Club: FC Rubin Kazan | Opening: 2013 | Capacity: 45,000 seats
History and description
The Kazan Arena was built to provide Rubin with a modern home, to serve as the principal venue of the 2013 Summer Universiade, and be one of the playing venues of the 2018 World Cup.
Construction of the stadium started in May 2010 and was completed in early 2013. The Kazan Arena first opened for the opening ceremony of the 27th Summer Universiade, and eleven days later also hosted the closing ceremony.
Further improvement works were performed after the Universiade and subsequent pitch problems meant that the first football match wasn’t played until the 26th of May 2014 when Russia and Slovakia squared off in a friendly.
In 2015, the stadium is set to host the FINA World Aquatics Championships, for which the football pitch will be replaced by two swimming pools. The Kazan Arena has furthermore been selected as one of the playing venues of the 2018 World Cup.
The Kazan Arena is located in the north-east of the city of Kazan, on the west bank of the Kazanka river, at about 6 kilometres from central Kazan.
The stadium can be reached with either tram 5 or 6. Tram 5 runs from Passazhirsky main railway station in central Kazan not far from the Kazan Kremlin and Rubin’s Central Stadium. Tram 6 connects the Kazan Arena with destinations in the north of Kazan. Get off at stop Kazan Arena.
Alternatively one can catch trolleybus 7, also from central Kazan, or one of the many local buses that pass the stadium.
In the future, one can reach the stadium by metro once the under-construction metro extension has been completed.
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Eat, drink, and sleep
The Kazan Arena is located in a redeveloped area on the banks of the river Kazanka, which mainly consists of monotonous apartment blocks. While there might be a local restaurant around, eating and drinking is better done in central Kazan. Alternatively, there is the Riviera complex, right after crossing Leninskaya Dam over the Kazanka river, which lies at 20 minutes walking from the Arena Kazan and consists of a water park, cinema, shops, and a number of places to eat and drink.
The Riviera complex also boasts Kazan’s only luxury hotel near the Kazan Arena, the Riviera Hotel. Otherwise, there are a few well-rated hostels such as Urbis Hostel and apartment rentals close by. Of course, there are also plenty of decent hotels in central Kazan to choose from.
The Kazan Arena offers guided stadium tours that includes the VIP areas, media room, stands and conference facilities, and which last approximately 60 minutes.
The tour costs RUB 300.00. Bookings can be made by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +7 (843) 245 34 34.
Relevant Internet links
Kazanarena.com – Official website of the Kazan Arena.
Gokazan.com – The official visitor guide of Kazan.
Kazantransport.ru – Kazan public transport information.
Kazanmetro.ru – Information on the Kazan metro and tram network.