|5,630 + 48 skyboxes (Business seats)|
|Clubs||FK Spartak Moskva|
|Cost||RUB 14.5 billion|
|Record attendance||43,710 (Spartak - Lokomotiv Moskva, 11/09/2016)|
|Design||AIKOM Russia Ltd (S. Bailey, P. Feoktistov, M. Yudin), Dexter Moren Associates|
Description: Otkritie Arena
For Spartak Moscow that’s the very first stadium in history. One of Russia’s most famous sides had been attempting to build a ground to call their own since 1994, but for over a decade Spartak only tasted failure.
As billionaire Leonid Fedun decided to relocate the club to north-western Tushino district, the dream became more realistic. His first plan was abandoned, but served as a base for the second one, which was drawn in detail by 2009.
In May 2010 preparatory works began on site, right next to the famous airport in Tushino. By October proper construction works were under way and delivery was announced to be late 2012. This proved impossible as 2011 brought severe delays. Along changes to the time frame, those concerning budget also came. From the initial figure of $340 million the stadium’s cost inflated to $420 million (or RUB 14 billion). However, the funding came entirely from private sources of Lukoil oligarchs Fedun and Vagit Alikperov.
Eventually even the deadline of July 2014 was exceeded very slightly, but by August the stadium was ready for opening. On August 27 president Vladimir Putin officially opened the stadium, while the first game announced was the friendly against Crvena Zvezda Belgrade (Sept 5).
Design created by AIKOM Russia and Dexter Moren Associates exploits the club crest to create the stadium’s key aesthetic feature. The stands are wrapped with scales, each shaped like the crest and coloured either red or white, accordingly to club colours. Only the main grandstand is different, completely covered with glass. Also, a large screen was mounted onto the façade in the east.
Inside the double-tiered stands accommodate 45,000 people. This means an increase from the original 35,000 planned back in 2006, but may be further expanded if need be by 4,000. This solution is expected to be used for games of the 2018 World Cup.
All of the western grandstand was given to corporate clients. The lower side provides over 5,000 premium seats, while the upper has 48 skyboxes.
Next to the stadium a complex of 6-8 training pitches is planned. And, a very rare solution worldwide, a secondary stadium will be built for games held during the harsh winter. Completely domed, the stadium will hold 12,000 people and may also be used as an independent event venue.
Moscow: Otkritie Arena will never pay for itself
General director of Moscow’s most modern stadium leaves no doubt: there is no chance that the arena will generate enough revenue to recoup construction cost.
Euro Qualifiers: England, Poland and Germany on top
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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.
Moscow: Spartak to build second stadium beside Otkritie Arena
They may be selling more season tickets than any other Russian club, but come winter majority of ticket holders stay home. That’s why a secondary indoor stadium is planned by Spartak.
Moscow: Spartak stadium accessible by boat?
It’s settled: a marina will be built beside Otkritie Arena, allowing fans to travel by boat straight from the Red Square or from the Luzhniki national stadium.
Stadium of the Year Public Vote: 3. Otkritie Arena
Amazing support from throughout Russia and support from foreigners earned Otkritie Arena the well-deserved third place. Congratulations!
Stadium of the Year: Vote closed, announcement on Thursday
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Our annual competition gives a chance to review stadium prices around the world. Chlle, Hungary and Turkey lead the way in cost-effective building, not for the first time.
Stadium of the Year 2014: Public vote begins
For one month everyone will have the chance to be part of the world’s largest stadium vote. This year it’s a tough choice with record list of 32 nominees from around the globe.
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After a week and 400 messages from our readers here they are: 32 stadiums from 20 countries around the world. Tomorrow we begin the public vote, remember to be here!
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High-speed and safe internet access to all fans allows a series of services to be deployed. Fans of Spartak should be able to order food to their seat, check parking availability or use other apps.
Stadium of the Year 2014: Time to nominate!
It’s that time of year again when we ask you which were the most important stadia opened last year. Let’s nominate them together, this time via facebook and twitter.