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.
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: Rubin Kazan