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Central Stadium (Yekaterinburg)

Central Stadium (Russian: Центральный стадион, translit. Tsentralnyi Stadion) is a multi-purpose stadium in Yekaterinburg, Russia.The capacity of the stadium is just over 35,000. This will be reduced to 23,000 after the World Cup.

Central Stadium
Estadio Central (Ekaterinburg-arena).jpg
Location Yekaterinburg, Russia
Coordinates 56°49′57″N 60°34′25″E / 56.83250°N 60.57361°E / 56.83250; 60.57361Coordinates: 56°49′57″N 60°34′25″E / 56.83250°N 60.57361°E / 56.83250; 60.57361
Operator FC Ural Yekaterinburg
Capacity 35,696
23,000 (after the 2018 World Cup)
Field size 105 by 68 m (344 by 223 ft)
Built 1957
Renovated 2006–2011;
2014–2017 (due to 2018 FIFA World Cup)
FC Ural Yekaterinburg

It will be one of 12 venues in 11 host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia[1] during which it will be called Ekaterinburg Arena.[2] The stadium is the eastern-most among the 2018 World Cup venues, being the only venue stands in Asian Russia.



Stadium before the 2017 reconstruction
Velodrome in the outskirts of Yekaterinburg, 1913
Tennis courts for the velodrome, 1913
Honouring Nikolay Durakov

Central Stadium was built in 1957. Earlier on this territory of the city also was a sports facilities: from 1900 - the Velodrome, from 1928 - Regional Stadium, and from 1936 - the stadium "Metallurg of the East". The Stadium has hosted thousands of sports and entertainment events. In the first years after its opening, the stadium has become one of the world most important arenas of speed skating. In 1959 it held the World Allround Speed Skating Championships for Women, as well as the 1958, 1962, 1964, and 1966 championships of the USSR (with multiple world records made),[3] and in the 1964-73 period many matches between strongest national speed skating teams of the world (Soviet Union, Norway, Sweden and Finland). Approximately during the time when SKA-Sverdlovsk was one of the best club teams in the world.[3] The stadium hosts 1962, 1966, 1974 and 1978 Spartakiad of the Peoples of the USSR (contemporaneously these competitions were USSR championships) and other Russian and international competitions.

In 2004 the Stadium became a public company - JSC "Central Stadium" (in 2010 the shareholders - Sverdlovsk Oblast Ministry of assets - 25% plus 1 share, Administration of City Ekaterinburg - 25% plus 1 share, and of JSC "Sinara Group" - 50% minus 2 shares). From September 2006 to 2011, it completed a first large-scale stadium reconstruction. In 2015–17 completed another large-scale reconstruction.


The capacity of the arena after the reconstruction will be 35,000 spectators. The stadium will provide three types of seats, including special places for people with disabilities and sectors for the fans. In the east and west stands 30% of seats will be placed under a canopy. Security systems, surveillance, telecommunications, video feed and audio experience will enable high levels of service and safety to the stadium.

The kernel of the stadium will bring together a football field with natural turf size 105x68 m and an athletic complex, consisting of eight racetracks, areas for long jump, triple jump and shot put. Grand Sports Arena (BSA) will conform to international standards of FIFA and UEFA, the Russian Athletics Federation, as well as international agencies, cultural events and concerts. Under the stands will be places for sports facilities, accommodation for athletes, judges, medical teams and complexes catering. Near the sports center area will be parking and flat sporting facilities: a football field with artificial turf, and tennis courts.

As the stadium was chosen as one of the venues of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, temporary stands extending outside the original perimeter of the stadium were erected so as to comply with the FIFA requirement of seatings for 35,000 spectators.[4]

In addition, it is planned to equip 8 booths for sports commentators of radio and television, will be a press center, room for journalists who cover the course of sporting events. The arena will have artificially heated turf and artificial irrigation, which will be in place for the next football season.

In the stadium, it is planned to build a fitness center (2500–3000 m²)and Valeological center (1500 m²), which will be an organized system of fast-food outlets to serve the audience, and there will also be a restaurant with 200-300 seats.

It will develop the modern system of access to the stadium, providing security and evacuation systems that meet international requirements. Additionally, a hotel will be built. Near the stadium will be a parking lot with 3200 spaces.


In November 2010, the construction of reinforced concrete structures of two additional grandstands - the south and north - was finalized. Roofing work is finalized and closed the thermal path to the east and west stands. Work on the landscaping included lawns decorated, organized and paved parking for special mobile TV stations and specialized in the sports complex and complete reconstruction of the stadium's outer fence, which has retained its historic appearance. Preparatory work for the installation of spectator seating was also conducted.[5] Stable funding to finish the stadium was provided in the summer of 2011. In October 2015 began another full reconstruction of the stadium.

For the World Cup the stadium will have a capacity of 35,696 spectators, 12,000 of which are temporary seating. After the World Cup, these 12,000 seats will be removed, resulting in a capacity of around 23,000.[6]

International matchesEdit

6 September 2012
  Russia U-21   Poland U-21 4:1
10 September 2012
  Russia U-21   Moldova U-21 2:2
16 October 2012
  Russia U-21 -   Czech Republic U-21 2:2

2018 FIFA World CupEdit

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
June 15, 2018 17:00 YEKT (UTC+5)   Egypt   Uruguay Group A
June 21, 2018 20:00 YEKT (UTC+5)   France   Peru Group C
June 24, 2018 20:00 YEKT (UTC+5)   Japan   Senegal Group H
June 27, 2018 19:00 YEKT (UTC+5)   Mexico   Sweden Group F


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