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Kazan Arena

A general view of Kazan Arena in Kazan
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History
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, and also served as a FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 venue.

Design
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.

Legacy
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.

Fact file
Host City: Kazan
Project: New stadium
Capacity: 42,873
Location: Chistopolskaya Street, Novo-Savinovsky district
Home Team: Rubin Kazan