World Cup 2018 stadiums: Volgograd Arena

Welcome2018 presents a profile of the World Cup 2018 arena in host city Volgograd.
25 April 2016
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Volgograd Arena, which will replace the former Rotor stadium, is being built between the Volga and Prospekt Lenina, on the crest of a hill sloping down to the river, next to the city’s main park and close to the Mamaev Kurgan memorial.  

The public profile and location of the 45-thousand Volgograd Arena imply its definitive role in the shaping of Volgograd’s modern look. At the same time, the arena is supposed to harmoniously blend into the cityscape.   

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The stadium’s architecture and spatial design clearly prioritize profitable mixed use, but the sports core is fully FIFA-compliant.  

On the outside, Volgograd Arena is shaped like an overturned truncated cone 49.5m tall and about 303m in diameter. The down-tapering façades are corollary to the imperative need of fitting the building compactly into the available piece of land.    

The stadium’s designers clearly aimed to achieve the ultimately rational architectural solutions. The roof above the stalls will rest on a cable frame, arranged in a “bicycle wheel” pattern. The crisscrossing diagonal elements form enclosed rhomboid shapes of different height and width  between them. Inside, those rhomboids are split into smaller parts, in order to produce the desired architectural composition.   

Volgograd Arena is shaped like an overturned truncated cone 49.5m tall and about 303m in diameter

The ornamental pattern of the self-bearing façade structures and the filling of the windscreens is evocative of a Victory Day fireworks display.  

The stadium’s capacity will shrink to 35,000 after the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM, and the stadium will become the home base of the local football club, Rotor-Volgograd. The plan is for Volgograd Arena to be also used as a venue for diverse cultural events and entertainments: festivities, concerts, expos, and so on. A health centre will be opened on the premises of the stadium.  

The surrounding neighbourhood is in line for additional improvements, landscaping and planting on the land that will be vacated once the temporary buildings are dismantled.  

The main public transit facilities serving the neighbourhood are the railway, public transport on Volgograd’s main street Prospekt Lenina, and the high-speed tram.