Luzhniki stadium

Capacity: 81,000

Stadium plan

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Lost & Found service at the stadium

Left Luggage facility #3

Contact phone: +7 (925) 400 14 60

Hours: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (local time, stays open 1 day after the last match at the stadium) 

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How to get to Luzhniki Stadium by public transport

2018 World Cup fixtures

Luzhniki Stadium will be hosting the World Cup 2018 opening match, between Russia and Saudi Arabia, on June 14. During the group stage, the arena will be hosting Germany vs. Mexico (June 17), Portugal vs. Morocco (June 20) and Denmark vs. France (June 26). A 1/8 final will be played at Luzhniki on July 1, followed by a semi-final on July 11, and the final on July 15

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The Grand Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex, the biggest stadium in Russia, has been designated as the main arena of the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia™.

This stadium, situated by Luzhnetskaya Embankment of the Moskva River across from Vorobyovy Hills, opened in 1956. It was named “Grand Sports Arena of the V.I. Lenin Central Stadium” until renamed Luzhniki in 1992. With its built-in capacity of 103,000 spectators, Luzhniki was the largest arena in the country by seat number right from the get-go, and has remained so at all times since. Luzhniki was the main arena of the 22nd Olympic Games of 1980 in Moscow, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games.

The number of seats was reduced to 78,000 at the Grand Sports Arena as part of the 1997 reconstruction. The same reconstruction gave the stadium a roof over the spectator stalls, the benches were replaced with plastic chairs, and natural grass on the pitch was replaced with artificial turf (in fact, grass no longer grew so well due to changes in lighting and ventilation).

Luzhniki hosted the 1999 UEFA Cup Final. In October 2007, Russia beat England 2-1 in a Euro 2008 qualifier at Luzhniki. In 2008, Luzhniki received Russia’s first (and so far, its only) UEFA Champions League Final.

Luzhniki was entirely rejuvenated during its most recent reconstruction, completed in 2017, in preparation for the 2018 World Cup. What makes the biggest difference about the new Luzhniki is that it is now a 100% football arena. Gone are the racing tracks and the whole athletics kit. The freed-up space has been used to expand the stalls, which now accommodate 81,000 spectators instead of 78,000. Prior to the latest remodelling, nearly one-tenth of spectator seats were located in areas with poor visibility due to remoteness and a low tilt angle. Now the stalls have been moved as close as possible to the pitch, resulting in ideal visibility from all seats, top and bottom rows included. Three hundred seats have been equipped to meet the needs of persons with disabilities. 1,700 seats are reserved for VIP spectators, and another 2,000, for the media

In order to minimize spectator crowds inside and outside the stadium, the number of entrance gates has been increased from 13 to 16, stall passages have been significantly enlarged, and the arena perimeter has been fitted with 44 cascade stairways. The space is designed to make sure all spectators are out of the stadium in less than 15 minutes after the game’s end.

One of the achievements of the latest renovation project is that the natural-grass pitch is back at Luzhniki. The new pitch is a layered cake of utility conduits. There are automatic watering, drainage and heating systems underlying the natural grass

The goals are now equipped with state-of-the-art goal line technology. The goals are watched by several cameras, and the referee gets alerted via an electronic bracelet. The canopy over the stalls was extended by 11 metres as part of the renovation, and two media screens were placed underneath, displaying team line-ups and game scores, which are visible from any part of the stadium.

A giant media screen of multitudes of light-emitting diodes has been built into the stadium roof, which can be viewed from Komsomolsky Prospekt, Third Traffic Ring and Vorobyovy Hills. The stadium’s top level now has a 1100-metre observation deck. Offering enjoyable views of central Moscow and such landmarks as the Mikhail Lomonosov State University of Moscow on Vorobyovy Hills, the Novodevichy Convent, and the towers of Moscow City, the observation deck will be open to visitors even in between football matches.

The only feature that has survived the full from-the-ground-up revamp intact is Luzhniki’s historical façade, although it has seen some improvements, too. The stadium’s look has been tactfully augmented with frozen athlete images on the frieze: footballers, discus throwers, gymnasts, boxers, and many others. Their silhouettes were inspired by the style of the Olympic images found on ancient Greek vases. These athlete images fit in well with the overall visual concept of the arena’s façade, gently highlighting the athletic intent of the building. The dynamic they convey imparts the appropriate fan-like mood. The athlete images were crafted by means of countless apertures of varying diameter, which – apart from their aesthetic purpose – serve as a part of the stadium’s ventilation system.