|Clubs||FK Zenit Sankt Petersburg|
|Tournament||World Cup 2018|
|Cost||42.8 mld RUB|
|Construction||12.2006 - 03.2017|
|Design||Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates|
|Contractor||Transstroi / Metrostroi|
|Within the design||retractable roof, pitch sliding outside of the stadium, covered pool, SPA/beauty/healthcare centre.|
Zenit Arena – design description
International design competition from 2006 was attended by top architects, of whom most had Russian cooperates. Perhaps surprisingly Japanese office of visionary Kisho Kurokawa won with their UFO-resembling concept. His work was due to replace the outdated Kirov Stadium dating decades back.
Along with set criteria the ground was to hold 62,000 seats and have retractable roof over the pitch to allow gameplay in extreme northern winters of St Petersburg.
Unfortunately, as time went by it started turning out that the initial vision isn’t possible to be built, at least not with Russians taking over the design after deceased Kurokawa. Planned overhanging external bowl required additional supports, spoiling the initial idea.
Retractable fabric roof proved impossible to operate in the extremely cold winters and had to be replaced by different glass structure. Plus constant changes in documentation of the project resulted in contractors building along outdated plans and having to demolish parts of the structure. This chaos lasted over 6 years and resulted in massive delays and cost inflation.
Further amendments had to be done when Russia decided to apply and eventually won the bid for 2018 World Cup. In order for St Petersburg to host semifinal games capacity had to rise by another 7,000 seats.
St. Petersburg: Zenit to take over at Stadion St. Petersburg
It comes as no surprise: no other company was interested in handling the management of Russia's most expensive stadium. Only Zenit submitted a proposal and will now take care of the stadium for 49 years. The deal is worth... $1.
New stadium: No, it’s still not ready
Just hours ago the very first official game took place at Zenit Arena. Except Zenit doesn’t want to be mentioned in its name and no wonder. This monster requires a lot of further work.
Saint Petersburg: Opening in a month, then… construction again
In exactly a month from today the very first official football game will be played at Zenit Arena. Finishing works are still ongoing, but according to latest information the stadium will again go under construction after it opens.
Russia 2018: Zenit Arena to open doors on Saturday
After over a decade under construction a symbolic moment comes this Saturday. Russia’s most expensive stadium will allow spectators inside. It’s not finished yet, though.
Saint Petersburg: They paid twice for works worth billions
By far the most complex stadium in Russia but also the most controversial one financially. Zenit Arena just got more complicated as overrun of 5 billion rubles is revealed.
St. Petersburg: Arena delivered, but… not quite
Officially construction ended yesterday, as was contracted. In reality it will go on until March 31 as the contractor signed another deal, worth almost a billion rubles.
Saint Petersburg: The field slides inside for the first time
It took nearly 7 hours but finally Zenit Arena has the natural turf in place. Weighing over 8,000 tons, the field was transported inside yesterday, during a day-long operation.
Russia 2018: Ex-contractor demands billions from St. Petersburg
Transstroi is asking for 4.9 billion rubles ($80m) from the construction committee of Saint Petersburg, following unilateral termination of the company’s contract for Zenit Arena.
St. Petersburg: Roof closing at Zenit Arena
First attempt at closing the retractable roof over Zenit Arena will last 5 days. When it’s tested and working properly, it will only take 15 minutes.
St. Petersburg: Zenit unsure, contractor without contract, taxpayers pay
Zenit Saint Petersburg raised 1,900 comments (!) regarding Zenit Arena’s future. Meanwhile Metrostroi began work without a valid contract and taxpayers are outraged by massive relocation of public spending.
St. Petersburg: Contractors change, but mess prevails
Finishing Zenit Arena will cost 7.77 billion rubles. We know who will build it, but how much will the entire stadium cost and when will it be ready? In these matters it’s… chaos, as usual.
Saint Petersburg: Zenit Arena construction abandoned!
Just a few months before planned delivery the most expensive and delayed Russian stadium has no contractor on site. Transstroi halted all work today as the regional government terminated its contract.
Russia 2018: Zenit Arena to be cheaper? Huge fine for subcontractor
It’s a minor relief compared to the stadium’s budget, but one of subcontractors is now forced to return 570 million rubles for artificially inflating prices.
Saint Petersburg: $26 million for Zenit Arena’s landscaping and infrastructure
Landscaping and roads around Russia’s most impressive stadium will cost almost 2 billion rubles. But before these works begin, the retractable roof will get done. On Friday at the latest!
Russia 2018: “Never-ending construction” will end after all
Ridiculed numerous times, and rightly so, the delivery of stunning Zenit Arena is finally only months away. Still, there’s 18% of works yet to be delivered.
Russia 2018: Roof over Zenit Arena ready
It weighs a stunning 23,000 tons and is among the largest roofs ever to cover any football stadium. The permanent roof over Zenit Arena is now ready.
Saint Petersburg: Zenit Arena’s permanent roof complete
Weighing 18,000 tons it’s one of the most impressive roof structures ever. Not yet finished, the main structure is now ready and awaits resting on 8 masts sticking out of the stadium.
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.