Rostov Arena, World Cup Venue, Rostov Oblast, Russia

The Rostov Arena is a planned new stadium for the city of Rostov-on-Don that will become the new home of FC Rostov.

Plans for the new stadium became concrete when Russia got awarded the 2018 World Cup and Rostov-on-Don selected as a host city. The final design was chosen in December 2012 when Populous got selected as the architect.

First ground preparation works started in 2013, but it took until early 2015 for actual foundation works to start. The stadium is expected to be completed in late 2017.

The Rostov Arena will be built with a capacity of 45,000 seats for the World Cup, and then scaled down afterwards to a capacity of 25,000.

The design of the stadium is inspired by the ancient mounts of earth, Kurgans, that can be found in the region.

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