Location: Luzhnetskaya Embankment, Moscow Capacity: 80,000 Status: Stadium reconstruction. Opening date: The stadium was unveiled on 11th November 2017, with a friendly played between Russia and Argentina which the visitors won 1-0.
Following the 2018 Fifa World Cup the arena will host matches of the Russian national team and key games of the Russian club tournament such as the the Russian Cup final as well as acting as a concert and shows venue.
Luzhniki Stadium was originally built on the bank of the Moskva River opposite the Vorobyovy Gory landmark in1956. Until 1991, it used to be known as the Lenin Central Stadium.
It has been the Soviet Union’s and Russia’s largest stadium with a capacity of up to 101,000 seats and hosted both the opening and the closing ceremonies of the 1980 Summer Olympics, the first Olympic Games in the country’s history.
In 1996-1997, the stadium got an upgrade and a complete roof, earning a 5-star ranking from UEFA and the right to host the UEFA Cup final in 1999 and the Uefa Champions League final in 2008.
As part of the reconstruction, the stands were moved closer to the pitch following the removal of the athletics track, the pitch itself was replaced with the natural grass surface, and the angle of the now two-tier stands was changed.