Club: FC Rotor Volgograd | Capacity: 45,000 | Sched. opening: 2017 | Status: under construction
The Volgograd Arena is a currently under construction new stadium in the city of Volgograd in southern Russia. It is built with the purpose of serving as one of the playing venues of the 2018 World Cup, and will become the new home of Rotor Volgograd after the tournament.
The stadium is built at the site of the former Central Stadium, which used to be Volgograd’s principal stadium. Demolition of the old stadium started in late 2014, and construction of the new arena got going in the spring of 2015. The stadium is expected to be completed in late 2017.
The Volgograd Arena will have a capacity of 45,000 seats divided over two tiers. The cabled roof and meshed exterior are the standout features of the arena. After the World Cup, capacity will be reduced to 35,000 seats.
The Volgograd Arena is located on the banks of the Volga river just north of central Volgograd at roughly 4 kilometres of the city’s main square, the Square of Fallen Fighters, and the main railway station. It is bordering Volgograd’s main park, the Friendship Park, and lies a short distance away from Volgograd’s main attraction: the Motherland Calls statue.
During the World Cup, the Volgograd Arena will host four first round group games.