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It’s almost time for the greatest show on earth again!

The 2018 World Cup will kick-off in a month’s time at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, with hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia on Thursday 14th June.


World Cup Russia 2018: The stadia
Lets take a quick look at the tournament stats, the groups and the twelve world cup venues across the eleven host cities.

Tournament Stats

Teams Competing 32
Groups 8 x 4 Teams
Total Matches 64
Opening Match Russia v Saudi Arabia
Thursday 14th June 2018
18:00 Kick-Off
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Final Sunday 15th July 2018
18:00 Kick-Off
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Eight Groups and Eleven Host Cities

World Cup Russia 2018: The Groups
World Cup Russia 2018 Venues Map

Venue Stats

Host Cities 11
Tournament Venues 12
Largest Stadium Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow (78,011)
Smallest Stadium Ekaterinburg Arena (33,061)
Total Venue Capacity 555,022
Average Capacity 46,252
Average Matches/Venue 5.33

Ekaterinburg Arena

Tournament Capacity 33,061
Stadium Opened 1957 (Redeveloped for 2018)
Construction Costs $215m USD
Tournament Matches Hosted (4) June 15: Egypt v Uruguay (Group A)
June 21: France v Peru (Group C)
June 24: Japan v Senegal (Group H)
June 27: Mexico v Sweden (Group F)
Stadium Home Team FC Ural Yekaterinburg
Alternative Stadium Name Central Stadium of Yekaterinburg

Russia 2018: Ekaterinburg Arena Exterior

Ekaterinburg Arena Exterior


Russia 2018: Inside Ekaterinburg Arena

Inside Ekaterinburg Arena

Fisht Stadium, Sochi

Tournament Capacity 44,287
Stadium Opened 2013 (Redeveloped for 2018)
Construction Costs $519m USD
Tournament Matches Hosted (6) June 15: Portugal v Spain (Group B)
June 18: Belgium v Panama (Group G)
June 23: Germany v Sweden (Group F)
June 26: Australia v Peru (Group C)
June 30: Round of 16 (A1 v B2) Match 49
July 7: Quarter-Final (W51 v W52) Match 59
Stadium Home Team PFC Sochi and Russia
Alternative Stadium Name Fisht Olympic Stadium

Russia 2018: Fisht Stadium, Sochi Exterior

Fisht Stadium, Sochi Exterior


Russia 2018: Inside Fisht Stadium, Sochi

Inside Fisht Stadium, Sochi

Kaliningrad Stadium

Tournament Capacity 33,973
Stadium Opened 2018
Construction Costs $300m USD
Tournament Matches Hosted (4) June 16: Croatia v Nigeria (Group D)
June 22: Serbia v Switzerland (Group E)
June 25: Spain v Morocco (Group B)
June 28: England v Belgium (Group G)
Stadium Home Team FC Baltika Kaliningrad and Russia
Alternative Stadium Name None

Russia 2018: Kaliningrad Stadium Exterior

Kaliningrad Stadium Exterior


Russia 2018: Inside Kaliningrad Stadium

Inside Kaliningrad Stadium

Kazan Arena

Tournament Capacity 42,873
Stadium Opened 2013
Construction Costs $439.7m USD
Tournament Matches Hosted (6) June 16: France v Australia (Group C)
June 20: Iran v Spain (Group B)
June 24: Poland v Colombia (Group H)
June 27: South Korea v Germany (Group F)
June 30: Round of 16 (C1 v D2) Match 50
July 6: Quarter-Final (W53 v W54) Match 58
Stadium Home Team FC Rubin Kazan and Russia
Alternative Stadium Name None

Russia 2018: Kazan Arena Exterior

Kazan Arena Exterior


Russia 2018: Inside Kazan Arena

Inside Kazan Arena

Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Tournament Capacity 78,011
Stadium Opened 1956 (Redeveloped 2017)
Construction Costs $400m USD
Tournament Matches Hosted (7) June 14: Russia v Saudi Arabia (Group A)
June 17: Germany v Mexico (Group F)
June 20: Portugal v Morocco (Group B)
June 26: Denmark v France (Group C)
July 1: Round of 16 (B1 v A2) Match 51
July 11: Semi-Final (W59 v W60) Match 62
July 15: Final (W61 v W62) Match 64
Stadium Home Team CSKA Moscow and Russia
Alternative Stadium Name None

Russia 2018: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow Exterior

Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow Exterior


Russia 2018: Inside Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Inside Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Mordovia Arena, Saransk

Tournament Capacity 41,685
Stadium Opened 2018
Construction Costs $300m USD
Tournament Matches Hosted (4) June 16: Peru v Denmark (Group C)
June 19: Colombia v Japan (Group H)
June 25: Iran v Portugal (Group B)
June 28: Panama v Tunisia (Group G)
Stadium Home Team FC Mordovia Saransk
Alternative Stadium Name None

Russia 2018: Mordovia Arena, Saransk Exterior

Mordovia Arena, Saransk Exterior


Russia 2018: Inside Mordovia Arena, Saransk

Inside Mordovia Arena, Saransk

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Tournament Capacity 43,319
Stadium Opened 2018
Construction Costs $290m USD
Tournament Matches Hosted (6) June 18: Sweden v South Korea (Group F)
June 21: Argentina v Croatia (Group D)
June 24: England v Panama (Group G)
June 27: Switzerland v Costa Rica (Group E)
July 1: Round of 16 (D1 v C2) Match 52
July 6: Quarter-Final (W49 v W50) Match 57
Stadium Home Team FC Nizhny Novgorod
Alternative Stadium Name None

Russia 2018: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium Exterior

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium Exterior


Russia 2018: Inside Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Inside Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don

Tournament Capacity 43,472
Stadium Opened 2018
Construction Costs $330m USD
Tournament Matches Hosted (5) June 17: Brazil v Switzerland (Group E)
June 20: Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (Group A)
June 23: South Korea v Mexico (Group F)
June 26: Iceland v Croatia (Group D)
July 2: Round of 16 (G1 v H2) Match 54
Stadium Home Team FC Rostov and Russia
Alternative Stadium Name None

Russia 2018: Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don Exterior

Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don Exterior


Russia 2018: Inside Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don

Inside Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don

Saint Petersburg Stadium

Tournament Capacity 64,468
Stadium Opened 2017
Construction Costs $1.5bn USD
Tournament Matches Hosted (7) June 15: Morocco v Iran (Group B)
June 19: Russia v Egypt (Group A)
June 22: Brazil v Costa Rica (Group E)
June 26: Nigeria v Argentina (Group D)
July 3: Round of 16 (F1 v E2) Match 55
July 10: Semi-Final (W57 v W58) Match 61
July 14: Third Place (L61 v L62) Match 63
Stadium Home Team Zenit Saint Petersburg and Russia
Alternative Stadium Name Krestovsky Stadium

Russia 2018: Saint Petersburg Stadium Exterior

Saint Petersburg Stadium Exterior


Russia 2018: Inside Saint Petersburg Stadium

Inside Saint Petersburg Stadium

Samara Arena

Tournament Capacity 41,970
Stadium Opened 2018
Construction Costs $320m USD
Tournament Matches Hosted (6) June 17: Costa Rica v Serbia (Group E)
June 21: Denmark v Australia (Group C)
June 25: Uruguay v Russia (Group A)
June 28: Senegal v Colombia (Group H)
July 2: Round of 16 (E1 v F2) Match 53
July 7: Quarter-Final (W55 v W56) Match 60
Stadium Home Team PFC Krylia Sovetov Samara
Alternative Stadium Name Cosmos Arena

Russia 2018: Samara Arena Exterior

Samara Arena Exterior


Russia 2018: Inside Samara Arena

Inside Samara Arena

Spartak Stadium, Moscow

Tournament Capacity 44,190
Stadium Opened 2014
Construction Costs $430m USD
Tournament Matches Hosted (5) June 16: Argentina v Iceland (Group D)
June 19: Poland v Senegal (Group H)
June 23: Belgium v Tunisia (Group G)
June 27: Serbia v Brazil (Group E)
July 3: Round of 16 (H1 v G2) Match 56
Stadium Home Team Spartak Moscow and Russia
Alternative Stadium Name Otkritie Arena

Russia 2018: Spartak Stadium, Moscow Exterior

Spartak Stadium, Moscow Exterior


Russia 2018: Inside Spartak Stadium, Moscow

Inside Spartak Stadium, Moscow

Volgograd Arena

Tournament Capacity 43,713
Stadium Opened 2018
Construction Costs $280m USD
Tournament Matches Hosted (4) June 18: Tunisia v England (Group G)
June 22: Nigeria v Iceland (Group D)
June 25: Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Group A)
June 28: Japan v Poland (Group H)
Stadium Home Team FC Rotor Volgograd
Alternative Stadium Name None

Russia 2018: Volgograd Arena Exterior

Volgograd Arena Exterior


Russia 2018: Inside Volgograd Arena

Inside Volgograd Arena


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