|Tournament||World Cup 2018|
|Construction||21/07/2014 - 25/04/2018|
|Cost||RUB 18.2 billion|
|Design||GUS SO TerrNIIgrazhdanproekt, PI Arena|
Description: Samara Arena
In Russia’s initial World Cup bid this stadium was supposed to sit on a remote Island south of Samara’s historical centre. Then a new location near the airport was contemplated, but eventually a clear site near the northern highway towards Moscow was selected. It facilitated foundation works and allowed to rationalize the budget.
Preparatory works on site were launched in early 2014 and the official groundbreaking took place on July 22. At that point excavation was already well advanced. By early 2016 the stadium should have first elements of its steel dome structure. Entire stadium should be delivered in late 2017.
Created by international team of architects and engineers, this stadium outgrows many other venues in terms of scale. Its dome should span across 330 meters and the futuristic spheroid-shaped roof earned it the nickname Cosmos Arena.
The vast roof will allow creation of over 150,000 square meters of floor space. The double-tiered stands should hold 45,000 people and provide extensive corporate structures throughout two continuous rings of premium seating.
This stadium was one of the first to go through design and financial evaluation. Initially planned to cost just under RUB 15 billion, it was scaled down to 13.2 billion in 2015, but is still subject to re-evaluation.
Russia 2018: Samara Arena among most expensive to maintain
The World Cup is over for them, now Samara Arena is facing the challenge of daily operation. And it's quite a big one, this stadium is among the most expensive in terms of annual maintenance cost.
New stadium: Samara Arena
The spaceship stadium was the single last one to 'land' and open its doors to Russian spectators ahead of the 2018 World Cup. It's not really finished yet, but operational and ready for the international tournament.
Russia 2018: Green light, all stadiums ready!
Make no mistake, construction isn't over. Still, Samara Arena was officially approved for use today, just 24 hours before its first test game ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
Russia 2018: The last one gets its field
It's the only stadium not to be handed over for the 2018 World Cup yet. It's thus no surprise that Samara Arena is also the last one to get its field. In fact, installation won't be complete until just before the first game.
Russia 2018: Mission impossible in Samara
They failed in December, failed in March. The latest deadline for Samara Arena is April 25, just 3 days (!) before the first game. This cannot end well and it won't. According to fine reporting by Kommersant, more issues with the stadium will surface.
Russia 2018: Samara Arena's dome ready in 74%
Though the stadium should have been ready by the end of 2017, work is still underway. Most tasks are nearing the finish line, though quite a lot is yet to be done at the most decorative feature: its dome.
Russia 2018: Another alteration in Samara's dome
As cost-cutting efforts continue, the iconic dome of Samara Arena will be covered by polycarbonate in less than 50%, while the remainder will be simple profiled tinware.
Russia 2018: Milestone reached, but Samara still troubled
First of 32 immense girders already tops the stadium nicknamed Cosmos Arena. The Samara venue for 2018 World Cup will prove much more expensive than planned. And it’s 3 months delayed as of now.
Russia 2018: Samara stadium twice as expensive?!
It’s been clear that contractor change is caused by insufficient funding, but the scale remained unclear until now. Samara Arena may be over two times more expensive than planned.
Russia 2018: Contractor abandons Samara Arena
PSO Kazan is no longer in charge of the construction in Samara. The company would not complete the project within promised budget and had to step down.
Russia 2018: First piece of Samara dome put in place
This will be one of the most futuristic stadiums in Russia, rightly nicknamed Cosmos Arena. Yesterday the mounting of first 134-ton roof segment ended.