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Gazprom Arena

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Gazprom Arena[4] (Russian: Газпром Арена) is a retractable roof stadium in the western portion of Krestovsky Island in Saint Petersburg, Russia, which serves as home for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg[5]. The stadium was opened in 2017 for the FIFA Confederations Cup.[6] Initially, it was planned to be completed by December 2008,[7] which was changed to late 2011 and changed again numerous times[8] until it was scheduled to open in 2017. As of May 2017, the stadium was 518% late and 548% over budget.[9][10][6] The stadium has a capacity of 67,000 people.[11] It was called Saint Petersburg Stadium during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup[12] and 2018 FIFA World Cup.[13]

Gazprom Arena
Spb 06-2017 img40 Krestovsky Stadium (cropped).jpg
LocationFutbol'naya Alleya 1, Krestovsky Island, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Coordinates59°58′22.63″N 30°13′13.92″E / 59.9729528°N 30.2205333°E / 59.9729528; 30.2205333Coordinates: 59°58′22.63″N 30°13′13.92″E / 59.9729528°N 30.2205333°E / 59.9729528; 30.2205333
Public transitNevsko-Vasileostrovskaya Line Nevsko-Vasileostrovskaya Line

Novokrestovskaya Station
Frunzensko-Primorskaya Line Frunzensko-Primorskaya Line

Krestovsky Ostrov Station
OwnerSaint Petersburg City Administration
OperatorFC Zenit Saint Petersburg
Capacity67,800 (Russian Premier League)[1]
64,468 (2018 FIFA World Cup)[2]
Field size105 x 68 m
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground2007
Opened2017
Construction cost 48 billion
653 million
$1.1 billion[3]
ArchitectKisho Kurokawa
Tenants
FC Zenit St. Petersburg (2017–present)
Russia national football team (selected matches)
Website
Official website

At a cost of $1.1 billion at current exchange rates, it is considered one of the most expensive stadiums ever built.[14]

Contents

OverviewEdit

The competition between architectural projects was won by Kisho Kurokawa's "The Spaceship". The design of the stadium is a modified and enlarged version of Toyota Stadium in Toyota City, Japan, which was also designed by Kurokawa. The stadium was built on the location where the former Kirov Stadium used to stand before it was demolished.

In January 2009 The St. Petersburg Times reported that the project was now to be funded by the city government of St Petersburg, with Gazprom switching to build a separate skyscraper project. The City Hall had to step in after Gazprom declined to invest any further money into the stadium's construction.[15]

On 25 July 2016 the general contractor, Inzhtransstroy-Spb, issued a statement that the city authorities have failed to pay 1 billion rubles ($15.8 million at the current exchange rate) worth of construction work and stopped the work. The next day the contract was terminated. On 1 August there were reports of wind damage to parts of the metal sheathing, and a flood.[16][17]

In the end of August 2016, the new general contractor, Metrostroy, resumed construction works on the site.[18]

The first official match held at the stadium was the Russian Premier League game between FC Zenit Saint Petersburg and FC Ural on 22 April 2017. Branislav Ivanović scored the first goal in the stadium's history.

On 17 June 2017, the first game of 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup was held on the stadium with the Group A match between the host Russia and New Zealand.[6]

On 2 July 2017, the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup final match was held at the stadium between Chile and Germany,[19] becoming the most attended match of the tournament and also setting the record attendance for the stadium.

A photograph of the stadium
during 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup final match
A panoramic photograph of the stadium
during 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup final match warm-up

GalleryEdit

2017 FIFA Confederations CupEdit

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
17 June 2017 18:00   Russia 2–0   New Zealand Group A 50,251[20]
22 June 2017 18:00   Cameroon 1–1   Australia Group B 35,021[21]
24 June 2017 18:00   New Zealand 0–4   Portugal Group A 56,290[22]
2 July 2017 21:00   Chile 0–1   Germany Final 57,268[23]

2018 FIFA World CupEdit

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
15 June 2018 18:00   Morocco 0–1   Iran Group B 62,548[24]
19 June 2018 21:00   Russia 3–1   Egypt Group A 64,468[25]
22 June 2018 15:00   Brazil 2–0   Costa Rica Group E 64,468[26]
26 June 2018 21:00   Nigeria 1–2   Argentina Group D 64,468[27]
3 July 2018 17:00   Sweden 1–0    Switzerland Round of 16 64,042[28]
10 July 2018 21:00   France 1–0   Belgium Semi-final 64,286[29]
14 July 2018 17:00   Belgium 2–0   England Third place match 64,406[30]

UEFA Euro 2020Edit

On 19 September 2014, it was announced by UEFA that the stadium will host four Euro 2020 finals fixtures, three group games and a quarterfinal match.[31]

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
13 June 2020 B3 B4 Group B
17 June 2020 B1 B3 Group B
22 June 2020 B2 B3 Group B
3 July 2020 19:00 Winner Match 41 Winner Match 42 Quarter-finals

ServicesEdit

The following services are available to fans visiting the stadium:

  • Navigation and information support from volunteers.
  • Information (children registration point, stroller storage, lost and found office).
  • Storage room.
  • Audio descriptive commentary for fans who are blind or visually impaired.

Seating options include non-standard seats for plus-size spectators. The stadium stands include special observation area for people with disabilities, which offers space for wheelchairs and accompanying persons.

Conditions for Spectators with DisabilitiesEdit

Saint Petersburg Arena offers 560 seats for people with disabilities, 266 of them are for wheelchair users.[32] Moreover, the stadium design includes special lobbies, elevators and ramps to ensure accessibility to spectators with limited mobility.[33]

Safety and securityEdit

The stadium has been fully prepared for the FIFA World Cup games in accordance with the FIFA requirements for capacity and security.[34] The stadium is equipped with a video surveillance and identification system that makes it possible to detect any troublemakers and fans who are not allowed to enter.[35] The arena is also equipped with a security alarm system, a fire alarm system and a robotic fire-extinguishing system.

Picture galleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Arena St Petersburg".
  2. ^ "Saint Petersburg Stadium". FIFA. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  3. ^ "ПРОВЕРКИ ОРГАНОВ ГОСУДАРСТВЕННОЙ ВЛАСТИ".
  4. ^ "Zenit's stadium on Krestovsky Ostrov to be renamed as The Gazprom Arena / FC Zenit St Petersburg Official Website".
  5. ^ (in Russian) St. Petersburg Gorzakaz construction tender announcement
  6. ^ a b c "Match report – Group A – Russia - New Zealand" (PDF).
  7. ^ New stadium Archived 19 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine. at Zenit's website (in Russian)
  8. ^ ""Газпром-Арена". Лучше, но позже - Невское время".
  9. ^ "Case Study – What Happens When Corruption Meets Incompetence - Krestovsky Stadium". Moscow Times. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  10. ^ "FIFA confident that stadium in St. Petersburg will meet all requirements". TASS. 26 December 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  11. ^ FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia - Destination - FIFA.com".
  12. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 - Saint Petersburg - FIFA.com".
  13. ^ Stadium names for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ confirmed. FIFA.
  14. ^ Elusive arena. “Krestovsky” and 4 “most expensive” football stadium 27.01.2017
  15. ^ "City Hall Pulls Out of Skyscraper, Redirects Funds to New Stadium". The St. Petersburg Times. 13 January 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  16. ^ "У "Зенит-Арены" снесло крышу" (in Russian). Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  17. ^ "Строящийся стадион "Зенита" начал уходить под воду" (in Russian). Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  18. ^ "Мутко: уровень беспокойства за стадион в Санкт-Петербурге понизят в сентябре" (in Russian). Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  19. ^ "Match report – Final – Chile - Germany" (PDF).
  20. ^ "Match report – Group A – Russia - New Zealand" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 17 June 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  21. ^ "Match report – Group B – Cameroon - Australia" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  22. ^ "Match report – Group A – New Zealand - Portugal" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 24 June 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  23. ^ "Match report – Final – Chile - Germany" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 2 July 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  24. ^ "Match report – Group B – Morocco - IR Iran" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  25. ^ "Match report – Group A – Russia - Egypt" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 19 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
  26. ^ "Match report – Group E – Brazil - Costa Rica" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 22 June 2018. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  27. ^ "Match report – Group D – Nigeria - Argentina" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 26 June 2018. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  28. ^ "Match report – Round of 16 – Sweden - Switzerland" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 3 July 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  29. ^ "Match report – Semi-final – France - Belgium" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 10 July 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  30. ^ "Match report – Play-off for third place – Belgium - England" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 14 July 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  31. ^ UEFA.com. "UEFA EURO 2020". UEFA.com.
  32. ^ "Люди с ограниченными возможностями протестировали стадион "Санкт-Петербург Арена"". sankt-peterburg.glavny.tv (in Russian). 2017-03-06. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  33. ^ "Технические характеристики | Чемпионат мира по футболу FIFA 2018 в России™ | Город-организатор Санкт-Петербург". spb2018.com. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  34. ^ "Технические характеристики | Чемпионат мира по футболу FIFA 2018 в России™ | Город-организатор Санкт-Петербург". spb2018.com. Retrieved 2018-06-14.
  35. ^ "Директор по безопасности «Зенита»: «Делаем все, чтобы на арене «Санкт-Петербург» людям было комфортно»" (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-06-14.

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