Luzhniki stadium to host 2018 World Cup Final

Moscow - Luzhniki StadiumMoscow - Luzhniki Stadium 01.06.2015: The 21st World Cup will be played in 2018 in Russia at twelve stadiums in eleven cities. 32 national teams will take part in the tournament and one of them will win the Cup in the final played on 8th July 2018 at the Luzhniki Stadium, the largest stadium in Russia with a capacity of 81,000 seats. Russia, then the Soviet Union was not awarded the 1990 World Cup, which was eventually played in Italy. It will therefore be the first World Cup in history to be played in Russia, a country situated on two continents.

In order to be ready to host such significant sporting event, the Luzhniki Stadium is currently undergoing rebuilding, converting the track and field stadium into a football-only stadium with a capacity of 81,000 seats. In September 2013 old stands were demolished and construction of new stands began – these will be extended closer to the pitch. Currently, the roof is being extended to cover more of the stands and the pitch. The construction should be completed and the stadium should be officially opened in the first half of 2017, approximately a year before the World Cup.
  Reconstriction of Luzhniki Stadium (2013 - 2015)
 
Photo: Mos.ru (CC BY 3.0)
 

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