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Mordovia Arena (Russian: «Мордовия Арена») is a football stadium in Saransk, Mordovia, Russia built for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It also hosts FC Mordovia Saransk of the Russian Professional Football League, replacing Start Stadium. It has a capacity of 44,442 spectators. The total area of the facility is 122,700 sq m.

Mordovia Arena
LocationVolgogradskaya Ulitsa 1, Saransk, Mordovia, Russia
Coordinates54°10′58″N 45°12′05″E / 54.18278°N 45.20139°E / 54.18278; 45.20139Coordinates: 54°10′58″N 45°12′05″E / 54.18278°N 45.20139°E / 54.18278; 45.20139
OperatorFC Mordovia Saransk
Field size105 by 68 m (344 by 223 ft)
Broke ground2010
Construction cost$300 million
FC Mordovia Saransk (2018–present)
Russia national football team (selected matches)

The Arena is located in the central part of the city and is within a walking distance of the city's key infrastructure. The stadium design is based on the image of the sun, the main symbol of ancient myths and legends of the Mordvin people.[1] After the FIFA World Cup, the stadium is expected to serve as Saransk and Mordovia's largest sports and leisure center.[2]



The decision to construct a new stadium in Saransk had been made before Russia's bid to host the FIFA World Cup was approved. The Arena was to be built between 2010 and 2012 and commissioned in time for two events: Spartakiad and celebration of the Millennium of the Unity Between the Mordovian People and the Peoples of the Russian State.[3] Sport-Engineering is the stadium’s developer. On 2 November 2017, the field in the stadium received its first mowing. The stadium hosted its first match on 21 April 2018.

At the end of 2017, the new stadium in Saransk took its final appearance intended by the design. The finished steel skeleton of the arena was covered with finishing panels, serving as the key design feature of the construction. The surrounding ground was improved, the indoor premises were finished and elevators were installed. The construction of the stadium made it possible to solve a number of large-scale urban planning problems for the provincial city: a new park has been laid out, the embankment of the Insar River has been developed, and the residential area has been linked to the city center. The area was improved with a space for recreation, public festivities and leisure activities.[4]


The stadium is located in the central part of Saransk, on the eastern bank of the Insar River. The stadium can be accessed by car and public transportation, special shuttle buses from the airport, railway station and hotels and from pick up parking points. The key hotels, fan area, and sightseeing attractions are also located within a minimum distance from the arena. It is bordered in the north in Volgogradskaya street and in the east in Yubileniy micro district (Russian: Микрорайон Юбилейный) which was constructed in the second decade of the 21st century, alongside with the construction of the stadium. The stadium is located in the central part of Saransk, on the eastern bank of the Insar River. The area where the stadium stands was in the past part of the village Posop which was incorporated to the city in 1958. The territory around the stadium was occupied by low-density traditional wooden housing. A birch grove and a gas station were demolished at the end of August 2010. A gas station, an auto repair center as well as 14 residential wooden houses were demolished with almost all of whose residents have received compensation for land and new apartments, in order to make place for the stadium.[5][6]

By carEdit

The central district of Saransk, the place of the key sightseeing attractions, is a square limited by the streets Staroposadskaya, Botevgradskaya, Polezhaeva/Vasenko, Serova, and Alexandra Nevskogo. Volgogradskaya Street connects the city center with the eastern part of the city, starting from the intersection of Kommunisticheskaya and Serova Streets and crossing the Insar River. Mordovia Arena is located immediately across the river. The route Veselovskogo Street – Kovalenko Street – Yugo-Zapadnoye Highway runs north to south through the western districts of the city (from Lyambirskoye Highway to Osipenko Street). Lenina Avenue connects the city center with the northern part of Saransk, first changing into Alexandrovskoye, and then to Lyambirskoye Highway. Intersecting them, Severny Bypass runs around Saransk in the north, starting at the intersection of P-180 and P-158 highways. It then changes into Vostochny Bypass that connects Saransk to the airport. Osipenko Street runs from the center to the southern boundary of Saransk. The route connecting the city to the airport follows Alexandra Nevskogo Street – Sevastopolskaya Street – Krasnaya Street through the exit after the junction with Vostochny Bypass. Street parking in Saransk is free of charge. Parking on sidewalks, public transport stops, and at special traffic signs is prohibited.[7]


In the bid to host 2018 World Cup submitted to FIFA, Saransk's new stadium was shown with a temporary design by German architect (copied from the Soccer City Stadium in South Africa, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies, and final match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup) Tim Hupe. For the final look of the stadium a local company "Saransk Grazhdan Proekt" was chosen. The simple bowl-shaped venue is to have acid orange seats and capacity for 44,442 people, but only in tournament mode. After the 2018 World Cup the upper stands are to be dismantled, decreasing capacity to 28,000. Between the stands left and the roof a promenade with retail and leisure spaces is to be created. The oval stadium will have a two-story basement and five floors. The stadium's turf is being imported from Canada and there will be 37 km of undersoil heating as well as overground heaters.


The stadium has a high two-story stylobate covered with a bowl that is protected by the shell forming a canopy over the spectator seats. The main, western façade of the stadium faces the city central part and the embankment of the Insar River. The stadium shell is composed of brightly colored perforated and solid metal panels. To ensure a good view, the distance from the center of the football field to the spectator seats is no more than 90 m.

The stands are divided into 4 sectors and subsectors and include a VIP box and a presidential box. Each sector has separate entrances, emergency exits, food outlets, first-aid stations and toilets, including facilities for people with disabilities. The stands have seats for spectators with limited mobility using wheelchairs and for their accompanying persons, as well as seats for people with hearing impairment, with information boards and video displays in their immediate line of sight.

The stadium has a specially designated sector for guest team fans with separate entrances, food outlets, first-aid stations, and toilets. The design envisages a separate family sector with playrooms nearby. The stadium has a media box, press conference room, mixed zone for players communication with media, TV and radio broadcasting studios. In the future, the stadium is expected to serve as Saransk and Mordovia's largest sports and leisure center.[8]


Construction of the final fifth floor began in December 2015.[9]

The walls and roof are made from a single shell of perforated metal panels in solar colours. These are supposed to represent warmth and hospitality. The galvanised roof base is made from profiled sheets that will have insulation and membrane coating laid over the top.[10]

Construction on the stadium was completed in April 2018.[11]

Stadium in the nighttime

Services for fansEdit

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.

In addition, the Arena is equipped with lifts, ramps and turnstiles for spectators with limited mobility. A separate sector of the Arena is specially made accessible for people with disabilities.

Accessibility for spectators with disabilitiesEdit

The 2018 FIFA World Cup offers tickets intended to accommodate people with disabilities, people with limited mobility, and plus-sized persons. These tickets are categorized as Special Access Tickets and are available in four categories:

  • Wheelchair User (“W”, for wheelchair users) + 1 ticket for an accompanying person
  • Easy Access Standard (“ES”, for people with disabilities, people with limited mobility, and people with other medical conditions),
  • Easy Access Amenity (“AM”, for people with guide dogs or people with a medical condition with assistance dogs, and people that need additional leg space due to limited mobility), or
  • Obese Person (“OP”, easy access, extra-width seats, for people with a BMI that is equal to or exceeds 35 kg/m2).

Easy access servicesEdit

  • Mobility center (wheelchair rental for people with limited mobility, volunteer escort to the seat indicated in the ticket)
  • Wheelchair accessible entrances (Pavilions), elevators and special seats for people with limited mobility
  • Golf carts moving along the stadium perimeter after the access control station
  • Audio-description equipment for commentary service (for people with low vision and visual impairments)

Safety and securityEdit

By the opening of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the stadium will be equipped with alarm and public alert systems, metal detectors, indicators of hazardous liquids and explosives, and it will be serviced by 30 24-hour security posts.

Rules of conductEdit

Mordovia Arena panorama

When attending matches, spectators are advised to remember:[12]

  • It is recommended to arrive to the stadium reasonably in advance: entrances open to spectators 3 hours before the match.
  • The stadium is a smoke-free venue.
  • The stadium follows a NO RE-ENTRY policy: after a ticket is scanned to access a spectator's seat, it cannot be used to enter the stadium again.
  • The stadium practices separate waste collection. Spectators are advised to pay attention to information on recycling bins and follow the simple rules: put plastic bottles, aluminum cans and clean paper into yellow bins, and food waste, napkins, packages and disposable tableware, into green bins. Waste separation will make it possible to recycle a significant portion of waste and reduce the negative impact on the environment.

2018 FIFA World CupEdit

The stadium hosted four group stage matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. A test match is scheduled for 21 April 2018.[13]

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
16 June 2018 19:00   Peru 0–1   Denmark Group C 40,502[14]
19 June 2018 15:00   Colombia 1–2   Japan Group H 40,842[15]
25 June 2018 21:00   Iran 1–1   Portugal Group B 41,685[16]
28 June 2018 21:00   Panama 1–2   Tunisia Group G 37,168[17]


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