|Tournament||World Cup 2018|
|Cost||RUB 12.7 mld / bn|
|Construction||2015 - 2017|
|Design||ABD Architect, PI Arena|
Description: Tsentralnyj Stadion
The plan foresees building a new stadium within the historical bowl. This was enabled by FIFA’s minimum capacity reduction from 40,000 to 35,000 net. Most of the spectators would be seated along the sides, on double-tiered stands. Sections behind goals would be dominantly temporary, allowing for legacy-mode reduction to under 25,000.
The concept includes adding glass as a nearly-neutral backdrop to the historical facades, but both the aesthetics and functionality of the proposal were met with mixed reactions.
Yekaterinburg: Thousand tons released above the stands
Until this week it was supported by temporary pillars and hydraulic jacks. Now the 1,000-ton roof structure no longer needs them, it’s hanging safely above the future stadium.
Russia 2018: 9 months of progress in Yekaterinburg
They began construction as one of the last cities in Russia, but are now well into the project, not threatened to miss the FIFA deadlines. See how the Yekaterinburg host stadium has changed.
New construction: Yekaterinburg stadium gutted
This may just be the most difficult Project of the 2018 World Cup. After 9 months of dismantling the interior, historic outer walls of the Yekaterinburg stadium await new structures growing inside.
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: „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.
New design: Is this the 2018 WC cheapest stadium?
It’s supposed to seat 35,000 people during the tournament and over 10,000 less in legacy mode. It’s also expected to be cheap… at least in comparison to other Russian venues.