World Cup 2018 stadiums: Your guide to all 12 Russian venues

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The Russia World Cup will take place across 12 stadia in 11 host cities.

The largest arena is the 81,000-capacity Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which will host the World Cup Final. The smallest, meanwhile, is the Ekaterinburg Arena, which made headlines for its bizarre, vertigo-inducing temporary stand.

England will kick off in Volgograd against Tunisia, and will also play group games in Kaliningrad and Nizhny Novgorod.

Here’s everything you need to know about the venues hosting the biggest football tournament on the planet.

<p>Fisht Stadium, Sochi<br>Year opened: 2014<br>Capacity: 47,659<br>Which games: Three group games, one last 16 match, and a quarter final.<br>Fun fact: Named after Mount Fisht, in the Caucasus mountains </p>
Fisht Stadium

Fisht Stadium, Sochi
Year opened: 2014
Capacity: 47,659
Which games: Three group games, one last 16 match, and a quarter final.
Fun fact: Named after Mount Fisht, in the Caucasus mountains

<p>Fisht Stadium, Sochi<br>Year opened: 2014<br>Capacity: 47,659<br>Which games: Three group games, one last 16 match, and a quarter final.<br>Fun fact: Named after Mount Fisht, in the Caucasus mountains </p>
Mount Fisht

Fisht Stadium, Sochi
Year opened: 2014
Capacity: 47,659
Which games: Three group games, one last 16 match, and a quarter final.
Fun fact: Named after Mount Fisht, in the Caucasus mountains

<p>Volgograd Arena, Volgograd<br>Year opened: 2018<br>Capacity: 45,568<br>Which games: England’s opener again Tunisia, three other group fixtures<br>Fun fact: Will be the home of Rotor Volgograd, a second tier Russian side who knocked Manchester United out of the UEFA Cup in 1995. </p>
Volgograd Arena

Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
Year opened: 2018
Capacity: 45,568
Which games: England’s opener again Tunisia, three other group fixtures
Fun fact: Will be the home of Rotor Volgograd, a second tier Russian side who knocked Manchester United out of the UEFA Cup in 1995.

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<p>Volgograd Arena, Volgograd<br>Year opened: 2018<br>Capacity: 45,568<br>Which games: England’s opener again Tunisia, three other group fixtures<br>Fun fact: Will be the home of Rotor Volgograd, a second tier Russian side who knocked Manchester United out of the UEFA Cup in 1995. </p>
Volgograd Arena

Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
Year opened: 2018
Capacity: 45,568
Which games: England’s opener again Tunisia, three other group fixtures
Fun fact: Will be the home of Rotor Volgograd, a second tier Russian side who knocked Manchester United out of the UEFA Cup in 1995.

<p>Mordovia Arena, Saransk<br>Year opened: 2017<br>Capacity: 44,412<br>Which games: Four group fixtures<br>Fun fact: Will be home to third division Mordovia Saransk after the tournament, with its capacity reduced to 25,000. </p>
Mordovia Arena

Mordovia Arena, Saransk
Year opened: 2017
Capacity: 44,412
Which games: Four group fixtures
Fun fact: Will be home to third division Mordovia Saransk after the tournament, with its capacity reduced to 25,000.

<p>Mordovia Arena, Saransk<br>Year opened: 2017<br>Capacity: 44,412<br>Which games: Four group fixtures<br>Fun fact: Will be home to third division Mordovia Saransk after the tournament, with its capacity reduced to 25,000. </p>
Mordovia Arena

Mordovia Arena, Saransk
Year opened: 2017
Capacity: 44,412
Which games: Four group fixtures
Fun fact: Will be home to third division Mordovia Saransk after the tournament, with its capacity reduced to 25,000.

<p>Samara Arena, Samara<br>Year opened: 2018<br>Capacity: 44,918<br>Which games: Five group games, one last 16 tie, one quarter final<br>Fun fact: One of the closest Russian stadiums to the Kazakhstan border. </p>
Samara Arena

Samara Arena, Samara
Year opened: 2018
Capacity: 44,918
Which games: Five group games, one last 16 tie, one quarter final
Fun fact: One of the closest Russian stadiums to the Kazakhstan border.

<p>Samara Arena, Samara<br>Year opened: 2018<br>Capacity: 44,918<br>Which games: Five group games, one last 16 tie, one quarter final<br>Fun fact: One of the closest Russian stadiums to the Kazakhstan border. </p>
Samara Arena

Samara Arena, Samara
Year opened: 2018
Capacity: 44,918
Which games: Five group games, one last 16 tie, one quarter final
Fun fact: One of the closest Russian stadiums to the Kazakhstan border.

<p>Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don<br>Year opened: 2018<br>Capacity: 45,000<br>Which games: Four group games, one last 16 tie.<br>Fun fact: Regarded as one of Russia’s most dangerous regions – crime there rose 21.5 per cent in 2015. </p>
Rostov Arena

Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
Year opened: 2018
Capacity: 45,000
Which games: Four group games, one last 16 tie.
Fun fact: Regarded as one of Russia’s most dangerous regions – crime there rose 21.5 per cent in 2015.

<p>Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don<br>Year opened: 2018<br>Capacity: 45,000<br>Which games: Four group games, one last 16 tie.<br>Fun fact: Regarded as one of Russia’s most dangerous regions – crime there rose 21.5 per cent in 2015. </p>
Rostov Arena

Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
Year opened: 2018
Capacity: 45,000
Which games: Four group games, one last 16 tie.
Fun fact: Regarded as one of Russia’s most dangerous regions – crime there rose 21.5 per cent in 2015.

<p>Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad<br>Year opened: 2018<br>Capacity: 35,212<br>Which games: Four group games<br>Fun fact: Situated in an enclave between Poland and Lithuania, it’s the only stadium separate to mainland Russia. </p>
Kaliningrad Stadium

Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
Year opened: 2018
Capacity: 35,212
Which games: Four group games
Fun fact: Situated in an enclave between Poland and Lithuania, it’s the only stadium separate to mainland Russia.

<p>Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad<br>Year opened: 2018<br>Capacity: 35,212<br>Which games: Four group games<br>Fun fact: Situated in an enclave between Poland and Lithuania, it’s the only stadium separate to mainland Russia. </p>
Kaliningrad Stadium

Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
Year opened: 2018
Capacity: 35,212
Which games: Four group games
Fun fact: Situated in an enclave between Poland and Lithuania, it’s the only stadium separate to mainland Russia.

<p>Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg<br>Year opened: 1957 (Renovated in 2014)<br>Capacity: 35,000<br>Which games: Four group games<br>Fun fact: The most easterly World Cup stadium. Also features a ‘distinctive’ temporary stand behind one goal which is outside the main stadium building. </p>
Ekaterinburg Arena

Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg
Year opened: 1957 (Renovated in 2014)
Capacity: 35,000
Which games: Four group games
Fun fact: The most easterly World Cup stadium. Also features a ‘distinctive’ temporary stand behind one goal which is outside the main stadium building.

<p>Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg<br>Year opened: 1957 (Renovated in 2014)<br>Capacity: 35,000<br>Which games: Four group games<br>Fun fact: The most easterly World Cup stadium. Also features a ‘distinctive’ temporary stand behind one goal which is outside the main stadium building. </p>
Ekaterinburg Arena

Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg
Year opened: 1957 (Renovated in 2014)
Capacity: 35,000
Which games: Four group games
Fun fact: The most easterly World Cup stadium. Also features a ‘distinctive’ temporary stand behind one goal which is outside the main stadium building.

<p>Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow<br>Year opened: 2017 (Rebuilt original stadium)<br>Capacity: 81,000<br>Which games: Four group games, one last 16 tie, one semi-final, final.<br>Fun fact: Former stadium hosted the 198 0Olympics and 2008 Champions League final. </p>
Luzhniki Stadium

Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Year opened: 2017 (Rebuilt original stadium)
Capacity: 81,000
Which games: Four group games, one last 16 tie, one semi-final, final.
Fun fact: Former stadium hosted the 198 0Olympics and 2008 Champions League final.

<p>Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow<br>Year opened: 2017 (Rebuilt original stadium)<br>Capacity: 81,000<br>Which games: Four group games, one last 16 tie, one semi-final, final.<br>Fun fact: Former stadium hosted the 198 0Olympics and 2008 Champions League final. </p>
Luzhniki Stadium

Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Year opened: 2017 (Rebuilt original stadium)
Capacity: 81,000
Which games: Four group games, one last 16 tie, one semi-final, final.
Fun fact: Former stadium hosted the 198 0Olympics and 2008 Champions League final.

<p>Spartak Stadium, Moscow<br>Year opened: 2014<br>Capacity: 45,360<br>Which games: Four group games, one last 16 tie<br>Fun fact: Exterior features thousands of diamonds, which can change colour depending on which team is playing. </p>
Spartak Stadium

Spartak Stadium, Moscow
Year opened: 2014
Capacity: 45,360
Which games: Four group games, one last 16 tie
Fun fact: Exterior features thousands of diamonds, which can change colour depending on which team is playing.

<p>Spartak Stadium, Moscow<br>Year opened: 2014<br>Capacity: 45,360<br>Which games: Four group games, one last 16 tie<br>Fun fact: Exterior features thousands of diamonds, which can change colour depending on which team is playing. </p>
Spartak Stadium

Spartak Stadium, Moscow
Year opened: 2014
Capacity: 45,360
Which games: Four group games, one last 16 tie
Fun fact: Exterior features thousands of diamonds, which can change colour depending on which team is playing.

<p>Kazan Arena, Kazan<br>Year opened: 2013<br>Capacity: 45,379<br>Which games: Four group games, one last 16 tie, one quarter final<br>Fun fact: The stadium’s exterior features the largest outdoor video screen in Europe. </p>
Kazan Arena

Kazan Arena, Kazan
Year opened: 2013
Capacity: 45,379
Which games: Four group games, one last 16 tie, one quarter final
Fun fact: The stadium’s exterior features the largest outdoor video screen in Europe.

<p>Kazan Arena, Kazan<br>Year opened: 2013<br>Capacity: 45,379<br>Which games: Four group games, one last 16 tie, one quarter final<br>Fun fact: The stadium’s exterior features the largest outdoor video screen in Europe. </p>
Kazan Arena

Kazan Arena, Kazan
Year opened: 2013
Capacity: 45,379
Which games: Four group games, one last 16 tie, one quarter final
Fun fact: The stadium’s exterior features the largest outdoor video screen in Europe.

<p>Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg<br>Year opened: 2017<br>Capacity: 64,287<br>Which games: Four group games, last 16 tie, semi-final, third place playoff<br>Fun fact: Repoertedly the most expensive stadium in the world, at a whopping £1.14bn to build. </p>
Krestovsky Stadium

Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Year opened: 2017
Capacity: 64,287
Which games: Four group games, last 16 tie, semi-final, third place playoff
Fun fact: Repoertedly the most expensive stadium in the world, at a whopping £1.14bn to build.

<p>Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg<br>Year opened: 2017<br>Capacity: 64,287<br>Which games: Four group games, last 16 tie, semi-final, third place playoff<br>Fun fact: Repoertedly the most expensive stadium in the world, at a whopping £1.14bn to build. </p>
Krestovsky Stadium

Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Year opened: 2017
Capacity: 64,287
Which games: Four group games, last 16 tie, semi-final, third place playoff
Fun fact: Repoertedly the most expensive stadium in the world, at a whopping £1.14bn to build.

<p>Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod<br>Year opened: 2018<br>Capacity: 44,899<br>Which games: Four group games (including England v Panama), one last 16 tie, one quarter final<br>Fun fact: Stadium’s design is said to have been inspired by the region’s natural aspects, wind and water. </p>
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Year opened: 2018
Capacity: 44,899
Which games: Four group games (including England v Panama), one last 16 tie, one quarter final
Fun fact: Stadium’s design is said to have been inspired by the region’s natural aspects, wind and water.

<p>Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod<br>Year opened: 2018<br>Capacity: 44,899<br>Which games: Four group games (including England v Panama), one last 16 tie, one quarter final<br>Fun fact: Stadium’s design is said to have been inspired by the region’s natural aspects, wind and water. </p>
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Year opened: 2018
Capacity: 44,899
Which games: Four group games (including England v Panama), one last 16 tie, one quarter final
Fun fact: Stadium’s design is said to have been inspired by the region’s natural aspects, wind and water.

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