Saint Petersburg: Saint Petersburg Stadium

Location: Krestovsky Island, St PetersburgCapacity: 67,000.Status: commissioned.Opening date: The first football match took place on 22nd April, 2017 when FC Zenit took on FC Ural in the Russian Premier League. The stadium also hosted a nuber of Confederations Cup 2017 matches, including the opening match and the final.

Saint Petersburg will host seven matches of the 2018 Fifa World Cup, including four Group games one Round-of-16, a Semi-final and the third-place play-off.

A city of federal importance and founded in 1703, St. Petersburg is often referred to as the northern or second capital of Russia. It’s the second-biggest city in the country in terms of size and population with 5.3 million people living in the City.

St. Petersburg’s historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city, with its numerous canals, islands and bridges, is often called the Venice of the North and up to seven million tourists come to see it every year, securing its top spot on the list of most-visited cities in Russia. The City has received the prestigious World Travel Award for three years in a row and in 2017, was recognized as the best tourist destination in Europe.

The stadium is one of the most high-tech stadiums in the world, with a retractable roof and a sliding pitch, making it possible to hold matches any time of the year.

Saint Petersburg Stadium is the northernmost stadium of this kind, with the largest heated area. With the roof closed, the temperature inside is always 20 °C. In 2020, the stadium will host several Uefa Euro 2020 matches including three group stage matches and a quarter-final.