|Tournament||World Cup 2018|
|Cost||RUB 19.4 mld / bn|
|Construction||09.2012 - 2017|
Description: Rostov Arena
This design is an outcome of dramatic cost-cutting efforts in Rostov, where the initial design has inflated to over 20 billion rubles (with 15 cap set by the federal government). Simplifying the arena to the maximum gave supposedly 3 billion rubles in savings, according to estimates from April 2015.
However, as a result of the alterations, nearly all aesthetic values of the initial visions drawn back in 2010-2012 were lost, replaced by a commonly criticized uniform bowl. Part of the expected capacity is to be temporary (roughly 5,000 of 43,000-45,000).
Enabling works on the southern bank of Don River began in 2012, but piling and foundations were left late with the project gaining pace only in 2015. Delivery is expected in 2017.
Common working names of the stadium include Rostov Arena, Stadion Rostov or Stadion Levberdon (the latter abbreviates Left Bank of Don).
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.
New construction: Rostov catching up
Just check the difference between January and July to realise just how fast this project is growing. Rostov Arena reached 32% progress already, which we’ll now be showing you.
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.
Rostov: Beautiful and expensive? No, only expensive
In a cost-cutting effort the 2018 World Cup stadium in Rostov was stripped of anything that made its previous vision impressive. The humbled venue is still only 15% cheaper than expected.