The ”Otkritie Arena” stadium in Moscow is the only FIFA World Cup stadium, which has been financed by a private person. Leonid Fedun became the owner of the “Spartak” club in 2003, after which there appeared rumors that a new stadium was to be built for one of the most popular football teams in Russia. As the construction was in full swing and the outlines could be discerned, the stadium got its name – “Otkritie Arena,” in honor of one of the project investors, the “Otkritie” bank.
The stadium is located at the Tushino airfield, which is a picturesque place in the North of Moscow, known for mass open air events taking place on its grounds. However, FIFA 2018 fans may not worry about the long distance travel to the stadium from the Moscow City as public transportation will be available for use.
It is hard to overestimate the importance of the new sport complex for Russian football fans, and not only for the “Spartak” ones. The club has never had its own premises, and now, after the decades of its fine career, the “red-whites” get a cutting-edge sporting venue. Having taken the best from the recent developments and having implemented innovative trends, the stadium is considered to be one of the most up-to-date ones in the world. The construction costs are estimated at about 15 billion dollars.
In compliance with the requirements for World Cup stadiums, the arena fits 45 000 fans. The great opening took place on September 5th, 2014. “Otkritie Arena” became the first completed FIFA 2018 venue. Starting from the 2014-15 season, the stadium has been hosting the Russian Cup home games and the European Cup matches, and will continue to do so after the FIFA 2018 games are over.
“Spartak” Metro Station
The erection of “Otkritie Arena” has also played an important social role for the area. Now, Tushino features another underground station – “Spartak,” the construction of which has been resumed after decades of stagnation and is definitely to enhance the area infrastructure as well as its recreation potential.