Kazan Arena Stadium

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It was in Kazan, that the first football stadium was built especially for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It has already been tested in hosting Universiade-2013 and the 2015 Water Sports World Championship, when it was turned into a massive pool.

The stadium was designed by Populous, which had previously worked on London's Wembley Stadium. The Kazan Arena occupies a territory of 28 hectares, including 3,000 square metres (32,292 square feet) of parking. A particular source of pride at the facility is the world's largest media facade, with an area of 3,700 square metres (39,827 square feet). As well as sports events, there are numerous entertainments on offer here: the Zarnitsa educational science centre, the Kidspace children's professions "city," bars, a restaurant, a fitness club with pool, the District7 games centre, the CrossFit Pioneer sports club, a beauty salon for kids, and even a hotel, the Stadium. There are plans for a sports goods and souvenir shop and a museum for the Rubin Football Club, the stadium being its home ground.