|Tournament||World Cup 2018|
|Cost||RUB 18.2 mld / bln|
|Construction||21/07/2014 - 25/04/2018|
|Design||GUS SO TerrNIIgrazhdanproekt, PI Arena|
Description: Samara Arena
The GMP Architekten concept sees double-tiered stands covered with large, 60-meter high dome (initially planned to reach 80m). Covered with translucent panels the stadium should resemble a gemstone.
Audience should see skyboxes on both sides of the pitch, on two floors. Altogether this gives 1,200 luxurious seats, almost double the FIFA expectations.
Stadium of the Year: Jury Vote – 3rd | Samara Arena
It's the only stadium to reach this year's podium in BOTH votes, which itself deserves recognition! After all, great reception by both fans and experts is a rare treat. Samara Arena lost the Jury Award very slightly, you might be shocked!
Russia 2018: Samara Arena among most expensive to maintain
The World Cup is over for them, now Samara Arena is facing the challenge of daily operation. And it's quite a big one, this stadium is among the most expensive in terms of annual maintenance cost.
New stadium: Samara Arena
The spaceship stadium was the single last one to 'land' and open its doors to Russian spectators ahead of the 2018 World Cup. It's not really finished yet, but operational and ready for the international tournament.
Russia 2018: Green light, all stadiums ready!
Make no mistake, construction isn't over. Still, Samara Arena was officially approved for use today, just 24 hours before its first test game ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
Russia 2018: The last one gets its field
It's the only stadium not to be handed over for the 2018 World Cup yet. It's thus no surprise that Samara Arena is also the last one to get its field. In fact, installation won't be complete until just before the first game.
Russia 2018: Mission impossible in Samara
They failed in December, failed in March. The latest deadline for Samara Arena is April 25, just 3 days (!) before the first game. This cannot end well and it won't. According to fine reporting by Kommersant, more issues with the stadium will surface.
Russia 2018: Samara Arena's dome ready in 74%
Though the stadium should have been ready by the end of 2017, work is still underway. Most tasks are nearing the finish line, though quite a lot is yet to be done at the most decorative feature: its dome.
Russia 2018: Another alteration in Samara's dome
As cost-cutting efforts continue, the iconic dome of Samara Arena will be covered by polycarbonate in less than 50%, while the remainder will be simple profiled tinware.
Russia 2018: Milestone reached, but Samara still troubled
First of 32 immense girders already tops the stadium nicknamed Cosmos Arena. The Samara venue for 2018 World Cup will prove much more expensive than planned. And it’s 3 months delayed as of now.
Russia 2018: Samara stadium twice as expensive?!
It’s been clear that contractor change is caused by insufficient funding, but the scale remained unclear until now. Samara Arena may be over two times more expensive than planned.
Russia 2018: Contractor abandons Samara Arena
PSO Kazan is no longer in charge of the construction in Samara. The company would not complete the project within promised budget and had to step down.
Russia 2018: First piece of Samara dome put in place
This will be one of the most futuristic stadiums in Russia, rightly nicknamed Cosmos Arena. Yesterday the mounting of first 134-ton roof segment ended.
New construction: Not afraid of winter in Samara
They’re well advanced and ahead of schedule. From now on the builders in Samara are also possible to admire via StadiumDB!
Samara: Foundations half-way, design alterations to come
Half of the extensive foundation works was already delivered in Samara. But as construction speeds up, the documentation of Kosmos Arena is expected to change.
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.
Russia: Ground broken in Samara, budget set at €300 million
Last week saw the official groundbreaking ceremony in Samara, one of Russia’s World Cup cities. In 2017 the new arena will be ready and is expected to cost RUB 14.5 billion, over €300 million.
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.