Club: Krylia Sovetov | Capacity: 44,198 seats | Scheduled opening: 2017 | Status: under construction
History and description
The Cosmos Arena, also known as Samara Arena or Samara Stadium, is the currently under construction new home of Krylia Sovetov. The stadium is being built to serve as one of the playing venues of the 2018 World Cup.
First plans for the new stadium were made around 2010, which became concrete when in 2012 the city of Samara got selected as one of the host cities of the World Cup. Works started in the middle of 2014, and are scheduled to be completed in late 2017.
The most characteristic aspect of the Cosmos Arena is its 65.5 metres high dome roof, which is made up out of 32 panels. The arena will boast just under 45,000 seats, which will be divided over two tiers. The project is expected to come at a cost of $370 mln.
The Cosmos Arena was initially planned to be built on the tip of a peninsula where the Samara and Volga rivers meet, however was moved to a site north of the city due to a lack of infrastructure.
During the World Cup, the Cosmos Arena is scheduled to host four first round group matches, one round of 16 match, and one quarter-final. The arena will furthermore become the new home of local side Krylia Sovetov, replacing their current Metallurg Stadium.
How to get to the Cosmos Arena
The Cosmos Arena is located just north of the city of Samara at roughly 15 kilometres from the city centre. It is a similar distance from the railway station, which lies on the eastern edge of the centre.
Currently, the options to reach the Cosmos Arena by public transport are limited due to its location outside of the city. Marshrutka 50 passes just west of the stadium on Demokraticheskaya Street. Catch the bus from Samara railway station or Samarskaya Street in the city centre. Marshrutka 1k runs east of the stadium along Moskovskoye Street, but it’s still a bit of an inconvenient hike to stadium.
Address: Cosmos Samara Stadium, Samara, Samara Oblast, 443072
Eat, drink, and sleep near the Cosmos Arena
The Cosmos Arena is located just outside the city. It is an area under development, but currently a mix of forests, some residential housing, roadside retail, and light industry. Overall, it is an unappealing area with little around save for a shopping mall with some food outlets a 20-minute walk away.
Still, eating and drinking is better done in Samara’s pleasant city centre, in particular on the Volga river embankmant or around Leningradskaya pedestrian street.
Despite its location outside of the city, there are a few hotels at walking distance of the Cosmos Arena. Dubki Hotel is a good option a short walk away, and Elyzium Hotel a more basis alternative. Almira Hotel is a little further away, but still about just at walking distance and it gets excellent reviews.
Click here for an overview of hotels near the Cosmos Samara Arena. However, if you’re looking to spend a little more time in Samara, you’re likely better off finding a hotel in Samara’s city centre. Click here to explore the options.