Top 5 FIFA World Cup Stadiums: Russia 2018 | The B1M

FIFA World Cup’s, like the Olympic Games, encourage
a great deal of development in their host countries with numerous stadiums and support
infrastructure being built ahead of the events. Russia’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup in
the summer of 2018 is no different. As with the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia
is investing heavily in the World Cup, spending an estimated USD $10BN building new stadiums
and refurbishing existing facilities. The 2018 FIFA World Cup will see 65 matches
hosted across 11 cities in 12 of the most modern stadiums in the world. In total, seven new venues have been custom
built for the World Cup, while three further stadiums are less than five years old and
the remaining two have had serious upgrades to make them fit to host World Cup games. The massive construction programme means that
this FIFA tournament will be played in the most modern selection of stadiums so far.
Here we countdown the best of these venues. We kick off in Russia’s second city, Saint
Petersburg, with the 68,000-seater “Krestovsky Stadium” Set to host both a semi-final and the third
place playoff, along with group games and a round of 16 match, the new stadium has been
designed to look mimic a spaceship. A modified and enlarged version of the Toyota
Stadium in Japan, the venue has unfortunately been beset by problems and is now
delayed and over budget. Reportedly costing USD $1.7BN, the stadium
will not only be the most expensive to host games at the 2018 World Cup, but also the
most expensive soccer stadium ever built. Heading from the north to the far south of
the country, we arrive at the “Fisht Stadium” in Sochi. Built to host both the opening and closing
ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics, the venue will become only the second stadium
in history to host both the Winter Olympics and the FIFA World Cup – the first being the
Olympic Stadium in Turin. The USD $779M Fabergé egg-inspired stadium
is named after the nearby Fisht Mountain. Originally built as an enclosed facility,
the 40,000-seat venue was re-opened in 2016 as an open-air football stadium and will host
a quarter final, round of 16 match and four group games. At number three on our list is arguably the best-looking stadium of the tournament, the “Cosmos Arena” in Samara. Named Cosmos as the city is the centre of
Russia’s space industry, the USD $370M stadium, will host six games at the World Cup including
one of the Russian team’s matches. The most interesting feature of the new 45,000
seater venue is its distinctive 65.5 metre high dome roof, which gives the stadium the
look of an asteroid crater (apparently). Up next is Russia’s largest stadium. With
an incredible capacity of 81,000, the Moscow venue will host seven games
at 2018’s FIFA World Cup, including both a semi- final and the all-important final. Built between 1955 and 1956, and originally
called the Central Lenin Stadium, the venue was the centrepiece of the 1980 Olympics. The ground was renovated in 1996, and has
been extensively rebuilt in preparation for the 2018 World Cup. This latest USD $420M
refurbishment has seen the athletics track removed, stands rebuilt closer to the pitch,
and the overall capacity increased. The result is a truly modern stadium that
stands within the facades of its historic predecessor. Topping our list is a truly innovative piece
of design that will see spectators seated outside a stadium for the first time at a
World Cup. In a similar manner to the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow,
this is a modern arena built within an existing protected façade. However, as this venue did not have the required
minimum capacity to host FIFA World Cup Games, a novel solution was required. To increase the capacity to 45,000 – and
in a move reminiscent of the temporary expansion of London’s Aquatic Centre during the 2012
Olympics – two temporary stands have been built outside the stadium behind the goals
at each end of the pitch. After the tournament, the stands will be removed and the stadium
will become the home of FC Ural. If we’ve scored with this video and you’d
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53 thoughts on “Top 5 FIFA World Cup Stadiums: Russia 2018 | The B1M

  1. I enjoy the videos. But you mentioned St Petersburg as Russias second city or you meant second largest city? and we can hear you speak about the cheezy ending, lol was this on purpose??

  2. As living in Saint-Petersburg, I have to say that Krestovsky Stadium is a terrible thing. So much money was spend just for one shitty building instead of improving city. Actually we are calling it The Monument of Corruption. Not a joke.

  3. Do you think the Ekaterinburg Stadium was a mistake? They must've known the required capacity before building began.

  4. Hope these stadiums actually make it for the World Cup. Wouldn't be surprised if one or two stadiums aren't even finished in time. lol.

  5. Have you seen this. This video mentions about Polish and Russian football fans clash in Warsaw. Besides it's gonna be unofficial football song for Russia World Cup 2018!
    New extraordinary Stadium Anthem – Football World Cup Russia 2018 (contains violent scenes)

  6. Ekaterinburg stadium is the ugliest soccer stadium in the world. Krestovsky is the monument of corruption. But Luzhniki is great!

  7. Мой любимый город Самара и наш замечательный стадион Самара Арена 😍😍😍

  8. The Ekaterinburg arena is probably the worst arena in the world cup. Maybe even in all time. The rest looks good tho

  9. We have in Russia, many poor people who do not have anything. Putin raises taxes and retirement age. Build stadiums unnecessary for our country. We are poor people in a rich country. Putin gives all the money to his friends.

  10. At 3:20 you're speaking about the Luzhniki stadium, though on the Photo is Krestovky Stadium in St. Petersburg. It the middle on the red stripe you can see "Confederations Cup" and to the left of it "Saint Petesburg"

  11. How bout Wembley? Building cost just shy of 1.4 billion in today’s dollars. And let’s get this right yeh – there isn’t a retractable roof to cover the playing field. A Pakistani American called Shahid Khan tables a $600 million bid. If approved, NFL football will be the most frequent attraction of Wembley. Now, if you agree with me that American football is nothing but rugby for cowards and pom-pom girls, how is THIS any better for ordinary English folks?

  12. That World Cup was amazing, too bad the next one is in Qatar. Move World Cup 2022 to Mexico and cancel the United bid in 2026, and give the 2026 games to USA, so it's in close proximity.

  13. What a massive waste of money for a "game" that's full of pansies and little girls. Watch you don't trip on your shoelace and end up in the hospital.

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