Clubs: CSKA Moscow and Dynamo Moscow | Opening: 2008 | Capacity: 18,636 seats
History and description
The Arena Khimki was built to provide FC Khimki with a new home in place of their old stadium that stood at the same site.
Construction works started in 2005, and plans got more ambitious while the works developed. The Arena Khimki officially opened on the 20th of September 2008 with a match between FC Khimki and FC Saturn.
Soon after, Dynamo Moscow started renting the arena as it offered better facilities than their dilapidated home ground.
In 2010, CSKA Moscow also decided to play most of their home matches at the Arena Khimki while their planned new stadium is under construction. Dynamo had in the meantime presented plans to build a new stadium of their own.
FC Khimki’s fortunes however dwindled, and they now play most of their home games at a smaller local ground.
The Arena Khimki has hosted one Russian Cup final: in 2009 CSKA Moscow beat Rubin Kazan 1-0.
The Arena Khimki is located in the city of Khimki, which is located on the north-western edge of Moscow on the MKAD Ring Road at just under 20 kilometres from central Moscow.
The stadium can be reached by taking metro line 2 to station Rechnoy Vokzal (Речной вокзал), which is the last on the line. Line 2 can be boarded at several stops in central Moscow. From Rechnoy Station take bus 345 to stop Arena Khimki.
Alternatively, one can catch a train from Москва Ленинградская station, which lies right next to Комсомольская metro station (north-east of central Moscow). Take a train to Химки (Khimki), from where it is a 10-minute walk to the stadium.
Address: Московская область, Химки, улица Кирова 24
Eat, drink, and sleep
The Arena Khimki is located in a quiet and leafy residential area with little around in terms of eating and drinking, which is better done in central Moscow. If you are in need of a quick bite, it is best to try your luck around Khimki rail station.
There are neither any hotels near the Arena Khimki. If you do wish to stay reasonable close, then Okhotnik Hotel near metro station Водный Cтадион and Iris Congress Hotel are decent option. Soyuz Hotel is located closest to the arena, but inconveniently separated from it by the river and the ring road.
Tickets for CSKA matches can be bought online, at the CSKA club office at Ленинградский проспект д.39 in the north-west of Moscow, or at the box office at the Arena Khimki.
Tickets are often also available on the gate on the day of the match. CSKA only occasionally sell out a high-profile match.
Tickets for Dynamo matches can be bought online, at the club office at Ленинградский пр-т 36 near their old Dynamo Stadium (metro Dynamo),or at the box office at the Arena Khimki. Tickets can usually also be bought at the box office on the day of the match. Dynamo rarely sell out.
Expect to pay RUB 300.00 for the cheapest seats behind the goal, ranging up to RUB 500.00 for a central seat at the main stand and double or triple that for a VIP seat. Tickets for high-profile matches can be more expensive.
Relevant Internet links
Pfc-cska.com – Official website of CSKA Moscow.
Dynamo.ru – Official website of Dynamo Moscow.
Arena-khimki.ru – Official website of the Arena Khimki.
Moscow.ru – Moscow international portal.
Mosmetro.ru – Official site of the Moscow metro.