Host City: Rostov-on-Don
Capacity: 45 000
Project Type: New
17 June 2018 21:00 – Brazil vs Switzerland – Group E
20 June 2018 18:00 – Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia – Group A
23 June 2018 21:00 – Korea Republic vs Mexico – Group F
26 June 2018 21:00 – Iceland vs Croatia – Group D
2 July 2018 21:00 – 1G vs 2H – Round of 16
History and description
The Rostov Arena is a recently opened new stadium in the city of Rostov-on-Don that was built for the 2018 World Cup and 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 was expected to be completed in 2017, but the opening got delayed to 2018. It officially opened on 15 April 2018 with a league match between Rostov and Khabarovsk.
After the World Cup, the stadium will be scaled down 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.
The Rostov Arena is located on the south bank of the river Don not far from the centre of Rostov-on-Don. It’s an approximate 15-minute walk to the stadium from the foot of the bridge over the river Don near Rostov’s centre.
Source: FIFA and the stadiumguide.com