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World Cup 2018 Venues – Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

World Cup 2018 Venues – Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
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The recently opened Nizhny Novgorod Stadium is another brand new venue built especially for the World Cup.

It is located on the west bank of the Volga river, near a spot locals know as Strelka, which associates with the place of merger between both large rivers Volga and Oka. The stadium also overlooks Nizhny Novgorod’s Kremlin, a 16th century fortress that is the symbol of the city. The construction went on relatively smoothly and the overall cost didn’t surpass the estimation by much. Around €250 million were used to bring this 45.000 seats stadium to the world. The roof and the wave-shaped stands are colored white, blue and azure as a representation of the Volga river, the water and the color of the sky, the three features most commonly associated with Nizhny Novgorod. The outside white tiles also illuminate at night, while my general observation is that the stadium is reminiscent of a colosseum. See for yourself.

It will host a total of six matches from June to July.

Sweden – Korea Rep. (18 June)
Argentina – Croatia (21 June)
England – Panama (24 June)
Switzerland – Costa Rica (27 June)

Round of 16: Group D winner – Group C runner-up (1 July)
Quarter-final (6 July)

Argentina is the favorite to win Group D, so the citizens of this 1.2 million city could have the pleasure of watching La Pulga not once, but twice.

FC Olympiyets is the club that will call Nizhny Novgorod Stadium its home. It currently plays in Russia’s second division, but the hope is that the stadium will serve as a lever that will push this team towards higher aspirations. A venue like this one deserves first-class football. With its breathtaking view and unique location, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium should become a tourist attraction and a true landmark of Nizhny Novgorod – one of a hundred world cities included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

During the 19th century, it became one of Russia’s main trade and commerce centers. The influx of money helped turn Nizhny Novgorod into a reputable municipality then and into a traditional city now. Once upon a time, famous annual trade fairs attracted the country’s merchants. That tradition remains to this day, as expo centers can be found around the city, as well as near the World Cup stadium. A metro station was built specifically for connectivity purposes, since the plan is to turn the amphitheater into a multi-functional venue after this summer’s main event.