world cup stadiums russia

The 2018 World Cup has officially kicked off. Soccer teams from Saudi Arabia and Russia — the tournament’s host country — play the first match Thursday morning.

In preparation for the games, Russia has devoted more than $2.8 billion toward building and updating 12 massive stadiums across 11 cities. The arenas pay tribute to traditional Russian architecture — characterized by sculptural fixtures — while also nodding to Putin-era building design, which have sharp angles and flamboyant patterns.

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In addition to the $2.8 billion on the 2018 World Cup Stadiums, Russia spent more than $8 billion on infrastructure projects — like repairs and construction on roads, railway stations, and airports — for the games.

Source: Reuters

The Otkrytie Arena in Moscow

When it opened: September 2014

Cost: $430 million

Capacity: 45,360

Details: In 2010, an architectural council rejected the stadium’s design, because the group thought it was too ordinary. The current, revised design was developed by engineering firm AECOM, London-based architects Sport Concepts, and facade designer Dexter Moren Associates.

The Otkrytie Arena in Moscow

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