2018 Russia World Cup Host Cities Review

As we gradually approach the much anticipated highest football competition in Russia, it is noteworthy that there are ongoing preparations currently going on the various cities that tend to host the World cup this year. As the clock is gradually ticking to the final D-Day of the wonderful showpiece, you need to have a clue on the Russia world cup host cities.

From Moscow to St. Petersburg, and down to Kazan, there are about eleven cities hosting the 2018 world cup. All of these host cities provides one stadium with each apart from Moscow that has about two stadiums (Luzhniki and Spartak). All of these cities were selected based on the stadium capacity, facilities, environment, and level of hospitality. This site has prepared for your list of the Russia world cup host cities.

List of Russia World Cup Host Cities 2018

The lists of the Russia world cup host cities and their respective stadium guide has been drafted for you alphabetically below.

KALININGRADKaliningrad Wonderful Design

This city has over 460,000 populations with s rich cultural diversity with varieties of museum and theatres. The environment of this city is quite cool and perfect fit for everyone.

The Kaliningrad stadium is a brand new venue for the world cup. The 35,000 seat stadium is an open-air which has its design depicted from the Bayern’s Allianz Arena stadium.

KAZANKazan Arena Stadium View

Kazan is considered one of the most popular cities in Russia with a population of over 1.3 million people. One thing to bear in mind is that in Kazan, you surely need to expect a high standard of living. But apart from that, the city still remains a perfect fit for tourist visit with many historical buildings.

Kazan Arena, completed in 2013, is a modern Sporting and entertainment venue. The unique arena is about 45,000-seater and is easily recognizable due to its massive HD screen adorning the front of the building. There’s no way Russia will host a competition without including Kazan.

MOSCOWLuzhniki Stadium in Moscow

Considered as the pearl of Russia, Moscow is undoubtedly the largest city not only amongst the Russia world cup host cities but in Russia as a whole. The environment and the people are so cool that it racks up tourists yearly. The summers of Moscow are warm but not too hot, making it perfect for you.

The Spartak Stadium, which is the home ground of Spartak Moscow Football Club is otherwise is one of the popular stadiums in Russia. The 45,000 capacity stadium tends to host about five matches in this year’s world cup. Then the next is the Luzhniki Stadium is the oldest and largest in Russia with over 81,000-capacity. The stadium will host the opening match, the semifinal and the World Cup Final which will take place on July 15th.

NIZHNY NOVGORODPicture of the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Nizhny, as it’s commonly known, is Russia’s fifth largest city with a population of 1.3 million. This city is considered to be one the most influential cities in the country. This is as a result of high level of Business, transport, and cultural activities were seen in the city. Not only that, Nizhny equally boasts of historical and architectural monuments.

Nizhny Novgorod brand new stadium will boast one of the best locations for sporting activities in the city, overlooking the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral where the Volga and Oka Rivers meet. The stadium is a perfect fit with over 44,000 capacity and equally boasts of wonderful facilities.

ROSTOV-ON-DONCentral Part of Rostov-on-Don

Rostov-On-Don is another modern city in Russia with over 1 million population. Rostov has quite some interesting setups like the monuments to a water pipe and the river bank. Other amazing places are the Central Rinok and the Rostov State Opera.

The new Rostov Arena which is the Rostov’s Football Club stadium is amongst the stadiums been included for the 2018 world cup. It has a capacity of 45,000 spectators making it one of the considered venues for the world cup. The stadium’s design is inspired by the ancient mounts of earth and kurgans that can be found in the region.

SAINT PETERSBURGOverview of St Petersburg

The city of St Petersburg is the second largest city in the city behind Moscow. The city is quite entertaining in nature coupled with its flow of music and arts. The perfect view of the city is based on the serene capture of the Baltic Sea. The city equally boasts of other interesting places like the Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace complex for artistic setup.

The stadium in St Petersburg is the home of Zenit St Petersburg and boasts 70,000 capacity. having been completed in April 2017. The stadium has a wonderful design which was spearheaded by Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates. The stadium is the second-largest just a perfect fit for the 2018 world cup in Russia.

SAMARACosmos Arena, Samara.

When you talk about lovely beaches in Russia, then you probably need to consider look up to the Samara city. With over 1.2 million population, the atmosphere here is really amazing. There are other attractive places you need to be in Samara, like the sandy shores of the Volga and other places.

The Samara Arena is also amongst the stadiums hosting this year’s football showpiece. Then construction having been completed in 2017, the stadium is quite amazing filled with architectural marvel. The stadium is about 45,000 capacity and it’s equally designed with an outstanding 80-meter high dome of translucent glass panels.

SARANSKView of the City of Saransk

With just 340, 000 population, Saransk is considered as the smallest city amongst the 2018 Russia world cup host cities. Irrespective of the fact that the city is quite small, it has some interesting historical buildings, theatres, museums, and probably cool parks. Not only that, the city is selected to host the world cup.

With over 45,000 seating capacity, the Saransk Arena is probably one of the stadiums been chosen as a venue for the world cup.

SOCHIAerial Football Stadium Fischt, Sochi.

Sochi is another city that the world cup is been hosted in. The climate of Sochi is a nice one making it able for tourists to feel comfortable. It’s a great place to try your hand at some adventure sports like mountain climbing or hang-gliding but also an idyllic spot to relax and lounge by the pool.

Sochi is another top stadium next Luzhniki and St Petersburg stadiums with a 48,000 capacity. The stadium is set to host about four group games and a

Home to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the 2014 Winter Games, the 48,000 seat Fisht Stadium will host 4 group stage matches, as well as a round of 16 matches and a quarter-final match. The roof of the stadium, which was designed to look like snowy peaks for the Winter Games, has been partially removed to open it up for the World Cup tournament.

VOLGOGRADVolgograd Arena View

Volgograd has plenty to see and do. A visit to the Mamayev Kurgan memorial complex is something you wouldn’t want to miss. The city is also well-known for its eco-tourism and its magnificent Soviet Baroque architecture.

The modern-looking Volgograd stadium is quite a show on its own, with a capacity of 45,000. It has a unique roof which will be held in place with steel cables, similar to the method used in suspension bridges. The stadium is such a top hit in the country.

YEKATERINBURGEkaterinburg City View

Yekaterinburg is Russia’s fourth largest city with a population of about 1.3 million people. The circus building is exactly the kind of shows one would expect upon hearing entering the city. The strangest attraction, however, is the QWERTY Monument, which a giant keyboard replica built out of concrete blocks.

The Yekaterinburg stadium remains impressive nonetheless and is one of only a few existing stadiums that will host World Cup matches in 2018. With an improved 35,000 capacity, renovation on the stadium was properly concluded as of last year, 2017, in preparation for the football tournament.


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