By Richard Wanjohi
As promised, we at Sportskenya are excited about the World Cup 2018. We started our review of 5 of the Best! Today we look at ‘our’ 5 Best Stadiums hosting the extravaganza. We have based our review on the following;
- Name and Design,
- Sustainability and Accessibility, and finally
Take a look (in descending order starting with the 5th to the 1st)
5. Fisht Stadium – located in Sochi, near Georgia/Kazakh border – most southerly venue of the 2018 World Cup. It is close to the Black Sea and the word Fisht in the local language means ‘white head’ – served as the host stadium for 2014 Winter Olympics.
Unique sloping look designed to resemble snowy peaks with temporary seating at the North and South ends closing the open spaces which offer spectacular views of Polyana Mountains and the Black Sea.
Capacity: 47,459 fans
Sustainability: Previously hosted Winter Olympics and will be venue for
Matches to be hosted: 4 group matches; 2 knock-out games (1 Last 16 and 1 Quarter-final match
- St. Petersburg Stadium – located in St. Petersburg, on Neva River – most northerly venue of the extravaganza. Formerly known as Zenit Arena or Krestovsky Stadium, has the unique design of ‘The Spaceship’ by Japan’s Kisho Kurokawa ( who also designed Toyota Stadium in Japan). It’s equipped with a sliding pitch and retractable roof.
Sustainability: will play host to Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg and 4 matches of Euro 2020.
Matches: 4 group matches; 2 knock-out games ( 1 Last 16 and 1 Semi-Final).
- Kazan Stadium – located in Kazan – capital of Tartastan – confluence of the Volga and Kazanka Rivers.
It’s got a similar look to the new Wembley and Emirates Stadiums in the UK. It has previously hosted the 2017 Confederations Cup, 2013 Summer Universiade and is home to Russian club Rubin Kazan. It also hosted the 2015 World Aquatics championships where the football pitch was replaced by 2 swimming pools.
Sustainability: Being one of the most versatile and multi-sport venues in Russia, it also hosts a local top tier side in football.
Matches: 4 group matches; 2 knock-out games (1 last 16 and 1 Semi-final).
- Spartak Stadium – located in Moscow. Previously known as Otkritie Arena, it plays host to one of Russia’s biggest clubs, Spartak Moscow. It has a fancy exterior design which features hundreds of connected diamonds which will be changed to reflect the colours of the playing nations.
Capacity: 43,298 fans
Sustainability: It’s played host to top tier club Spartak Moscow and continues to be among the
Matches: 4 group matches and 1 knock-out game.
- Luzhniki Stadium – also located in Moscow, it is Russia’s crown jewel among its stadiums. It is the most storied one given the number of events it has hosted including; 2017 Confederations Cup, 1980 Summer Olympic Games, UEFA League matches and 1999 Final to name but a few.
Capacity: 61,009 fans
Sustainability: Though the athlete’s tartan track has been removed for the exclusive use of football matches, it remains one of the most ubiquitous venues.
Matches: 4 group matches, 1 last 16, 1 semi-final and the Final.
Here’s a graphic representation of all 8 stadiums below;