Nizhny Novgorod Stadium to host its first match in April 2018

At least three test matches are scheduled to take place at the stadium before the 2018 World Cup
25 January

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ stadium in Nizhny Novgorod will be held in April, 2018, according to Local Organising Committee "Russia-2018" Chairman Vitaly Mutko during his inspection of the arena with the region’s Governor Valery Shantsev.

"The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium’s first match should take place in April, 2018. It was instructed to hold at least three test matches," Mutko said. "We could hold a match involving a local club or we could organize an amateur competition."

The head of the region Valery Shantsev, in turn, noted that it is possible to host a football match between Nizhny Novgorod region officials and stadium construction workers.