The names of Russia’s stadiums to host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2017 Confederations Cup have been approved.
The press service of the Russia 2018 organizing committee told Welcome2018.com that the names of eight out of 12 stadiums coincide with the names of cities where these facilities are located: Yekaterinburg-Arena, Kazan-Arena, Stadium Kaliningrad, Stadium Nizhny Novgorod, Stadium St. Petersburg, Volgograd-Arena, Rostov-Arena and Samara-Arena.
The four other names are connected with the local cultural or football aspects: Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Mordovia-Arena in Saransk, Luzhniki Stadium and Spartak Stadium in Moscow.
"The famous Luzhniki stadium which will host the opening and the final matches of the 2018 World Cup, was named after the district in Mosco where the facility is located,” the press service statement said. “Other stadium in Moscow Spartak-Arena - is named after one the most popular football clubs, which owns which owns the stadium."
Mordovia-arena in Saransk was named after the subject of the Russian Federation. “In 2018 the fans from around the world will have the chance to learn more about Mordovians - large ethnicity living in Russia that has a rich linguistic and cultural heritage. Stadium Fisht in Sochi was named after the mountain of the same name in the Caucasus - the outline of the arena is reminiscent of the mountain, and the word "Fisht" in Adyghe language means “white” or “gray head”,” the statement said.