|Category||Design being implemented|
|Tournament||World Cup 2018|
|Cost||RUB 16,37 mld / bln|
|Construction||2014 - 26.11.2017|
|Design||PI Arena, GMP Architekten|
Description: Volgograd Arena
The final concept of Volgograd’s new stadium envisages – like the previous ones – complete demolition of the old Rotor stadium aside the Volga River and raising a new ground from scratch. German GMP Architekten were awarded the design contract, winning the approval with their wicker-inspired vision, one of three proposed.
The construction process was divided into phases. First one will see the key element of the stadium built – all stands. Spreading over two tiers, stands will be accessible from the vast promenade around the stadium. Business and VIP seats were designed mostly within the main stand, thus there was no need to create a separate balcony for corporate clients around the stadium.
Phases 2-3 will see a large steel compression ring created over the stands and then filled inside with a lightweight tensile structure. Roof sheets will mostly consist of membrane, while a narrow inner ring will be made of glass to provide sunlight access.
Phases 4-6 will see the most distinctive part of the stadium mounted: large facades with the wicker theme that won’t surround the stadium closely, leaving much space for additional facilities behind the stands. That part of the stadium will have its own membrane cover.
Russia 2018: See the big lift in Volgograd as it happened
It was one of the largest and most complex operations of its kind. Took a whole lot of time, but once it ended, the outcome is truly astonishing!
Russia 2018: Big lift about to commence in Volgograd
It's one of only two cable roofs of the Russian World Cup and the only one still waiting to be lifted. 88 hydraulic jacks are already waiting to begin the operation.
Russia 2018: Stands in Volgograd built in half a year!
In late 2015 they only had the foundation slab. Now, after just over 6 months, the stands able to hold 45,000 people are already in place. Time for other parts of the project to grow.
New construction: The last World Cup build is here
From today onwards we’ll be showing you all of the 2018 World Cup construction sites. Volgograd’s steel-bound arena comes last, courtesy of the general contractor.
Russia 2018: Dangerous accident during construction in Volgograd
Large piece of iron reinforcement collapsed with four workers on top. Two of them are in very serious condition. Work was temporarily halted in the area.
Russia: Volgograd stadium 1.5 month behind schedule
Huge excavation caused a minor lag in Volgograd. General contractor has to speed up, otherwise FIFA deadline of late 2017 will not be met.
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: The fight to keep stadium budget from inflating
Russian prime minister ordered to replace imported components with domestic products where possible. This should help with keeping budgets from overruns.
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.
World Cup 2018: Bombs and shells fund at Volgograd construction site
Before Rotor Arena is built, remains of the old stadium need to be removed. And it’s no surprise the site was problematic due to WWII remains. 10 missiles were found during demolition.
Russia: (Too) expensive stadiums soon under construction
Recent months brought many news about these stadiums. As Russia’s mega event project launches, only one stadium may be kept in the previously estimated budget. Two stadia will soon see groundbreaking.
Russia: World Cup stadium in Volgograd approved
Yesterday the Russian government issued a statement, approving the proposed stadium scheme for Volgograd. No details as to financing were disclosed, prompting further questions.
Russia 2018: Design preparations twice overpaid?
The country’s central audit body found seven projects prepared for the 2018 World Cup to be severely overpaid. Work that should have cost $80 million was priced at over $170 million, according to insideworldfootball.com.
Russia: $575 million for smallest stadiums of the World Cup?!
Already in 2010 the plans of Russian World Cup were among the most expensive ones. Since then they’ve grown by roughly 50% and may see further increase.
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.
New designs: Volgograd and Ekaterinburg
Their numbers in our database are 499 and 500, which means we reached a really nice jubilee, having more designs than any stadium-dedicated website! But these two deserve your attention for more than just that reason, these are most probably two final designs of 2018 World Cup venues.