Otkrytiye Arena is a multipurpose stadium located in the Russian capital city, Moscow. The arena is mostly meant for football matches and is the home ground for FC Spartak Moscow, one of the most successful clubs in Russia.
The arena has the capacity of holding 45,360 people. While the stadium is named as the Otkrytiye Arena for sponsor reason, it will known as the Spartak Stadium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. This arena’s trademark is its diamond facade and the unique design is developed by AECOM.
The Spartak Club never had a proper home stadium to themselves, they have made an attempt to build a stadium since the 1990s. The Otkrytiye Arena project became finalised in the year 2005.
A land in the north-west of the Moscow was acquired at the Tushino Airfield grounds and the stadium was constructed.
With some issues in the finances, the construction of the stadium began in the year 2010. The construction was completed in September 2014.
Initially, the stadium was planned to accommodate 35,000 people but later the capacity was increased, keeping in mind the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
In 2014, the first match was played in this arena where Red Star Belgrade and drew 1–1, with Kombarov scoring the first goal for Spartak at the new stadium after a free-kick.
This stadium is built exclusively built by keeping the 2018 Football World Cup in mind. Five matches of the World Cup are scheduled to be taken place at Otkrytiye Arena.
The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup was held in Russia and Otkrytiye Arena was one the important venues of the cup. Four matches of 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup were held in Otkrytiye Arena.