Description: Sinara Arena
The latest concept for Ekaterinburg is the first so far to foresee complete demolition of the historical eastern and western facades that exist today. Retaining them was a challenge during previous attempts to renovate the stadium and works on reconstructing it ahead of the 2010 World Cup.
These listed monuments are to be recreated once the stadium is done, however, becoming its southern and northern entry gates. Not integrated into the stadium they are expected to still play the intended aesthetic role and provide an exciting entrance for fans walking towards the stadium.
With no limits on the very stadium site any more, the new stands are to take a very conventional form with two large tiers divided by a small skybox balcony. Capacity should exceed 44,000 people, the FIFA-required 40,000 net-capacity.
The concrete stands will be enclosed by a light steel frame, which will support both the roof and facades. Two different materials spread geometrically over the frame should create a dynamic and modern image of the stadium.
Russia 2018: Two stadiums of the World Cup downsized
Kaliningrad and Yekaterinburg will see both their stadiums have capacity of 35,000 instead of 45,000 indicated previously. FIFA approved the change, which means a completely new design and trouble for Yekaterinburg.
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 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.
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.