moscow stadium has been transformed to host the World Cup final, which will take place on July 15.(More…)
  • It’s been renovated three different times since hosting the 1980 Summer Olympic Games and will play host to the World Cup opener on June 14 and the final on July 15.(More…)


  • FC Rostov, which won the Russian Cup in 2014, will take over the stadium once the tournament is over.(More…)
  • With a capacity of just over 81,000, the stadium has hosted the 1980 Olympics, the 1999 UEFA Cup Final, and the Champions League final, among other international events.(More…)


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Originally built in 1956 to showcase the sporting might of the Soviet Union, this Moscow stadium has been transformed to host the World Cup final, which will take place on July 15. [1] During the World Cup, the stadium will host the third-place match after hosting a semi-final and four group stage matches. [1] Unlike Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Mordovia Arena will host a club side after the World Cup is finished — albeit lowly second-tier Mordovia Saransk. [2] A lot goes into the planning and execution of a World Cup, not least the building, renovation, and preparation of the stadiums and infrastructure that will host hundreds of thousands of fans during the month-long tournament. [2] The stadium is supposed to become the center of a vast new housing and leisure development after the World Cup, and will also be the new home of the soccer team FC Rostov. [1] Once the World Cup is over, the stadium will be rebranded the Cosmos Arena and become home to local side Krylia Sovetov (or: “wings of the Soviets”). [2] Krestovsky Stadium, otherwise known as Saint-Petersburg Stadium for the World Cup, hosted the Confederations Cup final between Germany and Chile. [3] This summer it will become the fifth stadium to have hosted the final of the World Cup, Champions League, and featured as the main stadium of the Summer Olympics. [2]

If you think this stadium looks eerily similar to South Africa’s Soccer City stadium, showcased during the 2010 World Cup, you’re not going crazy. [3] Modernization and expansions were necessary, as FIFA has stringent rules on how big stadiums need to be for certain stages of the World Cup, and all stadiums must meet safety requirements. [2] Severe delays and soaring costs were just the start for a project which became notorious for employing North Korean laborers, one of whom was among at least eight people to die on the stadium and 17 across all World Cup construction sites, according to the trade union Building and Wood Workers? International. [1] Editor’s Notes: Like Nizhny Novgorod’s, this stadium was built especially for the World Cup. [2] This is another stadium that will have its capacity reduced (to 25,000) after the World Cup. [2] Of the 12 stadiums built or renovated to the World Cup, Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and the Saint Petersburg Stadium will be used the most. [3]

In interviews, Karas and others singled out the stadium for praise amid concerns that other World Cup stadiums in Russia would become white elephants after the monthlong competition. [4] Groundbreaking for this World Cup stadium began in 2013, during which in-tact shells from World War II were found on the site. [5] Known typically as the Krestovsky Stadium or Zenit Arena, this venue will be dubbed the Saint Petersburg Stadium when it hosts the World Cup matches. [5] After the World Cup, the stadium will be home to Zenit St. Petersburg, and will also host several matches in Euro 2020. [5]

The FIFA World Cup, much like the Olympic games, encourages a great deal of development in the host country, with the addition of stadiums, infrastructure, and other programs needed to support the mass of fans who will head to cheer on their country. [5] Here are some of the notable American cities and stadiums hoping to host World Cup matches in eight years time. [6] While stadiums in Moscow and other cities had been World Cup ready for some time, there were a few stadiums that needed a bit of touching up before hosting matches for the tournament. [7] Loosely based on Herzog and de Meuron’s Allianz Arena, the newly built Kaliningrad Stadium has overcome a number of obstacles in order to be completed in time for the World Cup. [5] Another stadium built just for the World Cup, this arena features a lattice exterior and a cabled roof, making it one of the most architecturally distinct venues. [5] MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., will likely host the 2026 World Cup final after the U.S., Canada and Mexico won hosting rights. [8] MetLife Stadium, New Jersey : A contender to host a hypothetical World Cup final, MetLife is a behemoth, boasting 83,000-seats and direct proximity to the country’s biggest market in NYC. [6] Check out the twelve stadiums that will host matches in the 2018 World Cup below. [5] With an initial capacity of 45,000 for the World Cup, the upper tier will be removed and transformed into a walkable concourse once it becomes the home stadium of FC Mordovia Saransk of the Russian Premier League. [5] Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles : It’s new, much like it’s home team LAFC, and with all the celebrity hype surrounding the new team — Will Farrell is a part owner and unofficial spokesperson — World Cup cache could soon follow. [6] In order to add roughly 8,000 seats to the stadium, the World Cup construction team got a little creative, and put bleachers on top of what looks like elaborate scaffolding outside of the stadium, offering what can still technically be called “views” of the pitch. [7] FC Olimpiyets Nizhny Novgorod is the club team who will inherit the stadium after the conclusion of the World Cup. [5] Two 139-foot-tall temporary stands were constructed at Tsentralnyi Stadium in Yekaterinburg, Russia, to expand seating for the World Cup to 35,000. [4] We’ve compiled a list that show these impressive stadiums and arenas, and offer a glimpse as to how they will be used long after the winner of the 2018 World Cup is crowned. [5] MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. — It’s the proposed site of the World Cup final. [8] “It’s not about the World Cup, not about stadiums, not about architecture,” she said. [4] The open ends of the stadium, which once allowed for views of the Krasnaya Polyana mountains and the Black sea, have been filled with temporary seating to accommodate the World Cup crowds. [5]

It’s been renovated three different times since hosting the 1980 Summer Olympic Games and will play host to the World Cup opener on June 14 and the final on July 15. [3] It hosts the following World Cup games: Argentina vs. Iceland on June 16, Poland vs. Senegal on June 19, Belgium vs. Tunisia on June 23, Serbia vs. Brazil on June 27 and a round of 16 game on July 3. [3]

The arena will host four group stage matches during the 2018 World Cup. [1] World Cup games: Four group stage and two knockout round matches. [3]

Editor’s Notes: Despite being the easternmost host city at the World Cup, Ekaterinburg is still some 3,000 miles from Vladivostok at Russia’s eastern tip. [2] The Iranian men’s national team will feature in the FIFA men’s World Cup for just the fifth. [3] It was actually scheduled to be built before Russia was awarded the World Cup. [3] After the World Cup, the stadium’s capacity will be reduced to 35,000 and become the new home of second-tier club Rotor Volgograd. [2] To reflect that, the stadium’s 44,000 capacity will be brought down to 28,000 after the World Cup by removing the upper tier and turning it into a walking concourse. [2] The arena, which has been modified for the World Cup, is named after nearby Mt. [2]

On June 14 at 6:00 p.m. Moscow time (11:00 a.m. ET), teams from Russia and Saudi Arabia will kick off the 2018 World Cup at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. [9] The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins on June 14 in Moscow, when the hosts face Saudi Arabia at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. [10] The 2018 FIFA World Cup is upon us and 32 teams will be vying for that coveted title with the final scheduled for July 15 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. [11] In addition to the first game of the World Cup, the final on July 15 will also be played at Luzhniki Stadium. [9]

After spending roughly $11 billion to host the World Cup, Russia will kick off the competition on Thursday (June 14) with matches being played at 12 stadiums around the country. [12] As we approach the FIFA World Cup beginning June 14, we bring you a low-down of the 12 stadiums hosting the World Cup matches. [11] What can fans expect from the arenas at this World Cup? We?ve collected details of all 12 stadiums, including pictures of exterior and interiors, as well as aerial or satellite images of each venue. [10] That’s just one of 12 stadiums that teams from 32 countries will be playing at during the World Cup. [9]

Here is a look at all 12 World Cup stadiums in Russia Associated Press The stadiums range from St. Petersburg to Sochi and its subtropical climate on the Black Sea coast. [13] It is the only World Cup stadium built without government money. [13] Cost rises, worker deaths, and corruption have marred the building of Russia’s World Cup stadiums. [13] Based on the design of Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa, who died in 2007, plans for the stadium – which cost around the 1 billion mark – had to be redrawn after Russia won the right to host the World Cup, in order to allow an increased capacity of 68,000. [14] Anthony Johnson reports on the possibility of MetLife Stadium hosting the final of the 2026 World Cup after the U.S, Canada and Mexico won the bid to host. [15] The United bid team also proposed that it would hold the World Cup final in the 83,000-seat stadium. [16] The stadium is on the outskirts of the city, so fans should allow plenty of time for travel to games including a World Cup quarterfinal. [13] In 2011, barely a year after its inauguration, the stadium hosted the Under-17 World Cup and Pan American Games. [16] Edmonton : Commonwealth Stadium has hosted numerous events over the years, including matches at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, and seats over 60,000. [16] There will be a total seven World Cup matches played in Moscow, seven played at Luzhniki and another 5 at Spartak Stadium. [17] Boston: Technically, the matches will be held in Foxborough at the 66,000-capacity Gillette Stadium, but the opportunity to serve the Boston area, one of the locales used at the 1994 World Cup, will be one that FIFA won’t want to pass up. [16]

The FIFA World Cup matches will be played in 12 venues spread all over Russia. [11] Nominated as a World Cup host city, Ekaterinburg was faced with the dilemma of having to produce a venue that houses a minimum of 35,000 fans, as per FIFA rules. [5] This venue will play host to four World Cup group matches — Tunisia vs England, Nigeria vs Iceland, Saudi Arabia vs Egypt and Japan vs Poland. [11] It was initially designed to hold 45,000 seats and feature a retractable roof, but the modest, roofless, 35,000 seat venue will now host four first-group matches in the 2018 World Cup. [5]

Take for instance, t he Yekaterinburg Arena, the easternmost host of any 2018 matches, which had to go through a bit of a makeover before it was ready to make its World Cup debut. [7] YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – JUNE 13, 2018: A view of Yekaterinburg Arena ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. [7] The Arena was built in 1957, and did not initially meet the World Cup minimum of 35,000 capacity for hosting games. [7] After the World Cup, Volgograd Arena will be reduced to a 35,000 seat capacity and become the new home of Rotor Volgograd. [5] After the World Cup, FC Rostov, the 2014 Russian Cup winners, will call this arena their new home field. [5] Once the World Cup is over, it will be renamed the “Cosmos Arena” and become the new home field of local Krylia Sovetov. [5] Yekaterinburg Arena will make its World Cup debut the next day, hosting a match between Egypt and Uruguay. [7] Yekaterinburg Arena had to go through a bit of a makeover before it was ready to make its World Cup debut. [7] The Arena did not initially meet the World Cup minimum capacity. [7] Every four years, millions of soccer fans tune in to watch the best national teams battle it out at the World Cup –all for a chance to call themselves the best soccer team in the world. [5] The World Cup is going to happen where the majority of American soccer fans live, so don’t expect to watch Neymar nutmeg his way through a wall of defenders somewhere in Dubuque, Iowa. [6]

It will play host to six World Cup matches including four group matches (Sweden vs South Korea, Argentina vs Croatia, England vs Panama and Switzerland v Costa Rica), one Round of 16 clash and one Quarter-final on 6th July. [11] Does it have the international flavor and the grandiosity to host World Cup games? With Chicago and Minneapolis out, though, it’s probably the top Midwest candidate. [8] Here’s where the games of the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be played. [9] The 2018 World Cup kicks off on Thursday with Russia taking on Saudi Arabia in the opening match in Moscow. [7] This is the first World Cup to be held in Europe since Germany hosted in 2006, and the stakes are high for Russia to impress. [10] Over the next four weeks, 32 nations will meet in 11 cities across Russia to compete for the 2018 World Cup. [7] FIFA members approved the U.S., Canada and Mexico bid for the 2026 World Cup. [18] The FIFA World Cup 2018 will begin on June 14 and last till July 15. [11] Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for more FIFA World Cup 2018 updates. [11] The tournament involves 32 national teams, including current champions Germany and World Cup newcomers Iceland and Panama. [10] Mordovia Arena is set to be one of the most colorful arenas in the 2018 World Cup with its orange, red, and white exterior. [5] Topics : 2018 FIFA World Cup Football Get the latest FIFA World Cup 2018 news, check World Cup 2018 schedule, Football live score & World Cup standings. [11] World Cup tickets are notoriously hard to come by, but even people lucky enough to secure seats at a game could find themselves, in some sense, on the outside looking in. [4]

The Mordovia replaces the Start Stadium, which had a short lifespan after being built in 2004 – but with a capacity of 11,613 was always going to fall short of World Cup standards. [14] Originally built in 1962, the Central Stadium was renovated as recently as 2002 – but after being awarded the World Cup it was a case of out with the old, in with the new and the original ground was demolished. [14] Severe delays and soaring costs were just the start for a project which became notorious for employing North Korean laborers, one of whom was among at least eight people to die on the stadium and 17 across all World Cup construction sites, according to the trade union Building and Wood Workers’ International. [13] Construction of the stadium didn?t begin until September 2015, making it the last of the World Cup projects to get under way. [14] How that Olympic legacy continues after the World Cup isn’t clear; Sochi doesn’t have a football club to use the stadium. [13] Mercedes-Benz Stadium should be one of the top choices among potential 2026 World Cup venues. [16] With just a week till the World Cup begins and some of the masterminds behind Russia’s stadiums are excited to put on a show. [19] Former Spanish International footballer and 2010 World Cup Winner, Carles Puyol; “I went down to the pitch, it is impressive, although the stadium is empty at the moment. [19] The stadium sits on the bank of the Don river and is planned to become the center of a vast new housing and leisure development after the World Cup. [13] RT Sport took a tour around the Moscow’s magnificent Luzhniki Stadium, the newly renovated 80,000 capacity venue that will host the World Cup 2018 opening match and final game in the heart of Russia. [17] Here is every 2018 FIFA World Cup game with times and TV information, from the group stage starting on June 14 through the final at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15. [20]

MOSCOW — Russia’s World Cup is spread across 12 stadiums in 11 host cities. [13] The 2018 World Cup has 12 stadiums hosting matches in Russia. [21] Background: Stadium wise, Luzhniki Stadium is the jewel in the Russian crown for the 2018 World Cup. [21]

One particularly eye-catching name was developer Aras Agalarov, whose Crocus Group helped build two World Cup stadiums and who in 2013 hosted Donald Trump and his Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. [22] The stadium has hosted games of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and will serve as a venue for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship. [23]

Another of the host stadiums for the Confederations Cup, the Kazan Stadium was opened in 2013, when it held the opening and closing ceremonies of the Summer World University Games. [14] Besides the 2026 World Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation is tentatively planning to bid for the 2027 Women’s World Cup and Los Angeles is set to host the 2028 Olympic Games. [24] North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament. [15] SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Martin Rogers discusses Russia’s first time as a World Cup host, the underdogs of the tournament and if a South American country can their its World Cup in Europe since 1958. [20] Canada will host men’s World Cup matches for the first time, while Mexico gets its first taste of the event since staging the entire event in 1986. [15] This combination of pictures shows the 12 venues that will host the matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. [13] Yekaterinburg is the fourth-largest city in Russia, and the furthest east of the host cities being used for the World Cup. [14] Much more is needed from Russia at their new home if they are going to mark the first competitive game at Luzhniki and World Cup 2018 opener on June 14. [17] When the first of those games take place on June 14 as Russia take on Saudi Arabia, it will raise the curtain on the first ever World Cup held on Russian soil and also etching into history a new beginning for Russian sport. [17]

Wednesday’s vote, conducted during the FIFA Congress at Moscow’s expo center, provided a much-needed victory for American soccer, which is in the process of rebuilding the men’s program in the wake of last fall’s failure to qualify for this summer’s World Cup in Russia. [24] The 2018 World Cup — the 21st edition of the international soccer tournament — will be held in Russia. [20]

Briefly: A vast bowl built in the 1950s to showcase the sporting might of the Soviet Union, Luzhniki has been transformed to host the World Cup final. [13] Years later, in the aftermath of a FIFA corruption scandal that resulted in numerous criminal indictments, the organization introduced reforms and changed the process for choosing the World Cup host. [24] Its opening was held on September 9 last year, which also doubled as the launch of the official World Cup Trophy Tour, attended by Russian president Vladimir Putin and FIFA president Gianni Infantino. [17] Nizhny Novgorod is the closest of the World Cup venues to the hub of Moscow, lying just 400km to the east – which, in Russian terms, isn?t that far. [14] The ground beat Dynamo Moscow’s VTB Arena for the role of Moscow’s second World Cup venue, and VIP seats dominate one of the main stands. [14] In its place, a new arena as the new heart of Russian sport that will be the focal point of the World Cup. [17] With the United bid of Canada, Mexico and the U.S. having emerged victorious in its quest to secure the hosting rights for the 2026 World Cup, attention can now shift — in part — to the host cities that will be selected. [16] Morocco has made five unsuccessful bids to host the World Cup. [24] Next, FIFA’s evaluation task force raised serious doubts about Morocco’s capacity to host the World Cup. [24] The likes of Chicago, which hosted the opening match at the 1994 World Cup, as well as Vancouver, the site of the 2015 Women’s World Cup final, opted not to be part of the bid. [16] Chicago was the site of the 1994 World Cup opener but declined to be part of the U.S. bid. [24] 32 years after setting World Cup attendance records in hosting the 1994 competition, the United States will join forces with its neighbors to organize a championship that, in 2026, will expand to 48 teams from 32. [24] Amid years of economic woes and allegations of corruption in the buildup, Moscow is about to raise the curtain on what has become soccer’s most expensive World Cup ever. [25] Many fans arriving for the World Cup won’t be staying in hotels — Saransk simply doesn’t have enough — but on campsites or in newly finished apartment blocks which will be sold after the tournament. [13] The vote leaves Morocco reeling from a fifth failure in a World Cup hosting vote, with the continent’s sole tournament coming in 2010 in South Africa. [15] Check out our World Cup TV Schedule page to make sure you know what games are being televised where. [21] Two countries with seven world cup between them, it was never going to be easy for the 66th-ranked team in world football, and they lost both encounters. [17] The North American victory suggests football officials are ready to gather for a World Cup in a country whose government has demonstrated its willingness to jail corrupt sports leaders through undercover investigations. [15] The World Cup is returning to the United States, and this time, Mexico and Canada are along for the wild ride. [24] The only other time multiple countries shared the World Cup was 2002, when Japan and South Korea were given passes into the competition. [24] While Trump has been feuding with Canadian leaders over tariffs and Mexico about his proposed border wall, the political leaders are not heavily involved in the World Cup bid. [15] New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a Trump supporter, is honorary chairman of the United Bid and served as a middleman in gaining White House backing of the World Cup effort. [24] Mexico and the United States have each appeared in seven of the past eight World Cups. [24]

The stadium will host FC Baltika Kaliningrad matches after the World Cup, a team in the Russian second division. [26] Photo above: Saint Petersburg Stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. [27] Moscow: Spartak Stadium (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 45,000). [23] In accordance with the FIFA requirements, during the 2018 World Cup it will be called Spartak Stadium instead of its usual name Otkritie Arena. [23] The Fisht Olympic Stadium is one of Russia’s most interesting projects for the World Cup – it was originally built for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2014 but was an enclosed, indoor arena. [28] The biggest of Russia’s stadiums for the World Cup – and the venue for the final – will sound familiar to Manchester United and Chelsea fans; it hosted the Champions League final those two clubs contested in 2008. [28] MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, a possible host for the final of the 2026 World Cup. [29] Nizhny Novgorod: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 45,000). [23] Kaliningrad: Kaliningrad Stadium (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 35,000). [23] Sochi: Fisht Stadium (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 45,000). [23] Though the capacity of the stadium will top 44,000 for the World Cup, it will be reduced to 28,000 after the tournament to be more in line with the needs of its permanent tenants – though it will still be of significant size for them as a third-division club. [28] Russia’s footballing infrastructure has undergone a massive transformation ahead of the 2018 World Cup, with the country now littered with modern stadiums built or refurbished for the upcoming tournament. [28] This is undoubtedly the weirdest stadium the Russians have built for the World Cup. [28] This stadium (shown above) was built for the World Cup and has consistently run behind schedule. [30] Known as Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg, it was a previously multipurpose venue that had only recently been remodelled but needed another complete overhaul for the World Cup and, afterwards, for use by FC Ural Yekaterinburg. [28] A thousand miles from Moscow, this stadium was redeveloped especially for this summer’s World Cup with massive temporary stands tacked onto both ends of a classic stadium. [30] This is one of the new builds designed specifically for the World Cup and will also become the home stadium of FC Rotor Volgograd. [28] Soccer Stadium Digest covers the business and culture of pro and college soccer, including MLS, NASL, USL Pro and World Cup. [30] All important to the functioning of the World Cup, these stadiums are the workhorses of the tournament-less special, but important to functionality. [30] Moscow: Luzhniki Stadium (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 80,000). [23] A total of 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities have been built and renovated for the FIFA World Cup. [23] This year’s World Cup is being played in Russia, with 12 stadiums in 11 cities hosting matches. [30]

The smallest allowed capacity for a World Cup stadium according to FIFA regulations is 40,000. [31] Club team Rotor Volgograd will occupy a new 45,000-seat World Cup stadium despite averaging home crowds of just 3,800 this season. [32] Various World Cup stadiums will cost 200 million to 400 million rubles ($3.2 million to $6.4 million) a year each in maintenance, regional officials have estimated. [32] Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia’s 12 World Cup stadiums must be financially self-sustaining, following calls from some officials for government subsidies. [32]

“World Cup 2018 stadiums: A guide to the venues of this summer’s tournament”. [23] FIFA, the international governing body of soccer, has awarded North America the 2026 men’s World Cup tournament, and the winning bid calls for 60 of the 80 games – including all matches from the quarterfinals onward – to be played on U.S. soil. [33] Seven of the 17 U.S. cities hosted matches at the U.S.-organized World Cup in 1994, six of the others now have pro teams in Major League Soccer, and two of the rest will have MLS teams by the time the tournament rolls around. [29] If a match goes into extra time, each team will be allowed to make a fourth substitution, the first time this has been allowed in a FIFA World Cup tournament. [23] For the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup, all eligible nations – the 209 FIFA member associations minus automatically qualified hosts Russia – entered the qualifying process. [23] The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia on Thursday in a tournament that takes place in 11 host cities and 12 venues. [27] “We’re thrilled that the United bid has been a success and are so excited about the possibility of the city of Orlando serving as a host city for the 2026 FIFA World Cup,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said. [33] Luzhniki (shown above) will host matches in the group stage, round of 16, a semi-final, and this year’s World Cup final. [30] Now that the United States, Canada and Mexico have won their joint bid to host the 2026 soccer World Cup, a new contest begins. [29] FIFA voted Wednesday to play the 2026 World Cup in North America, with the joint bid from the United States, Mexico and Canada beating out Morocco’s bid, 134 votes to 65 votes. [34] Samara: Samara Arena (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 45,000). [23] Volgograd: Volgograd Arena (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 45,000). [23] Ekaterinburg: Ekaterinburg Arena (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 35,000). [23] Saransk: Mordovia Arena (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 44,000). [23] Rostov-on-Don: Rostov Arena (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 45,000). [23] Kazan: Kazan Arena (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 45,000). [23] After Sochi 2014, the arena was renovated in preparation for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup. [23] The winners of the World Cup will qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup. [23]

Of the 32 teams, 20 will be making back-to-back appearances following the last tournament in 2014, including defending champions Germany, while Iceland and Panama will both be making their first appearances at a FIFA World Cup. [23] On 16 March 2018, the FIFA Council approved the use of video assistant referees (VAR) for the first time in a FIFA World Cup tournament. [23] This is the first World Cup held in Europe since the 2006 tournament in Germany, the first ever to be held in Eastern Europe and the eleventh time that it has been held in Europe. [23] It is the first time three Nordic countries (Denmark, Iceland and Sweden) and four Arab nations (Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia) have qualified for the World Cup. [23] As such, there were eventually four bids for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, two of which were joint bids: England, Russia, Netherlands/Belgium, and Portugal/Spain. [23] A ceremony in Moscow launching the countdown from 1,000 days until the 2018 FIFA Football World Cup begins in Russia. [23] The 2018 FIFA World Cup is the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA. [23] The 2018 FIFA World Cup will engage a total of 17,040 volunteers and more than 18,000 city volunteers in the 11 host cities. [23] The Rostov Arena will be part of a major new development in the city on the banks of the Don River, and will become the home of FC Rostov as well as a World Cup venue. [28] It will hold over 35,000 fans for the World Cup before having its capacity reduced to 25,000 to become the new home of FC Baltika Kaliningrad, who play in the second tier, at the Arena Baltika. [28] Samara Arena – which will be known as Cosmos Arena outside of the World Cup – was completed in 2018 and will become the new home of Kylia Sovetov, who currently play at the Metallurg Stadion. [28] Usually known as the Otkritie Arena, this is, as its World Cup name suggests, the home of Spartak Moscow and was opened in 2014. [28] England’s opening World Cup game will take place at the Volgograd Arena. [26] The elimination of the U.S. national team in qualifying led to concerns that U.S. interest and viewership of this World Cup would be reduced (especially among “casual” viewers interested in the U.S. team), especially noting how much Fox paid for the rights, and that U.S. games at the 2014 World Cup peaked at 16.5 million viewers. [23] “What’s the soccer culture like in that town?” asked Bocanegra, vice president of Atlanta United FC in MLS and a member of the 2006 and 2010 U.S. World Cup teams. [29] A cutoff decision isn’t expected until 2021 and possibly not until after the 2022 World Cup final round in Qatar, U.S. and international soccer authorities said. [29] Estadio Azteca in Mexico City hosted the finals of the 1970 and the 1986 World Cups. [29] Founded in 1221 and bursting with history, this city is perfectly suited to hosting World Cup matches, and will give visiting fans plenty to explore. [26] The World Cup is expected to draw millions of fans to matches over the course of the 2018 tournament. [22]

“Campaigns demand FIFA bans Russia from hosting 2018 World Cup due to anti-gay law”. [23] “US calls for Fifa to drop Russia from hosting World Cup in 2018”. [23] In 2014, FIFA President Sepp Blatter stated that “The World Cup has been given and voted to Russia and we are going forward with our work”. [23] Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and former British Prime Minister David Cameron attended a meeting with FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-joon in which a vote-trading deal for the right to host the 2018 World Cup was discussed. [23] A World Cup host nation’s team automatically qualifies to compete in the competition, but with three countries slated to host in eight years, the automatic qualifying process becomes complicated. [34] Construction of new hotels was a crucial area of infrastructure development in the World Cup host cities. [23] Where will England be playing at the World Cup? Here we guide you through their Group G locations and all the venues at Russia 2018. [26] On 22 May 2018 FIFA confirmed that the investigations concerning all Russian players named for the provisional squad of the FIFA World Cup in Russia had been completed, with the result that insufficient evidence was found to assert an anti-doping rule violation. [23] Russian bid personnel celebrate the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia, December 2010. [23] “Russia 2018: World Cup mascot Zabivaka the wolf unveiled in Moscow”. the Guardian. [23] The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Volunteer Program has set a new record: by 30 December when application period was over, the organisers received about 177,000 applications. [23] Russia responded to the comments from the UK Parliament claiming that “the west are trying to deny Russia the World Cup”. [23] Due to such controversy, the FA refused to accept Eckert’s absolving of Russia from blame, with Greg Dyke calling for a re-examination of the affair and David Bernstein calling for a boycott of the World Cup. [23] “Russia and Qatar may lose World Cups if evidence of bribery is found”. [23] Wednesday’s vote comes one day before the 2018 World Cup kicks off in Russia. [34] It is expected to be the most expensive football championship in history, budgeted at US$11.8-14 billion surpassing the cost of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. [23] As in every World Cup, there is a great variety in stadiums-the very nature of the modern bidding process, and FIFA rules, insure a high standard, but the differing locales provide variety. [30] The grass was installed in August 2017 following a successful testing period in Scotland, while the city has built new training facilities and practice fields which will be used by children and local sports teams after the World Cup. [28] Fans and teams won?t be violating any sanctions by coming to the championship, but the map below shows how inextricably linked the now-sanctioned entities have been to the production of this World Cup. [22] The 2026 competition will be the largest World Cup in history with 48 teams vying for the trophy. [34] The last time Orlando and the U.S. hosted a men’s World Cup was in 1994. [33] Mexico, meanwhile, is one of the biggest soccer countries in the world, and it has already hosted two World Cups. [29] He has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio discussing the Champions League and World Cup, and is a licensed soccer referee. [30] England will face World Cup debutants, Panama, at the new Nizhny Novgorod Arena. [26] Local authorities hope to make it a shopping and dining destination after the World Cup, as it becomes the home of FC Rostov of the Russian Premier League. [30] The banknote celebrates the 2018 FIFA World Cup and features an image of Russian goalkeeping great Lev Yashin. [23] Of the thirty-two nations qualified to play at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, twenty countries competed at the previous edition of the tournament in 2014. [23] Initially, nine countries placed bids for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but Mexico later withdrew from proceedings, and Indonesia’s bid was rejected by FIFA in February 2010 after the Indonesian government failed to submit a letter to support the bid. [23] As part of the program for preparation to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a federal sub-program “Construction and Renovation of Transport Infrastructure” was implemented with a total budget of 352.5 billion rubles, with 170.3 billion coming from the federal budget, 35.1 billion from regional budgets, and 147.1 billion from investors. [23] FIFA, through several companies, sold the broadcasting rights for the 2018 FIFA World Cup to various local broadcasters. [23] The official match ball of the 2018 World Cup is called ” Telstar 18 ” and is based on the name and design of the first Adidas World Cup ball from 1970. [23] Both Iceland and Panama qualified for the first time, with the former becoming the smallest country in terms of population to reach the World Cup. [23] In the United States, the 2018 World Cup will be the first men’s World Cup whose English rights will be held by Fox Sports, and Spanish rights held by Telemundo. [23] The competition is fueled in big part by the mammoth success of the 1994 World Cup in the United States, which was the best attended and one of the most profitable ever. [29] Much of that, according to the sports news website, comes from the well-established economy and corporate structure in the United States, which is already set up to handle all aspects of a massive event like a World Cup. [33] Places in the tournament were allocated to continental confederations, with the allocation unchanged from the 2014 World Cup. [23] Base camps will be used by the 32 national squads to stay and train before and during the World Cup tournament. [23] Allegations of corruption in the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups caused threats from England’s FA to boycott the tournament. [23] It will be reduced to a 25,000-seat venue, and part of the roof will be removed, after the World Cup. [30] The Russian government earmarked a budget of around $20 billion which was later slashed to $10 billion for the preparations of the World Cup, of which half is spent on transport infrastructure. [23] “But, hopefully, we can have the most successful World Cup of all time and it needs all people from all three of our countries,” Reed told reporters Thursday. [29] ESPN says that the bid predicts that bringing the World Cup to North America would produce staggering revenues of $14 billion. [33] Russia’s World Cup Is a Windfall in Spite of U.S. Sanctions You are using an outdated browser. [22] In response to the March 2018 poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that no British ministers or members of the royal family would attend the World Cup, and issued a warning to any travelling England fans. [23]

Old Giants Stadium hosted games in the 1994 World Cup, which was held in the U.S., and now the new place is set to host one of the biggest sporting events in the world in eight years. [35] In 2003, the stadium hosted three Women’s World Cup games, including a 1-0 U.S. quarterfinal win over Norway. [31]

The average number of fans attending each of Brazil’s World Cup matches in 2014 was 53,592, well within the capacity of Arrowhead Stadium, which holds more than 76,000. [36] The head of Russia’s Premier League is not particularly happy with all the new stadiums the hosts have built for the World Cup. [37] Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium landed on the short list to host at least one match in the 2026 World Cup. [36] Stanford Stadium played host to the 1994 World Cup and 1984 Summer Olympics. [38] Russia is believed to have spent at least $4 billion (3.4 billion euros) on stadium construction and refurbishment for the World Cup. [37] “MetLife Stadium and the Meadowlands region are an ideal site for the World Cup. [35] Mexico played Iceland in a World Cup tuneup in March and the Earthquakes will face mighty Manchester United in the stadium July 21. [38] Even if the Revs get a Boston stadium, Gillette remains the World Cup focus. [31] This will be the first Rugby World Cup played in Asia and there will be matches played at 12 stadiums across Japan. [39]

“I’m thrilled that the United Bid, a joint effort by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, has been selected to host the FIFA 2026 World Cup and look forward to the next step in the process in which specific venues from these countries will be selected to host tournament games,” Gov. Phil Murphy said in a release. [35] Several World Cup host cities are struggling with the question of what to do after the World Cup with arenas whose capacity is many times larger than the average attendance for club games. [32] Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports FIFA voted on Wednesday for the 2026 World Cup host, and they decided to accept the joint bid of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. [40] Canada, Mexico and the United States were awarded the 2026 World Cup on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (6/13/18) after a united bid blew past Morocco’s bid in a FIFA vote in Moscow ahead of the start of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. [35] SANTA CLARA The South Bay has a strong chance to play a role in the 2026 World Cup after soccer federations voted Wednesday to award the prestigious tournament to a combined bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico. [38] The Bay Area also will be considered to play host to the World Cup draw a year before the tournament. [38] For the next eight years, MLS teams such as the Earthquakes will have the opportunity to play host to national teams from other countries who will want their squads getting used to playing in America. (The 2022 World Cup is scheduled for Qatar). [38] “We can?t underestimate that it is already built into the Bay Area and rekindling that will go a long way into showcasing how well we can host the World Cup,” she added. [38] The joint North American bid (featuring Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.) was voted the overwhelming choice to host the 2026 World Cup. [31] Patriots and Revs owner Robert Kraft is listed as the honorary chairman of the North American bid, and the Kraft Group launched a nonprofit, Boston 2026, to help advocate for the city (and Gillette Stadium’s) inclusion in the World Cup plans. [31] Kansas City shouldn’t be willing to write a blank check to land a World Cup match, and a bidding war with other cities isn’t a worthwhile endeavor. [36] As much as it is a privilege to host a World Cup match — and a financial boon — leaders should approach this goal with enthusiasm tempered by a bit of caution. [36] A quarter-century ago, U.S. soccer officials used the World Cup to help launch MLS, which has grown to 23 teams with three more expansion clubs already approved. [38] New Jersey has hosted World Cup matches before and we are more than ready to do so again. [35] The Russian government says total World Cup costs are around $11 billion, not including some infrastructure spending. [32] The 2019 Rugby World Cup runs from Friday 20 September to Saturday 2 November, with games played across Japan. [39] There is nothing like having World Cup games in the backyard. [38] Stanford and San Jose State held games during the 1999 Women’s World Cup. [38] Rugby World will bring you all the latest developments in the lead-up to the 2019 World Cup in Japan and at the tournament itself. [39] World Cup organizing committee CEO Alexei Sorokin told The Associated Press in April the government may need to “help stabilize the operating situation” of some venues with federal money, “and there is nothing wrong with that.” [32] To grasp the full weight of what the 2026 World Cup could mean to Kansas City, consider this in the context of our beloved Chiefs. [36] This issue would likely have no effect on the bid to be included among World Cup cities. [31] Pryadkin’s comments marked the most explicit public criticism of Russia’s preparations for its first World Cup to date. [37] Local fans embraced eventual champion Brazil when it stayed in Los Gatos at the 1994 World Cup. [38] While the United States won?t directly be involved in the 2018 World Cup, it will be at the center of the 2026 edition. [31]

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