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The Luzhniki stadium renovation to be completed as scheduled in 2017


Moscow - Luzhniki StadiumMoscow - Luzhniki StadiumThe principal venue for the 2018 World Cup will be the renovated Luzhniki stadium, which will, among other matches, host the final on 8th July. Those were the main reasons for the major renovation of the largest Russian stadium, the home ground of Spartak Moscow until recently. In 2014 the club moved to the newly built Otkritie Arena, which will provide another venue for the World Cup. Moscow will be the only city, in which matches will be played at two stadiums.

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Britannia Stadium, the stylish name of the Stoke City stadium is no longer used


Stoke on Trent - bet365 StadiumStoke on Trent - bet365 StadiumSince its opening in 1997 the Stoke City stadium has had a stylish name – Britannia Stadium. In June 2016 the gambling company Bet365 got a naming-rights deal for the next six years. The company also agreed to redevelop the stadium in 2017. This will mainly concern the increase in capacity by 1,800 seats, achieved by building a corner stand in the east part of the stadium. After the redevelopment, the Bet365 Stadium will hold 30,000 spectators.

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Modernization of the Sevilla FC stadium done in three stages


Sevilla - Estadio R. S. PizjuánSevilla - Estadio R. S. PizjuánIn 2015 the Sevilla FC stadium - Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán - underwent major modernization. Even though the stadium does not resemble modern arenas, which are being built nowadays, the renovation did improve the stadium facilities. Architects of new arenas typically deal with retractable roofs or moveable pitches, whereas the owners of the Andalusian club had different plans, given their financial possibilities. It was only the main stand that was covered by roof prior the modernization and this has not changed after it.

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Olympiastadion in Munich, former stadium of Bayern

 

Olympiastadion (1972 - 2005)Munich - Olympiastadion

30.10.2016: The Olympic Stadium, originally built to provide venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics, was the home ground of Bayern Munich from 1972 to 2005 - Bayern spent 33 long years playing their home matches at this stadium featuring a running track. Most of the 71,000 seats are covered with canopies made of acrylic glass, which are reminiscent of spider webs. Since a renovation completed in 2011 the stadium has been used for commercial purposes. Just like Allianz Arena today, the stadium was also used by both Munich teams - Bayern and Munich 1860.

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Municipal stadium in Ostrava witnessed football euphoria


Ostrava - Municipal stadiumOstrava - Municipal stadiumQuality football as well as an incomprehensible invasion of “fans” to the pitch – all this could be seen at a derby match between the Second League teams of Baník Ostrava and SFC Opava, played in September this year. A stadium filled to capacity, beautiful and original choreographies, fantastic atmosphere – all this contributed to an unforgettable football experience. Football connoisseurs might find it surprising that Baník Ostrava, a well-known Czech football club, plays in the Second League.

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Capacity of Liverpool’s Anfield increased to 54,000


Liverpool - Anfield (photo: Pituitry)Liverpool - Anfield (photo: Pituitry)Anfield, the legendary stadium in Liverpool, has undergone renovation in the past two years – this was carried out to the Main Stand in particular. On the occasion, two tiers were added, increasing the capacity by 8,000 seats. However, before the redevelopment had begun, Liverpool had to deal with various problems and the beginning of renovation works had to be postponed. But now that all the problems have been solved, Anfield can offer space for more than 54,000 spectators. d being the sixth (capacity: 49,000).

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New CSKA Arena – the “highest” stadium in the world


Moscow - CSKA ArenaMoscow - CSKA ArenaThe highest stadium in the world – this is one of the ways to describe the new CSKA Moscow stadium. The unique feature of the stadium is the 142-metre skyscraper, in which you can find a hotel and offices and which stands in the south-west corner of the stadium. Its slightly twisted design is reminiscent of the UEFA Cup – a trophy the CSKA Moscow team won in 2005. This victory inspired the club to think of building a new stadium for 30,000 spectators.

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