|Tournament||World Cup 2018|
|Cost||RUB 17.8 mld / bn|
|Construction||2015 - 03/2018|
Description: Stadion Kaliningrad
This compromise concept for new Kaliningrad stadium was created in 2014. Its aim was to maximally facilitate construction (vast use of prefabs) in order to meet the 2017 FIFA deadline. Additionally, the stadium is expected to be one of the cheapest Russia will build for the tournament. This is possible thanks to FIFA’s approval for capacity decrease to 35,000 net.
The stadium will be built on October Island, where site was cleared long before that concept was even created. Before, there were two different visions for the site, but both of them proved too complex and expensive, leaving very little time to actually deliver a stadium.
Initial ideas saw the stadium as a catalyst for vast revitalization of the October Island, but in the short term only open public spaces will be created.
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.
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: Groundbreaking in Kaliningrad this summer?
It’s officially the most delayed stadium of the 2018 World Cup. Groundbreaking is expected around August-September. Although it should still be finished ahead of FIFA’s deadline.
New design: Poor relative of other 2018 stadiums
Compared to nearly all other stadiums of the 2018 World Cup, the Kaliningrad one is by far the most modest. Is that a bad choice? Not necessarily, it seems like the most sensible one for sure.