A look at Russia’s proposed World Cup 2018 stadiums

This’ll be the 45,000 seater stadium greeting visitors to Kazan


The nation has spent so much time crying its eyes out over FIFA‘s recent World Cup 2018 hosting vote, The Spoiler would bet 90% of fans don’t even know what sort of fancy new stadiums the Russians are planning to build for the tournament.

Well, dodgy or not, the votes have been cast and there’s nothing we can do about it. So lets show a bit of the famous stiff upper lip that allows us to stoically ignore things like people sneezing in our faces on the train, forget about it and move on, eh?

A few of Russia’s proposed constructions after the jump.

P.S. No, none of them are as good as the Qatar ones. Rostov-on-Don looks quite nice, though.

Below is the Spartak Stadium, which hopes to have a capacity of around 47,000. It’ll be the place Spartak Moscow calls home, if it ever gets built. Construction is three years behind schedule.


This is the Stadium Nizhny Novgorod. They’ve yet to start work on it, but if it’s even a third as pretty as it looks in the picture, we’re in for a visual treat. Plus defenders will be able to hoof balls into the surrounding Volga river.


Judging by both the name of the ground, ‘Moscow Region‘, and the hazy, sort-of-looks-good-but-might-be-awful image, this stadium was probably conceived 10 minutes before the bid submission deadline.


Here’s the Rostov-on-Don stadium we mentioned earlier, capacity around 43,000. A lot of these stadiums look very nice and light and airy, but conversely could be a windy nightmare if it’s quite chilly over there. How warm does central Russia actually get in June/July? Answers on a postcard.


Sochi Stadium, which will hold about 48,000. The stadium itself is beautiful, but the surrounding area looks like it exists only to confuse and disorientate everyone with strange optical illusions.


You can see the rest over here. Anyone have any particular favourites?

7 responses so far
  • Soccer Mom // December 9, 2010 at 8:23 am

    I think Russia will put up a rollicking good show and the stadiums will be impressive… surely they don’t want to be the poorer cousin of China Olympics or South Africa World Cup.

  • James // December 9, 2010 at 8:59 am

    CL final was great, except it was a little slippery at the end. Hey, Roman is gonna pay for all this yet Stamford Bridge is going to continue being small and a little bit crappy?

  • Ed // December 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Rostov-on-don looks like a giant question mark. Did the riddler design it?

  • Richard Gilzene // December 9, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Well spotted, Ed. Maybe the designers have put hidden messages into the renderings as a final ‘eff-you’ to rest of Europe. Or it could be part of the extended ‘FIFA conspiracy’

    I’m adamant if you stare at the last one long enough you’ll see _something_, anyway

  • V // December 9, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    I’m surprised. More than with the stadiums themselves but rather with the green areas around them. Guess we’ll see if that’s how it will really look like…

  • Fat Nakago // December 10, 2010 at 5:02 am

    The stadium in Samara looks like a giant bed-pan. A good place to drop a load of shite.

    The stadium in Volgograd according to BOTH my wife and me, looks like a clown’s collar. Bozo the fackin’ clown!!

  • Coolface // December 10, 2010 at 7:11 am

    The buildings surrounding the Spartak stadium are translucent!

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