Ekaterinburg: Ekaterinburg Arena

Location: Repina Street in the city centre of EkaterinburgCapacity: 35,000Status: ReconstructionOpening Date: The Stadium will officially re-open in April 2018

The Ekaterinburg Arena will host four group matches in the Summer's Fifa World Cup.

Founded in 1723 with a population of 1.5 million people the city, was founded in 1723 as a factory town on the orders of Emperor Peter the Great and named after his wife, future Empress Catherine I.

Ekaterinburg is the fourth most-populated city in Russia after Moscow, St. Petersburg and Novosibirsk. The Central Stadium was built in Sverdlovsk (now Ekaterinburg) back in 1953.

It underwent several upgrades since then, but its historical façade has remained unchanged as an architectural heritage site.

Before reconstruction, the 27,000-seater stadium hosted national and international tournaments, including the World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Women, and Winter Spartakiades of the USSR. Following the 2018 Fifa World Cup, FC Ural will use the stadium for its home games.

The western and eastern entrances to the stadium are framed by columns with sculptures of a milling machine operator, a female skier, a hunter, a football player, a female athlete with a torch, and a steelmaker.

In May 2012, the stadium hosted the final match of the Russian Football Cup. Ekaterinburg Arena has four stands - two grand stands, and two temporary stands with a steel structure that will be dismantled after the World Cup.