FIFA World Cup 2018 Stadiums: List of Venues with Schedules
The 2018 World Cup will be one of the biggest and most anticipated events of the year with a viewership that is expected to cross over a billion. Be it across stadiums, television, internet and social media, the World Cup in Russia will feature 32 teams from six different continents.
However, with all the great countries participating there are also some notable countries who will be missing out such as Netherlands, Italy, Chile, Turkey, Wales, and the United States.
The standard has been set high for Russia following a successful 2014 World Cup in Brazil. And both teams and fans will have the opportunity to embrace some of the brand new and spanking stadiums in Russia.
We take a look at the venues for the 2018 World Cup:
#1 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Match #1: Russia vs Saudi Arabia - June 14, 18:00 local time (20:30 IST)
Match #11: Germany vs Mexico - June 17, 18:00 local time (20:30 IST)
Match #19: Portugal vs Morocco - June 20, 15:30 local time (17:30 IST)
Match #37: Denmark vs France - June 26, 17:00 local time (19:30 IST)
Match #51: Round of 16, Group B Winner vs Group A Runner Up - July 1, 17:00 local time (19:30 IST)
Match #62: Semi Final, Winner Match #59 vs Winner Match #60 - July 11, 21:00 local time (23:30 IST)
Match #64: Final - July 15 - 18:00 local time (20:30 IST)
Opened in the year 1955, the Luzhniki Stadium has gone through renovations and transformations on four different occasions in the last 60 years. The stadium has played host to several different sports and tournaments other than football; the most notable one being the final of the Ice Hockey World Championship in 1957.
However, the stadium has also been the host for UEFA competitions. The 1999 UEFA Cup final was played here. But the most memorable game that was played here was the 2008 Champions League final where Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties.
#2 Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
Match #3: Portugal vs Spain - June 15, 21:00 local time (23:30 IST)
Match #13: Belgium vs Panama - June 18, 18:00 local time (20:30 IST)
Match #27: Germany vs Mexico - June 23, 21:00 local time (23:30 IST)
Match #38: Australia vs Peru - June 26, 17:00 local time (19:30 IST)
Match #49: Round of 16, Group A Winner vs Group B Runner Up - June 30, 21:00 local time (23:30 IST)
Match #59: Quarter Final, Winner Match #51 vs Winner Match #52 - July 7, 21:00 local time (23:30 IST)
The Fisht Olympic Stadium was opened in 2013. In 2014, it staged the opening and closing ceremonies for the Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics. Two years later, it was used for the Confederations Cup and now the World Cup.
The venue hosted three group matches and the semi-final of the 2017 Confederations Cup. The average goals per match scored were four and it recorded an average attendance of 30,472.