FIFA World Cup 2018: Stadium guide and fixtures for each venue

A comprehensive look at the 12 stadiums hosting fixtures in Russia this summer

FIFA World Cup 2018: Stadium guide and fixtures for each venue
FIFA World Cup 2018: Stadium guide and fixtures for each venue

Luzhniki Stadium

Located in: Moscow

Capacity: 81,000

Luzhniki Stadium

After the world cup, this stadium will be the third one in the world that will have the honor of hosting the three big tournaments, World Cup final, European Cup final and a summer Olympics. The stadium is built again for the big event, last time it hosted Champions League final when Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties. The stadium reopened on November 11th, 2017 when Argentina was facing hosts Russia in a 1-0 friendly. The first match of the tournament will also be played here. One Semifinal and the final match are also going to be held in this stadium.


June 14th, 2018, 16:00:  Group A – Russia v Saudi Arabia

June 17th, 2018, 16:00:  Group F – Germany v Mexico

June 20th, 2018, 13:00:  Group B – Portugal v Morocco

June 26th, 2018, 15:00:  Group C – Denmark v France

July 1st, 2018, 13:00:       Round of 16 – Winner B v Runner-up A

July 11th, 2018, 19:00:    Semi-Final – Winner Match 59 v Winner Match 60

July 15th, 2018, 16:00:     Final – Winner Match 61 v Winner Match 62

Krestovsky Stadium

Located in: Saint Petersburg

Capacity: 68,134

Krestovsky Stadium

The Krestovsky Stadium is the new stadium in Zenit St Petersburg, It was expected to be built in 2009 but because of some issued, it hosted its first fixture in 2017 April. Architect Kisho Kurokawa who introduced its design passed away in 2007which cost almost €1 billion. The stadium had to be drawn again when they found out about the world cup happening in Russia for increasing its capacity to 68,000.


June 15th, 2018, 15:00:   Group B – Morocco v Iran

June 19th, 2018, 19:00:   Group A – Russia v Egypt

June 22nd, 2018, 13:00:  Group E – Brazil v Costa Rica

June 26th, 2018, 19:00:   Group D – Nigeria v Argentina

July 3rd, 2018, 15:00:       Round of 16 – Winner F v Runner-up E

July 10th, 2018, 19:00:     Semi-Final – Winner Match 57 v Winner Match 58

July 14th, 2018, 15:00:     Third Place – Loser Match 61 v Loser Match 62

Otkrytiye Arena

Located in: Moscow

Capacity: 45,360

Otkrytiye Arena

The Otkrytiye Arena is located in Moscow and it opened in 2014. This stadium was used for the Confederations Cup last summer. There are lashing VIP seats in one of the stands of the venue. To pay a tribute to the Legend of Spartan there is a 24.5-meter statue of gladiator Spartacus outside the Otkrytiye Arena. It will be hosting five matches of the world cup 2018.


June 16th, 2018, 14:00:   Group D – Argentina v Iceland

June 19th, 2018, 13:00:   Group H – Poland v Senegal

June 23rd, 2018, 13:00:   Group B – Belgium v Tunisia

June 26th, 2018, 15:00:   Group C – Serbia v Brazil

July 3rd, 2018, 19:00:       Round of 16 – Winner H v Runner-up G

Kazan Arena

Located in: Kazan

Capacity: 45,379

Kazan Arena

Along with the previous one this one also hosted the Confederation Cup and it was opened for the fixtures in 2013. The World University Games’ opening and closing ceremonies were also hosted in that stadium in 2013. This stadium has the same designing company which designed Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium. One of the Quarter Final will be played here.


June 16th, 2018, 11:00:   Group C – France vs Australia

June 20th, 2018, 19:00:   Group B – Iran vs Spain

June 24th, 2018, 17:00:   Group H – Poland vs Colombia

June 27th, 2018, 15:00:   Group F – Korea Republic vs Germany

June 30th, 2018, 15:00:   Round of 16 – Winner C vs Runner-up D

July 6th, 2018, 19:00:       Quarter Final – Winner Match 53 v Winner Match 54

Samara Arena

Located in: Samara

Capacity: 44,918

Samara Arena

The stadium is particularly built for the World Cup Event, and Samara Arena looks as awesome as guaranteed. The ground location was moved to the north of the city because its first location had lack of infrastructure and it was on an Island. There was also a bridge leading to the ground. According to Fifa, the design of the stadium is based on the theme of space.


June 17th, 2018, 14:00:   Group E – Costa Rica v Serbia

June 21st, 2018, 17:00:    Group C – Denmark v Australia

June 25th, 2018, 16:00:   Group A – Uruguay v Russia

June 28th, 2018, 16:00:   Group H – Senegal v Colombia

July 2nd, 2018, 16:00:      Round of 16 – Winner E v Runner-up F

July 7th, 2018, 16:00:       Quarter Final – Winner Match 55 v Winner Match 56

Kaliningrad Stadium

Located in: Kaliningrad

Capacity: 35,212

Kaliningrad Stadium

Kaliningrad Stadium which is also called Arena Baltika will be hosting the world cup matches this year, the stadium is located on an island in Russia. It has most modern security systems and CCTV and has two tiers. It was opened in 12 may 2018. The costs of the constructions of this stadium were € 257 million. Out of all the stadiums in the World Cup, it is the closest stadium to the European Union. Only group stage matches will be hosted in that arena.


June 16th, 2018, 20:00:   Group D – Croatia v Nigeria

June 22nd, 2018, 19:00:  Group E – Serbia v Switzerland

June 25th, 2018, 19:00:   Group B – Spain v Morocco

June 28th, 2018, 19:00:   Group G – England v Belgium

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Located in: Nizhny Novgorod

Capacity: 44,899

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium is a big stadium having a capacity of 44,899. The stadium was built again in 2018 for the World Cup 2018. It was built on an area where two famous rivers Volga and the Oka meet each other, this historic place is commonly known as “Spit”. Another fact about the stadium is that it has been designed to especially have accommodations for the persons with disabilities. It has wide seating arrangement and places for disability equipment, the toilets are also built according to the special needs.

June 18th, 2018, 13:00:   Group F – Sweden v Korea Republic

June 21st, 2018, 19:00:    Group D – Argentina v Croatia

June 24th, 2018, 13:00:   Group G – England v Panama

June 27th, 2018, 19:00:   Group E – Switzerland v Costa Rica

July 1st, 2018, 19:00:        Round of 16 – Winner D v Runner-up C

July 6th, 2018, 15:00:       Quarter Final – Winner Match 49 v Winner Match 50

Volgograd Arena

Located in: Volgograd

Capacity: 45,568

Volgograd Arena

Volgograd Arena is a soccer stadium in Volgograd. The stadium is one of the grounds for the FIFA World Cup this summer. The stadium has a capacity of 45,568 spectators. FC Rotor Volgograd is hosted by this stadiums. After the tournament, this arena will be given to FC Rotor Volgograd, where the sports activities, exibitions and festivals will be held.

June 18th, 2018, 19:00:   Group G – Tunisia v England

June 22nd, 2018, 16:00:  Group D – Nigeria v Iceland

June 25th, 2018, 15:00:   Group A – Saudi Arabia v Egypt

June 28th, 2018, 13:00:   Group H – Japan v Poland

Mordovia Arena

Located in: Saransk

Capacity: 45,015

Mordovia Arena

The Mordovia supersedes the Start Stadium, which lived not so long after its construction in 2014 because the capacity was low for a World Cup Fixtures. After the world cup the capacity will again be reduced to 20,000 because it will become the home of FC Mordovia Saransk.


June 16th, 2018, 17:00:   Group C – Peru v Denmark

June 19th, 2018, 16:00:   Group H – Colombia v Japan

June 25th, 2018, 19:00:   Group B – Iran v Portugal

June 28th, 2018, 19:00:   Group G – Panama v Tunisia

Rostov Arena

Located in: Rostov-on-Don

Capacity: 45,000

Rostov Arena



June 17th, 2018, 19:00:   Group E – Brazil v Switzerland

June 20th, 2018, 16:00:   Group A – Uruguay v Saudi Arabia

June 23rd, 2018, 19:00:   Group F – Korea Republic v Mexico

June 26th, 2018, 19:00:   Group D – Iceland v Croatia

July 2nd, 2018, 19:00:      Round of 16 – Winner G v Runner-up H

Fisht Olympic Stadium

Located in: Sochi

Capacity: 47,659

Fisht Olympic Stadium



June 15th, 2018, 19:00:   Group B – Portugal v Spain

June 18th, 2018, 16:00:   Group G – Belgium v Panama

June 23rd, 2018, 16:00:   Group F – Germany v Sweden

June 26th, 2018, 15:00:   Group C – Australia v Peru

June 30th, 2018, 19:00:   Round of 16 – Winner A v Runner-up B

July 7th, 2018, 19:00:       Quarter Final – Winner Match 51 v Winner Match 52

Ekaterinburg Arena

Located in: Yekaterinburg

Capacity: 35,000

Ekaterinburg Arena



June 15th, 2018, 15:00:   Group A – Egypt v Uruguay

June 21st, 2018, 15:00:    Group C – France v Peru

June 24th, 2018, 18:00:   Group H – Japan v Senegal

June 27th, 2018, 17:00:   Group F – Mexico v Sweden

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