Saint Petersburg Stadium

Capacity64 468
ClubsFK Zenit Sankt-Pieterburg
Floodlights 2,000 lux
Inauguration 22/04/2017 (Zenit - Ural Yekaterinburg, 2-0)
Construction 12/2006 - 31/03/2017
Cost RUB 42.8 billion
Design Kisho Kurokawa Architect & Associates
Contractor Inzhtransstroi / Metrostroi


Saint Petersburg Stadium – tournament stadium description


Following the fall of USSR, the dated Kirov Stadium, known for its immense floodlight masts, fell into disrepair and became widely considered outdated, no longer suiting neither local, nor international demand.

Demolition of the old stadium began in late 2006, while actual construction works followed in 2007 and were expected to end in 2009. With less than 3 years planned, the stadium actually took over 10 years to deliver, exceeding a dozen deadlines and causing actual outrage across Russia. Among the causes were numerous changes to the design, even to the extent that some elements were built, demolished and rebuilt.


Though a new stadium, it had a long history well before opening. In 2004 Saint Petersburg took the decision to rebuild the old Kirov Stadium on Krestovskiy Ostrov. International design competition saw renowned Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa defeat competitors with an evolution of his Toyota Stadium idea.

That idea included 8 tall spires piercing through the seating bowl and roof. Each of them inclined inwards would then lend support to the entire dome, making it almost hover in the air, at least visually. Along competition rules the stadium had to include retractable roof, field sliding out and respect the landfill slopes with decorative architecture in the east, left after Kirov Stadium.

Kurokawa died early into the stadium’s construction and design was changed immensely compared to the initial idea. Retractable roof system had to be replaced by a different one because Kurokawa planned to use thin membrane which would immediately crack in tough climate of northern Russia. A two-sided solid dome was designed in its place.

Also the hovering upper stands were replaced by heavier, bulkier ones. While visually less attractive, this allowed to create far more floor space for future use. Altogether the stadium offers 286,000 m2 spread across 9 floors!

The key features remained and 8 tall pylons indeed rise high into the city’s skyline. While the tallest point of retractable roof is at 79 meters, the spires reach 110 meters each. They give support to a truly stunning roof of 32,000 tons and 71,000 m2!

The eastern approach to the stadium with colonnades and fountains running along stairs was also retained, as required. And yes, the stadium also has the required sliding field, which can roll out of the stadium for optimum sunlight on a massive 8,400-ton platform, to rest on the riverside of Malaya Neva.

Over time final capacity has been increased from the initial 62,000 to nearly 69,000, in order to gain importance and give the stadium more leverage in competing for major events, primarily the World Cup semifinal (the increase took place after Russia was awarded hosting rights for the 2018 World Cup).

World Cup games

PhaseGameAttendanceDate (CET)
 Group B   Morocco 0–1 Iran   62,548 15.06.2018 17:00 
 Group A   Russia 3–1 Egypt   64,468 19/06/2018 20:00 
 Group E   Brazil 2–0 Costa Rica   64,468 22/06/2018 14:00
 Group D   Nigeria 1–2 Argentina   64,468 26/06/2018 20:00
 Round of 16   Sweden 1–0 Switzerland     64,042 03/07/2018 16:00
 Semifinal   France 1-0 Belgium   64,268 10/07/2018 20:00
 3rd place match    Belgium 2–0 England   64,406 14/07/2018 16:00
   Brazuca 14 goals / Avg: 2 Total: 448,686 / Avg: 64,098


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