Location: Adler, the Olympic Park in the Imeriti Lowlands, Sochi Capacity: 48,000 Opening date: The stadium was unveiled in 2014 ahead of the Winter Olympics. The first football match, a friendly between Russia and Belgium, took place on 28th March, 2017. It later hosted several Fifa Confederations Cup 2017 matches.
Sochi will host six matches in this summer's tournament, including four group games a round-of-16 tie and a quarter-final.
Founded in 1838 as late as with a total population of 492,000 people, Sochi is the most famous and popular Russian resort.
It spans 146 km along the coast of the Black Sea Vacationers cna enjoy the city all year round thanks to its unique combination of the subtropical climate and the mountainous landscape. This means skiing is possible in the winter and the heat of the in the sun in the summer. Sochi is also known for the 2014 Olympic Games and its Formula 1 racetrack.
Fisht Stadium was named after a mountain whose name translates from the Adygean language as a ‘white head’. Symbolically, the arena’s roof is covered with a special polymer that creates the effect of a snow-capped mountaintop.
It is the only major stadium in Russia located in the subtropical area of the country the stadium hosting the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Olympic Games.
Unique grass seeds were brought over from the Netherlands to grow the best turf possible for the World Cup. Stadium architect Damon Lavelle was also the man behind the main stadium of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in Johannesburg.