Stadion FK Krasnodar

Capacity34 291
3,197 (Business seats)
Country Russia
CityKrasnodar
ClubsFK Krasnodar
Inauguration 09/10/2016 (Russia - Costa Rica, 3-4)
Construction 2012 - 30/09/2016
Cost RUB 20 billion
Design SPeeCH Architecture Office, GMP Architekten
Design time 2012
Contractor ESTA Construction
Address Kruglikovskaja ulica, 350000 Krasnodar, Krasnodarski Kraj, Russia

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Description: Stadion FK Krasnodar

First ever own stadium for just-established team FC Krasnodar was commissioned in 2011 by billionaire Sergei Galitsky. The project was awarded to SPeeCH, who earlier delivered smaller facilities for the club. This Russian office benefitted from international cooperation with greats like GMP Architekten and Schlaich Bergermann & Partners. The outcome is a clear, simple and elegant form resembling the Roman Coliseum.

With oval footprint, the stadium rises to 42.8 meters, nearly equaling the height of 17-floor blocks erected simultaneously just north of the building. South of the stadium a large public park was planned as an extension of stadium plaza. East side neighbours with FC Krasnodar’s football academy, while the west is the main façade fans are expected to see.

And it’s quite some façade! From the covered turnstiles, through a vast landscaped plinth, to the very Coliseum-alike colonnade, the stadium is thought-through in every detail. While it’s concrete as usual deep down, all of the main structure is clad with Italian stone and metal, creating a striking visual effect.

Once fans reach the colonnade, they’re already at the top of the auditorium’s lower tier. There are two floors below them (largely used for underground parking) and two above them. The seating bowl itself is very compact, able to hold 34,000 people. Initial announcements suggested an expansion option would be included, but that did not happen.

The emphasis is on comfort, thus the high-end furnishings. Even the concrete beneath individual seats is painted, getting darker towards the highest rows. This way it almost blends with the stadium’s signature feature, the world’s first panoramic stadium screen, covering over 4,800 m2 between fans and the roof. The surface makes it Europe’s largest by far and enables the creation of unique atmosphere during events.

Above the auditorium there’s a roof like you’ve seen at many stadia created by GMP and SBP. Except that this one is the first cable and membrane roof to have giant heaters mounted beneath it, assuring that fans are warm even during harsh winters in Krasnodar.

The stadium offers 82,000 m2 of floor space, a lot of which is used to provide 249 parking bays underneath the stands. Another major part is used for corporate hospitality as business seats are spread through all four stands. There are 21 private boxes (and a 22nd large presidential one) and a total of 3,197 business seats.

Due to the use of expensive stock and advanced technologies, the stadium proved very expensive. It was estimated by Galitsky that it consumed over RUB 20 billion ($316 million upon handover on Sept 30, 2016). It’s the most expensive private stadium ever to be built in Russia, but also one of the world’s most expensive venues in the ‘price per seat’ category.

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