With the 2018 World Cup in Russia less than a month away, the hype and excitement surrounding the spectacle is growing with each and every day.
Located in the heart of Russia's former capital and second largest city, the Krestovsky Stadium has the bragging rights of boasting the fact it is the most expensive football stadium to ever be built. Designed to resemble a spaceship, it has sadly been beset by financial difficulties surrounding its budget and there is a possibility there might be further delays on the horizon.
Only the second venue in history to host both the Winter Olympics and the World Cup, Sochi's Olympic Stadium was designed to host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Sochi games. Designed to resemble an egg-shape, its name comes from the nearby Fisht mountain and houses 40,000 fans.
Strikingly beautiful and something of a revolution in the field of stadium architecture, the Cosmos stadium has a claim to being one of the most stunning looking football grounds in the world. Holding 45,000 fans, its a testament to Russia's proud history in the field of space travel and is designed to resemble an asteroid.
Based in the capital of the country, Luzhniki Stadium has the honour of not only being the biggest stadium at this summer's World Cup (housing 81,000 fans) but will also be the location of the final being played. Built initially during the 1950s and the centre piece of the 1980 Olympics, it has been massively reinvested and renovated in order to bring about its full potential for the competition.
Ekaterinburg Arena holds one of the most remarkable and innovative pieces of architecture ever displayed on any football stadium in the world; constructed during massive renovations to the ground, the Ekaterinburg Arena is the first football stadium in the world to house spectators outside the ground. With the added two temporary stands, the Arena's capacity rises to over 45,000.
Already home to one of the biggest and most supported teams in Russia in Spartak Moscow, the Spartak stadium is a newly built and beautifully furnished ground renovated massively for the games. Housing 45,000 fans at gross capacity, the stadium has seen huge improvements in its on-site museum, facilities and even going as far as adding a new underground station nearby.
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