Kosmos Arena, World Cup Venue, Samara, Samara Oblast, Russia 

When Russia originally made their bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 there weren’t enough top-quality stadiums already in the country, so they had to commit to building new ones. One such new stadium is the Cosmos Arena, so named because the region it’s being built in, Samara, is known for its links to the space industry. On top of that, the original design of the ground makes it look a little like an asteroid. The official name of the ground has changed numerous times since its conception, with the Russians unsure what option to stick with. During the actual World Cup it will officially be know as ‘Samara Arena’, presumably to help people know where they’re heading to watch matches.

As with most of the new grounds being built in advance of the 2018 World Cup, there isn’t a huge amount of information available about Cosmos Arena. The closer the tournament gets the more information becomes available, so we’ll keep updating this page accordingly. One thing we can tell you right now, though, is that Cosmos Arena will be the home of FC Krylia Sovetov Samara once the World Cup is over and done. At the moment the Russian Premier League side play their games at the Metallurg Stadium, which has a capacity of 33,001. It seems odd that they’ll need to move to any even bigger stadium, given that their average attendance for the 2016-2017 season in the Russian Premier League was less than 7,000. Regardless, for the 2018-2019 season they’ll have one of the newest stadiums in Russia at their disposal.

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