Two of the many host cities for Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup – Moscow and Yekaterinburg.
Back in 2016 when Michael Chan and I were doing the Trans Siberian Railway adventure, Moscow and Yekaterinburg was one of the many stops that we made.
Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow under refurbishment for the world cup 2018.
The opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia will be played here on June 14, 18:00 and finals on July 15, 18:00
The above picture was taken during our boat cruise on Moscow river.
Luzhniki Stadium after completion.
I took the above picture when we were in Yekaterinburg.
Ekaterinburg’s Tsentralny Stadium, the largest sports facility in the capital of the Urals and home of the local FC Ural, is temporarily getting a new name, Ekaterinburg Arena, for the duration of the 2018 World Cup.
Tsentralny Stadium was built in 1953-1957. Its Soviet neoclassical façade is on the cultural heritage list. The eastern and western entrance gates are porticos with columns, adorned with statues of a milling machine operator, a skier, a marksman, a footballer, a female athlete with a torch, and a steel founder. The ticket office buildings outside the entrances are shaped as pylons. Yekaterinburg Arena is sited in the central Verkh-Isetskiy District, between Ulitsa Repina and Ulitsa Pirogova, across from the 1860 John the Baptist Cathedral on the other side of Ulitsa Repina. The historical look of the building was preserved intact during the reconstruction. In fact, the architecture of the new parts of the building’s façade is intentionally neutral. They are only a backdrop, underscoring the merit of the historical parts. Following the reconstruction, completed in December 2017, the stadium now has a seating capacity of 35,000. It will be reduced to 23,000 post-World Cup.
Each stadium for the competition has to have a minimum capacity of 35,000, which was becoming an issue for the Ekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, expanding two of the stands beyond the limits of the stadium.
Among all the venue stadiums in Russia Ekateringburg Arena Stadium is the most unique and famous of all.
The 2018 World Cup venue Ekaterinburg Arena has odd new stands at either end of the pitch. The stands at either end (left and right) have been partially constructed outside of the stadium to hit a 45,000 capacity
Upcoming matches in Ekaturinburg Arena Stadium:
- Friday, 15 June 17:00 Egypt – Uruguay
- Thursday, 21 June 20:00 France – Peru
- Sunday, 24 June 20:00 Japan – Senegal
- Wednesday, 27 June 19:00 Mexico – Sweden
Here are some of the many attractions in Yekaterinburg.
Obelisk Europe-Asia Border
I’m standing on the left which is the Europe side and Michael on the right which is the Asia side.
The Church on the Blood
The events, which took place on the night of June, 17 1918, when the Tsar’s family were executed in the house of the military engineer Ipatiev in Yekaterinburg.
However, at the beginning of the 2000th it was decided to build the Church on Blood on the site of the Ipatiev House where the Romanov family were killed.
Ganina Yama Monastery
Ganina Yama Monastery stands on the site where the bodies of the last Russian Tsar and his family were thrown after their execution by the Bolsheviks.
Our young Russian tour guide from the municipal council who speaks fluent English with his old faithful Russian made car Lada which took us around Yekaterinburg.