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Things you did not know about the Sydney football stadium


Sydney - Allianz StadionSydney - Allianz Stadion08.08.2017: The formerly largest football stadium in Sydney and all of Australia had its moment of fame in 2000, at the Summer Olympics. It was built in 1988 and currently has a capacity of 45,500 spectators. It provides venue mainly for rugby matches. The stadium, named Allianz Stadium since 2012, is well-known for having provided a playing venue of the Olympics as well as thanks to its wave-shaped roof.

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Volgograd Arena – a diamond of the first water among Russian stadiums


Volgograd - Volgograd ArenaVolgograd - Volgograd Arena25.07.2017: The 2018 World Cup will be played at twelve venues in eleven cities in Russia. Two of those stadiums stand in Moscow, the other ten are in cities all over Russia. The fifth largest venue for the 2018 World Cup is situated in Volgograd, a city with a population of more than a million people, located in the South European part of Russia on the river Volga. A new football stadium, with a capacity of 45,000, is being built there mainly for the purpose of providing venue for the World Cup.

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Kirov Stadium – the former home of Zenit Saint Petersburg


St. Petersburg - Kirov StadiumSt. Petersburg - Kirov Stadium17.07.2017: The construction of the Kirov stadium was done as a part of a larger project aimed at reconstruction of Saint Petersburg (then called Leningrad) ravaged by the World War II. The stadium was built on the end of Krestovsky Island, on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. Initially it could hold up to 100,000 spectators. The Kirov stadium was inaugurated on 30th July 1950, with a match between two Leningrad teams.

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Mordovia Arena – another Russian gem to be found in Saransk


Saransk - Mordovia ArenaSaransk - Mordovia Arena10.07.2017: Mordovia Arena is the new home ground of Mordovia Saransk and also another playing venue of the Russian World Cup. It is yet another example of a stadium, which will have a reduced capacity after the World Cup. In this particular case, the capacity for World Cup matches will be nearly 45,000 seats and subsequently, it will be decreased by 15,000. Nevertheless, the new stadium will still be a nice change for Mordovia fans. The current home ground – the Star Stadium – has a capacity of 10,000 spectators, as well as the unpopular athletics track.

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Fiorentina hatching plans to build a new stadium


Florence - new stadiumFlorence - new stadium28.06.2017: Considering present day standards, the Fiorentina stadium may be deemed as quite outdated, just like most stadiums in Italy. In comparison with other European countries, it is clear that Italy lags behind in the matter of building new stadiums or renovating the old ones. The obvious exception is the new Juventus Stadium, opened in 2011, and the renovated stadium in Udine. However, lack of financial means mars or at least postpones these plans, which, for the most part, exist only in theory. A new home ground would certainly please AS Rome, Lazio Rome, Palermo, as well as Fiorentina.

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Zenit Arena – a spaceship landed in Saint Petersburg


Saint Petersburg - Zenit ArenaSaint Petersburg - Zenit Arena18.06.2017: Zenit Arena, resembling a giant spaceship on the ground, will be one of the playing venues of the 2018 World Cup – the stadium, with a capacity of 69,000 seats, has been built for this particular purpose. The Petersburg Arena is now the second largest stadium in Russia, Luzhniki being the largest one. The stadium and organizers will have an opportunity to rehearse before the World Cup as Russia will be hosting the 2017 Confederations Cup. Before that, FC Zenit Saint Petersburg will have moved to their new home ground.

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