Fisht Olympic Stadium
|Construction||2009 - 2014|
|Cost||$603 million (?)|
Description: Fisht Olympic Stadium
Before the final concept by Populous was revealed in 2009, two other variants were discussed: one with modest, almost flat roof and small capacity and another that would see the outer shell of the stadium resemble a Fabergé egg.
All of the plans were associated with Sochi winning the rights to hold 2014 Winter Olympics. Eventual project included a dynamic roof that peaks at central point of the stadium, resembling a mountain. Fittingly, the stadium was soon named Fisht after a local peak. Both ends were left uncovered and with room for only small stands, allowing fans to look at the see (south) and mountains (north) from the stands.
Construction began in 2009 in the town Adler, some 20km south of Sochi. Wetlands covering the site required significant preparatory works and while in progress the project was found not to have environmental approvals, while it was done on protected natural habitat. Eventually it received all permissions, but with major controversy.
The progress was much slower than anticipated and led to no test events being held in 2013, as the IOC required. In the end only days before the opening ceremony people were allowed inside to check the logistics and safety. The ceremony itself went well in these terms, opening the stadium on February 7, 2014..
During the Olympics the stadium had 40,000 capacity, smaller than planned initially. This is due to no end sections being done, leaving room for artists’ equipment for opening and closing ceremonies. Before the 2018 World Cup the stadium will grow on both ends to hold group games. Its legacy remains unclear though because there’s no club to use it.
Russia: Sochi stadium without a host until 2018/19
Not only was it outrageously expensive, not only is it delayed yet again. Now we also know that the new Sochi stadium will not have a tenant at least until 2018/19 Premier League season.
Russia: Sochi stadium suffers major delay
We won’t see reopening of the Sochi Olympic Stadium earlier than in March of 2017. Meanwhile, the stadium was due for delivery in three months from now.
Russia 2018: Sochi speeding up for Confederations Cup
Stadion Fisht will be among the venues of 2017 Confederations Cup. To meet deadlines, employment on site will grow by 25% in 2016.
Russia 2018: Grass in Sochi by year end
No sooner than two years after official opening will Stadion Fisht actually become usable for football. Current preparation progress for the 2018 World Cup stands at just 35%. Why?
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: Fisht Stadium soon under construction again
Though already among the world’s most expensive, the Olympic stadium in Sochi will cost a whopping RUB 3.5 billion more as redevelopment contract is awarded, Kommersant informs.
Sochi: Zhemchuzhina to return, but what for?
Local people aren’t particularly unhappy without their former football club, but it’s announced to return. This time it sounds like an alibi for Stadion Fisht standing empty.
Sochi: What’s next for Fisht? Not much, sadly
Two weeks of 2014 Winter Olympics have passed and so has the event calendar for the tournament’s main stadium. First football games is scheduled for mid-2017, no solid plans for other events are in place.
New stadium: Fisht Olympic Stadium
The giant in Sochi officially begins life tonight. It lost a lot of its aesthetics after temporary structures were added, but is still impressive. And apart from the opening ceremony content only its price remains a secret.