Krestovsky Stadium

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Krestovsky Stadium
Spb 06-2017 img40 Krestovsky Stadium.jpg
Location Krestovsky Island, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Coordinates 59°58′22.63″N 30°13′13.92″E / 59.9729528°N 30.2205333°E / 59.9729528; 30.2205333Coordinates: 59°58′22.63″N 30°13′13.92″E / 59.9729528°N 30.2205333°E / 59.9729528; 30.2205333
Public transit

Frunzensko-Primorskaya Line Frunzensko-Primorskaya Line

Krestovsky Island Station, Saint Petersburg Metro
Owner Zenit Saint Petersburg
Capacity 64,287 (in FIFA World Cup)
~ 80,000 (Сoncert events)[1]
Surface Grass
Construction
Broke ground 2007
Opened 2017
Construction cost $1 billion[2]
Architect Kisho Kurokawa
Tenants
FC Zenit St. Petersburg
Website
Official website

The Krestovsky Stadium[3] (Russian: Стадион «Крестовский»), also called Zenit Arena, is a retractable roof stadium in the western portion of Krestovsky Island in Saint Petersburg, Russia, which serves as home for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg[4]. The stadium was opened in 2017 for the FIFA Confederations Cup.[5] Initially, it was planned to be completed by December 2008,[6] which was changed to late 2011[7] and was scheduled to open in 2017. As of May 2017, the stadium is 518% late and 548% over budget.[8][9][10] The stadium has a capacity of 68,134 people.[11] It is called Saint Petersburg Stadium during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup[12] and 2018 FIFA World Cup.[13]

Overview

The competition between architectural projects was won by Kisho Kurokawa's "The Spaceship". The design of the stadium is a modified and enlarged version of Toyota Stadium in Toyota City, Japan, which was also designed by Kurokawa. The stadium is being built on the location where the former Kirov Stadium used to stand before it was demolished.

In January 2009 The St. Petersburg Times reported that the project was now to be funded by the city government of St Petersburg, with Gazprom switching to build a separate skyscraper project. The City Hall had to step in after Gazprom declined to invest any further money into the stadium's construction.[14]

On 25 July 2016 the general contractor, Inzhtransstroy-Spb, issued a statement that the city authorities have failed to pay 1 billion rubles ($15.8 million at the current exchange rate) worth of construction work and stopped the work. The next day the contract was terminated. On 1 August there were reports of wind damage to parts of the metal sheathing, and a flood.[15][16]

In the end of August 2016, the new general contractor, Metrostroy, resumed construction works on the site.[17]

On 17 June 2017, the first game was held on the stadium with the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Group A match between the host Russia and New Zealand.[18]

On 2 July 2017, the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup final match was held on the stadium between Chile and Germany.[19]

A panoramic photograph of the stadium
during 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup final match

2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
17 June 2017 18:00  Russia 2–0  New Zealand Group A 50,251[20]
22 June 2017 18:00  Cameroon 1–1  Australia Group B 35,021[21]
24 June 2017 18:00  New Zealand 0–4  Portugal Group A 56,290[22]
2 July 2017 21:00  Chile 0–1  Germany Final 57,268[23]

2018 FIFA World Cup

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
15 June 2018 18:00 B3 B4 Group B
19 June 2018 21:00  Russia A3 Group A
22 June 2018 15:00 E1 E3 Group E
26 June 2018 21:00 D4 D1 Group D
3 July 2018 17:00 Winner Group F Runner-up Group E Round of 16
10 July 2018 21:00 Winner Match 57 Winner Match 58 Semi-final
14 July 2018 17:00 Loser Match 61 Loser Match 62 Third place match

Picture gallery

References

  1. ^ "Facts about stadium - Official site of Zenit Arena / Piter Arena in Saint Petersburg". 
  2. ^ "ПРОВЕРКИ ОРГАНОВ ГОСУДАРСТВЕННОЙ ВЛАСТИ". 
  3. ^ "Стадион получит название "Крестовский" - Официальный сайт стадиона Зенит-Арена / Питер-Арена на Крестовском острове". 
  4. ^ (in Russian) St. Petersburg Gorzakaz construction tender announcement
  5. ^ Match report – Group A – Russia - New Zealand
  6. ^ New stadium at Zenit's website (in Russian)
  7. ^ ""Газпром-Арена". Лучше, но позже - Невское время". 
  8. ^ "Case Study – What Happens When Corruption Meets Incompetence - Krestovsky Stadium". Moscow Times. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 3 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "FIFA confident that stadium in St. Petersburg will meet all requirements". TASS. 26 December 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  10. ^ Match report – Group A – Russia - New Zealand
  11. ^ FIFA.com. "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia - Destination - FIFA.com". 
  12. ^ FIFA.com. "FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 - Saint Petersburg - FIFA.com". 
  13. ^ Stadium names for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ confirmed. FIFA.
  14. ^ "City Hall Pulls Out of Skyscraper, Redirects Funds to New Stadium". The St. Petersburg Times. 13 January 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "У "Зенит-Арены" снесло крышу" (in Russian). Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  16. ^ "Строящийся стадион "Зенита" начал уходить под воду" (in Russian). Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  17. ^ "Мутко: уровень беспокойства за стадион в Санкт-Петербурге понизят в сентябре" (in Russian). Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  18. ^ Match report – Group A – Russia - New Zealand
  19. ^ Match report – Final – Chile - Germany
  20. ^ "Match report – Group A – Russia - New Zealand" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 17 June 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  21. ^ "Match report – Group B – Cameroon - Australia" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  22. ^ "Match report – Group A – New Zealand - Portugal" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 24 June 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
  23. ^ "Match report – Final – Chile - Germany" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 2 July 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2017. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Live webcam of stadium construction at http://ingtransstroy.ru
  • Updated renders of the stadium after project adjustment
  • (in English) Section about the stadium on the official website of Zenit
Preceded by
Maracanã Stadium
Rio de Janeiro
FIFA Confederations Cup
Final Venue

2017
Succeeded by
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