Football fans coming from Russia and all over the world now know exactly where to gather when looking for a joyful, friendly and unique environment to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ matches. The FIFA Fan Fest™ venues located in the eleven host cities have today been revealed following the Board Meeting of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), kick-starting the planning for these official public viewing events that offer an authentic and free of charge experience for local and visiting football fans.

“Being in the stadiums is just amazing, but there is something really special about the FIFA Fan Fest as well. It is a real party atmosphere, I guess because of the mix of people from all over the world who are there to celebrate their love for football in a very relaxed and friendly way”, says Beatriz Andrade, who attended the FIFA Fan Fest in 2006 in Germany, 2010 in South Africa and in 2014 in her home country, Brazil. “I hope we qualify for 2018 and, if so, attending the FIFA Fan Fest in Russia is for me almost a sure thing.”

Football fans will be able to choose from a diverse list of very iconic locations in 2018, such as the Sparrow Hills on the right bank of the Moskva River, the famous beach promenade in Sochi or the stunning Family Center Kazan.

“Since Germany 2006 we have this very unique way of experiencing the FIFA World Cup, which is attending the FIFA Fan Fests. I had a great time every time I went there since then and when I see the images of the future venues I can already picture how amazing it is going to be to have gathered there all those passionate fans cheering and celebrating football together”, said FIFA’s Acting Secretary General Markus Kattner. “Not by chance the FIFA Fan Fest continues to grow in scale and awareness, with over 5 million people attending the 2014 events in Brazil”, he went on to add.

“The FIFA Fan Fest will be the perfect opportunity for each of our Host Cities to show the world their unique culture and friendly hospitality. These venues will serve as informal and joyful meeting points, from where I am sure fans will take some of their best memories from the amazing event we will host in 2018”, said 2018 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee CEO, Alexey Sorokin.

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2018 FIFA Fan Fest™ - Confirmed Locations

Host City Location Description Capacity
Ekaterinburg Mayakovsky Central Park of Entertainment and Culture Located just outside the city centre in a popular and well-known amusement park 17,000
Tsentralnaya Square Historical square in the very city centre, conveniently situated on the way from the city to the stadium 25,000
Kazan Family Center Kazan Iconic area opposite the city centre, regularly visited by tourists and citizens 30,000
Moscow Vorobyovy Gory Located at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, situated on a hill on the right bank of the Moskva River, with an amazing view of the city  40,000
Nizhny Novgorod Minina i Pozharskogo Square Placed next to the Kremlin and a busy pedestrian street, this is a unique location in the heart of the city
Rostov-on-Don Teatralnaya Square Large square close to the city centre that is a well-known event location for the local community
Saint Petersburg Konyushennaya Square Located in the heart of the historical city centre, directly next to one of the city’s main sights – the Church of the Saviour of Spilled Blood  15,000
Samara Kuybysheva Square The largest square in Russia, located in the heart of the city, in front of the opera and ballet theatre
Saransk Sovetskaya Square The main square of Saransk, located in the city centre, and regularly used for major city events
Sochi South Mall of the Seaport Most iconic location in the heart of Sochi’s city, at the famous beach promenade
 Volgograd 62 Armii Embankment Iconic location in the city centre, along the Volga river and connected to the main pedestrian routes