Kazan Arena was built in preparation for the Summer World University Games in 2013, when it hosted the opening and closing ceremonies. A football pitch was installed once the games were over. The stadium hosted its first match in August 2013, when Rubin Kazan drew 1:1 with Lokomotiv Moscow.
Kazan Arena was designed by the same firm of architects as Wembley Stadium and Emirates Stadium in London. It has a unique design, which blends seamlessly into Kazan's urban landscape. Viewed from above, the arena, which stands on the banks of the Kazanka river, resembles a water-lily.
Kazan Arena will be home to Rubin Kazan. In the summer of 2015, it hosted some of the competitions at the World Aquatics Championships. Two 50-metre swimming pools were built for that event.
As well as football matches and sporting events, the stadium will host a whole range of entertainment shows, concerts and cultural events.
Host City: Kazan
Project: New stadium
Location: Chistopolskaya Street, Novo-Savinovsky district
Home Team: FC Rubin Kazan
* The number above indicates the anticipated gross capacity for this stadium in its finished state. Please note that the stadium's official capacity for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be lower due to FIFA World Cup specific requirements and constructions.