Fisht Olympic Stadium

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Fisht Olympic Stadium
Fisht Stadium in January 2018.jpg
Fisht Olympic Stadium in January 2018.
Location Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia
Coordinates 43°24′08″N 39°57′22″E / 43.4022667°N 39.9561111°E / 43.4022667; 39.9561111Coordinates: 43°24′08″N 39°57′22″E / 43.4022667°N 39.9561111°E / 43.4022667; 39.9561111
Owner Government of Russia (Olympstroy)
Capacity 41,220 (FIFA World Cup)
40,000 (after FIFA World Cup)
Field size 105 x 68 m
Surface Grass
Opened 2013[2]
Construction cost US $779 million
Architect Populous,[1] Buro Happold

Fisht Olympic Stadium (Russian: Олимпийский стадион «Фишт») is an outdoor stadium in Sochi, Russia. Located in Sochi Olympic Park and named after Mount Fisht, the 40,000-capacity stadium was constructed for the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, where it served as the venue for their opening and closing ceremonies.

The stadium was originally built as an enclosed facility; it was re-opened in 2016 as an open-air football stadium, to host matches as part of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup.


Fisht Olympic Stadium was designed by Populous and British design consultancy BuroHappold Engineering. The stadium's roof was built from approximately 36,500 square metres (393,000 sq ft) of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) and was designed to give the roof the appearance of snowy peaks. The bowl opens to the north, allowing a direct view of the Krasnaya Polyana Mountains, and the upper deck is open to the south, allowing a view of the Black Sea.[3][4]

The canopy over the Western and Eastern stands is covered with translucent ethylene tetrafluoroethylene. The material offers superior strength and corrosion resistance. Fisht is a UEFA category 4 stadium. The field size of the Fisht Stadium is 105x68 m. The stadium has four stands: two on the sides under a translucent polycarbonate canopy and two open front stands.

  • 2006. Initial estimates placed the cost of construction to Russia at 1.7 billion rubles.
  • The architectural design was developed by Populous, a company with previous experience in designing similar facilities for Johannesburg.
  • 2008. Site clearing and purchasing of land began.
  • Starting in 2008, the Government began to clear the territory for the future Olympic facility, buying land from the local population.
  • 2010. Construction of the Fisht Stadium began. A symbolic capsule was planted bearing the message “Believe in yourself, and together we will win” and marking the start of construction.
  • 2011. The initial design was altered. According to some sources, changes were made at the request of Director of the Olympics Opening Ceremony Konstantin Ernst.
  • 2013. Construction of the stadium was completed. The stadium was the last Olympics facility to be commissioned.

Having opened in 2013, it cost US$779 million to build the stadium.[2] The stadium complex now serves as a training centre and match venue for the Russia national football team, and served as a site for matches during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[5][2]

The stadium's capacity will be temporarily expanded to 41,220 through temporary seating at the open ends of the stadium.[6] The capacity will be reduced to 40,000 after the World Cup in 2018.

Location and Access

Fisht Stadium is located in Sochi, in the Sochi Olympic Park in Adler, south of the Sochi Airport, at 15 Olympic Avenue. The Fisht Stadium can be reached by buses 57, 117, 125, 134, 173. A suburban electric train Sochi–Adler–Olympic Park also provides access to the stadium.

Safety and security

By March 15, 2017, the stadium obtained a building safety certificate, detailing its evacuation routes, fire-fighting systems and emergency response procedures.[7] The certificate was a legal confirmation that Fisht was ready to host matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup.[8] During the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches, the stadium will be serviced by 2,000 surveillance cameras [9]and 600 EMERCOM employees will be ensuring the security at Fisht.[10]

Services for Fans

The following services are available to fans visiting the Fisht Stadium:

  • Navigation and information support from volunteers.
  • Information (children registration point, stroller storage, lost and found office).
  • Storage room.
  • Audio descriptive commentary for the fans who are blind or visually impaired.

Seating options include non-standard seats for plus-size spectators. The stadium stands include special observation area for people with disabilities that offers space for wheelchairs and accompanying persons.

Post-Olympics usage

Fisht Olympic Stadium following the 2014 Winter Olympics.

In January 2015, a 3 billion ruble (US$46 million) project began to renovate the stadium in preparation for the FIFA Confederations Cup and World Cup; among other changes, the closed roof was removed in order to make the stadium compliant with FIFA regulations. The work was expected to be completed by June 2016, but the completion date was pushed back to November 2016.[11][12]

Only two stadiums will have hosted the Winter Olympics and matches of the FIFA World Cup — Fisht and Stadio Olimpico in Turin, Italy. Fisht is the only stadium to have hosted Winter Olympics and matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup.[citation needed]

Panoramic view of the interior of the stadium .


In October 2013, the Central Bank of Russia issued a commemorative 100-ruble note to mark 100 days before the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The blue-tinted banknote depicts a flying snowboarder on one side, and on the other the Fisht Olympic Stadium and a firebird.[13][14]

Tournament results

2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
June 19, 2017 18:00  Australia 2–3  Germany Group B 28,605[15]
June 21, 2017 21:00  Mexico 2–1  New Zealand Group A 25,133[16]
June 25, 2017 18:00  Germany 3–1  Cameroon Group B 30,230[17]
June 29, 2017 21:00  Germany 4–1  Mexico Semi-final 37,923[18]

2018 FIFA World Cup

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
June 15, 2018 21:00  Portugal  Spain Group B
June 18, 2018 18:00  Belgium  Panama Group G
June 23, 2018 21:00  Germany  Sweden Group F
June 26, 2018 17:00  Australia  Peru Group C
June 30, 2018 21:00 Winner Group A Runner-up Group B Round of 16
July 7, 2018 21:00 Winner Match 51 Winner Match 52 Quarter-finals


  1. ^ Sochi 2014 Main Stadium Archived 2010-02-15 at the Wayback Machine. architect: Populous
  2. ^ a b c "Fisht Olympic Stadium". Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  3. ^ Design for two major Sochi 2014 venues approved Archived October 31, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ [1] Archived September 8, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "FIFA Picks Cities for World Cup 2018". RIA Novosti. 2012-09-29. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  6. ^ "Fisht Stadium". FIFA. 
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  11. ^ "Russia to Spend $50 Million Taking Roof Off Sochi Olympic Stadium". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "Russia 2018 preparations suffer setback as Sochi Olympic Stadium completion date pushed back". Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "100 days to go to Sochi 2014". Populous. 31 October 2013. 
  14. ^ Zaccardi, Nick (30 October 2013). "Russia Central Bank issues special Sochi Olympic banknote". Olympic Talk. NBC Sports. 
  15. ^ "Match report – Group B – Australia - Germany" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  16. ^ "Match report – Group A – Mexico - New Zealand" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017. 
  17. ^ "Match report – Group B – Germany - Cameroon" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 25 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017. 
  18. ^ "Match report – Semi-final – Germany - Mexico" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 29 June 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2017. 

External links

  • Fisht Olympic stadium construction
  • http://sch_stadium_eng
Preceded by
BC Place
Winter Olympics
Opening and Closing Ceremonies (Olympic Stadium)

Succeeded by
Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium
Preceded by
BC Place
Winter Paralympics
Opening and Closing Ceremonies (Olympic Stadium)

Succeeded by
Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium
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