Volgograd Arena is built on the picturesque bank of the Volga River, between Lenin Avenue (Prospekt Lenina) and the 62nd Army embankment, next to the Mamayev Kurgan and the Central Park of Culture and Recreation. It replaced the Central Stadium - the home arena of the Rotor-Volgograd football club. It was opened in 1962 and operated for 52 years - the building was dismantled in 2014. In 1963, Cuban leader Fidel Castro delivered a speech in front of 60,000 spectators here.
The building of the 45,000-spectator Volgograd Arena is an overturned truncated cone with a height of 49.5m and a diameter of 303m. An architectural feature of the stadium is the facade and roof of cable-stayed farms connected in a bicycle wheel scheme. Intersecting beams create a pattern of rhomboid shapes of various sizes, in which, according to the creators, hint at visual motifs of the Victory salute.
The construction is scheduled to complete in 2017, the opening will take place in 2018. There will be four matches of the group stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. After the competition, the capacity of the arena is to be reduced to 35,000 spectators, and the stadium itself will become the new home field of the local Rotor club.
Access to Volgograd Arena is be possible by bus, trolleybus, high-speed tram (the nearest station is Central Stadium, closed for the time of construction, its work will be resumed by the beginning of the championship) or a commuter train (Mamaev Kurgan station).
- Prospekt Lenina, 76