Fisht Olympic Stadium (Tsentralnyj Stadion)
|Capacity before works||47 659|
|Tournament||World Cup 2018|
|Construction||2009 - 2013|
|Cost||603 mln $|
|Design||Populous, Buro Happold|
Description: Fisht Olympic Stadium
Olympic Stadium in Sochi is being built for 2014 Winter Olympics along with surrounding sports complex. Due to Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup as well, the ground has been listed for this tournament as well.
The location on seaside is very picturesque, but also caused ecological concerns. Design was done by Populous and provides both ends of the stadiums opened – with view of the sea (south) and mountains (north) available to spectators.
After the large tournaments local football team Zhemchuzhina is to use the stadium, which is expected to be downscaled to 25,000. There is also a prospect of hosting f1 Grand Prix here, with part of the track going through the stadium.
Russia: Sochi stadium without a host until 2018/19
Not only was it outrageously expensive, not only is it delayed yet again. Now we also know that the new Sochi stadium will not have a tenant at least until 2018/19 Premier League season.
Russia: Sochi stadium suffers major delay
We won’t see reopening of the Sochi Olympic Stadium earlier than in March of 2017. Meanwhile, the stadium was due for delivery in three months from now.
Russia 2018: Sochi speeding up for Confederations Cup
Stadion Fisht will be among the venues of 2017 Confederations Cup. To meet deadlines, employment on site will grow by 25% in 2016.
Russia 2018: Grass in Sochi by year end
No sooner than two years after official opening will Stadion Fisht actually become usable for football. Current preparation progress for the 2018 World Cup stands at just 35%. Why?
Russia 2018: Pressure mounts, less time and money
“Main task: price cannot go up by a single ruble”, said Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who sounds extremely optimistic. If the price stays still, it will only be at the expense of quality.
Russia 2018: Stadiums 30-40% more expensive
Russian sports minister confirmed stadiums may again prove more expensive than expected. Each of the ongoing projects may cost 30-40% more, coming after previous 50-100% increase.
Russia 2018: „Our stadiums aren’t more expensive”. But they are…
General director of Sports In, company running 7 projects for the 2018 World Cup, argues Russian stadia aren’t more expensive than in other countries. But he presented the public with manipulated data to make his case.
Russia 2018: Better late than over budget?
Russian Ministry of Economic Development refused to accept a notion by the Sports Ministry to skip financial audits in order to speed up World Cup stadiums progress. Report by Saint Petersburg Times.
Russia 2018: Sports Minister slams delayed stadia
Despite very generous funding, Russian World Cup stadiums suffer from very severe setbacks. Sports Minister admits there’s trouble in every region. Unless all projects get under construction this year, heads will roll.
Russia 2018: Stadium prices to inflate further?
The Russian Sports Ministry suggests to cancel all financial audits for 2018 World Cup stadiums. This is expected to increase work pace on delayed stadiums. But this might increase costs further, while they already highly exceed earlier estimations.
Sochi: What’s next for Fisht? Not much, sadly
Two weeks of 2014 Winter Olympics have passed and so has the event calendar for the tournament’s main stadium. First football games is scheduled for mid-2017, no solid plans for other events are in place.
New stadium: Fisht Olympic Stadium
The giant in Sochi officially begins life tonight. It lost a lot of its aesthetics after temporary structures were added, but is still impressive. And apart from the opening ceremony content only its price remains a secret.
Sochi: 42 days to go, stadium not ready?
It hasn’t officially been delivered, nor has it been opened. Even performers had to rehearse in a different venue as the central stadium’s price hyper-inflates and delays grow.
Sochi: Olympic countdown began, 99 days to go
The opening ceremony is now just days away and despite most of the complex being prepared for Sochi’s biggest ever event, the main stadium is still under construction.
2018 World Cup: Last seven stadiums to go under construction
While works in Kazan are done and finishing in Sochi, most projects for the 2018 World Cup still only exist on paper. This is to change now, as contract to build all seven remaining has been granted to FGUP Sport-inzhiniring.
Russia: Future of Sochi stadium still uncertain
Winter Olympics, F1 Grand Prix, FIFA World Cup – these are all prestigious events, but in total they provide just a few sell-out crowds over several years. What will by happening at the stadium between each of them? Surely massive spending, nothing else is certain.
Russia: Sochi Olympic Stadium ten times more expensive?
When the stadium was announced, it was thought to cost over $60 million. Though this seemed well underestimated, few would have thought that it’s going to consume 10 times the amount projected. And according to Russian opposition the figures may still rise a lot.