|Tournament||World Cup 2018|
|Construction||11/09/2015 - 03/2018|
|Cost||RUB 17.8 billion|
Description: Stadion Kaliningrad
New stadium for Kaliningrad is being built on the October Island. It’s a very intriguing location. Despite its picturesque layout it’s also problematic and also expensive to deliver large buildings there due to wetland ground basis.
Dispute over location was one of the reason to delay the groundbreaking by many months. A much more serious issue was the abandonment of initial concept as the design firm working on it went bankrupt in 2013.
Design had to be changed anyway, because building a stadium with retractable roof and planned infrastructure proved beyond financial abilities. Since early estimates put average group stage stadium cost at RUB 10 billion it then went to 15 billion in 2014 and later even that amount turned out to be insufficient. Despite drastic cost-cutting effort the building is now priced at RUB 17.5 billion.
Eventually, after further delays, groundbreaking officially took place on September 11, 2015. This is when piling officially began and more than 7,000 piles are expected to be stuck into the ground in order to provide a stable basis for foundations. Actual stadium structure is expected to begin growing in early 2016. With rapidly decreasing time and FIFA deadline of 12/2017 the stadium was simplified to the maximum and is expected to be ready in time.
The building was initially planned for 45,000 people with 20,000 temporary seats and roof that would lower after the temporary zones are dismantled. However FIFA gave green light to make it much less impressive. With 35,000 it will be smaller than actual FIFA requirements (40,000 net capacity), while 10,000 seats are still planned as temporary.
Russia 2018: Kaliningrad almost ready for opening
Today the single last inspection by FIFA representatives took place before opening of the new Kaliningrad stadium in two weeks. It's almost fully prepared and should safely hold the planned 3 test games.
Russia 2018: Opening game in Kaliningrad cancelled
Second-league Baltika against Schalke 04? That would have been great, but won't be. At least for now. The game was cancelled due to harsh weather conditions and fear of how it could have affected the field.
Russia 2018: FIFA not satisfied with Kaliningrad toilets
The stadium is almost complete and yet some delivered works have to be redone. Recent visit by FIFA officials suggests the hospitality areas are not up to standards of the World Cup.
Russia 2018: Balancing Kaliningrad stadium's budget might be a challenge
While delivery in December 2017 seems to be rather safe, maintaining the new Kaliningrad stadium after the FIFA World Cup could be challenging. New estimates put annual cost at 220 million rubles.
Russia 2018: Façade of Kaliningrad stadium revealed
We did not see that coming: metal plates will cover the World Cup stadium in Kaliningrad, smallest of all Russian hosts. Also, seat colour was revealed during yesterday’s visitation.
Kaliningrad: 20-meter “Aquaman” sculpture decorating World Cup stadium?
It’s a particularly controversial idea when considering how strained the World Cup funding is in Kaliningrad. Still, there is a plan of building a 20-meter sculpture near it.
Russia 2018: 90% of steel frame ready in Kaliningrad
Erection of the stands in Kaliningrad is progressing very well, according to official data. Preparations to mount the roof are now beginning.
Russia 2018: Kaliningrad ahead of schedule
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said that the construction of stadium in Kaliningrad for the 2018 World Cup football championship is ahead of schedule.
Russia 2018: Stands begin to grow in Kaliningrad, minister worried
Piling works are ending in Kaliningrad, but the city remains the single most delayed in stadium preparations for the 2018 World Cup. Still, it’s the post-tournament use that causes more concern.
Russia 2018: Excavator drowned in Kaliningrad
If you needed proof of just how wet the ground is at Kaliningrad’s future stadium, there you have it. A large excavator sunk into mire as its operator most likely acted carelessly.
Kaliningrad: Stadium cost cuts continue, but no quality loss
To build a stadium within the ever tighter budget contractors had to adjust its design and remove further elements. But in return the new Kaliningrad stadium should be ready extremely fast.
Kaliningrad: Construction still yet to begin
As shocking as it may sound, Kaliningrad is as late as a host city can be in beginning stadium construction ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
New construction: Kaliningrad last city to take off
After numerous delays it’s finally ongoing now. Grounbreaking in Kaliningrad took place on Friday and now the World Cup’s least impressive stadium should begin to grow.