Stadion Kaliningrad, World Cup, Venue, Kaliningradskaya oblast, Russia 

Kaliningrad Stadium, also called Arena Baltika, is an association football stadium under construction in Oktyabrsky Island, Kaliningrad, Russia. It will host some of the games of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It will also host FC Baltika Kaliningrad of the Russian Football National League, replacing Baltika Stadium.

This will be a two-tier stadium, equipped with ultramodern security systems and CCTV. The project is based on the concept of the Allianz Arena, which hosted matches of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The project cost is planned around 11 billion rubles. Commissioning is planned in 2017. The stadium following the 2018 World Cup will turn into 25,000 seating capacity and part of the roof will be retracted.

Arena Baltika is located only 45 kilometers from the border with Poland, which makes it the stadium of the 2018 FIFA World Cup located closest to the European Union and the Schengen Area.

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