|Tournament||World Cup 2018|
|Construction||09/2012 - 12/2017|
|Cost||RUB 19.4 billion|
Description: Rostov Arena
This concept for Rostov-on-Don’s new stadium resulted from large cost-cutting efforts done on the initial vision for 2018 World Cup. As a result nearly nothing of the previous draft was saved, while cost still skyrocketed to overall RUB 18.5 billion at the time of this vision’s release.
The stadium is being built on the southern bank of Don, so called left bank (thus the unofficial name Stadion LevBerDon, from Russian words for Left Bank of Don). Preparatory works on site began in 2012, but progress was extremely slow as design was being worked on. Finally piling and foundation works were launched in late 2014. By mid-2015 11,044 piles were installed and half the entire concrete (92,000 cubic meters) was poured to create the superstructure.
Eventual capacity is expected to be around 45,000, of which 5,000 is to be temporary. The entire stadium, including outer wrap, multimedia screen incorporated into the façade and other facilities are expected to be ready in December 2017.
New stadium: Rostov Arena joins the pack
It's the single last stadium we've been missing before the 2018 World Cup. It may also be the least impressive stadium, despite a very considerable budget. It comes alive at night, though, when the facades change into a giant screen.
Rostov-on-Don: 4% more and Rostov Arena will be ready
In a month from now the stadium will officially be complete. Just in time to host its planned opening game in mid-April. This was confirmed by deputy governor Igor Guskov.
Russia 2018: Opening date revealed for Rostov stadium
It was due to open in November and yet the first official game is now scheduled as late as mid-April 2018. That's still enough time to run all tests required by FIFA.
Russia 2018: Rostov Arena to be done ahead of schedule?
We’ve been impressed by this stadium’s pace for months, now it turns out delivery is planned even a month before the official handover day.
Russia 2018: First membrane strip laid in Rostov
The roof no longer needs supports while first segment of membrane was laid on top of the stadium. Rostov has to be ready a year from now.
Russia 2018: Great progress in Rostov, stadium growing rapidly
Although construction has been ongoing for just over a year, masonry works are now 90% done, while the overall structure is taking shape very fast.