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 on matchdays 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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Host City: Ekaterinburg Location: Mayakovsky Central Park of Entertainment and Culture Description: Located just outside the city centre in a popular and well-known amusement park Capacity: 17,000
Host City: Kaliningrad Location: Tsentralnaya Square Description: Historical square in the very city centre, conveniently situated on the way from the city to the stadium Capacity: 15,000
Host City: Kazan Location: Family Center Kazan Description: Iconic area opposite the city centre, regularly visited by tourists and citizens Capacity: 25,000
Host City: Moscow Location: Vorobyovy Gory Description: 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 Capacity: 25,000
Host City: Nizhny Novgorod Location: Minina i Pozharskogo Square Description: Placed next to the Kremlin and a busy pedestrian street, this is a unique location in the heart of the city Capacity: 15,000
Host City: Rostov-on-Don Location: Teatralnaya Square Description: Large square close to the city centre that is a well-known event location for the local community Capacity: 25,000
Host City: Saint Petersburg Location: Konyushennaya Square Description: 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 Capacity: 15,000
Host City: Samara Location: Kuybysheva Square Description: The largest square in Russia, located in the heart of the city, in front of the opera and ballet theatre Capacity: 20,000
Host City: Saransk Location: Sovetskaya Square Description: The main square of Saransk, located in the city centre, and regularly used for major city events Capacity: 20,000
Host City: Sochi Location: South Mall of the Seaport Description: Most iconic location in the heart of Sochi’s city, at the famous beach promenade Capacity: 10,000
Host City: Volgograd Location: 62 Armii Embankment Description: Iconic location in the city centre, along the Volga river and connected to the main pedestrian routes Capacity: 15,000