Krestovsky Stadium

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Saint-Petersburg 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
Owner Zenit Saint Petersburg
Operator FC Zenit Saint Petersburg
Capacity 56,196 (Russian Premier League)
67,000 (FIFA World Cup)[1]
Field size 105 x 68 m
Surface Grass
Broke ground 2007
Opened 2017
Construction cost $1 billion[2]
Architect Kisho Kurokawa
FC Zenit St. Petersburg (2017–present)
Official website

Krestovsky Stadium[3] (Russian: стадион «Крестовский»), officially Saint-Petersburg Stadium, 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 and changed again numerous times[7] until it was scheduled to open in 2017. As of May 2017, the stadium was 518% late and 548% over budget.[8][9][10] The stadium has a capacity of 67,000 people.[11] It is called Saint Petersburg Stadium during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup[12] and 2018 FIFA World Cup.[13]

At a cost of $1.1 billion at current exchange rates, it is considered one of the most expensive stadiums ever built.[14]


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.[15]

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.[16][17]

In the end of August 2016, the new general contractor, Metrostroy, resumed construction works on the site.[18]

The Norwegian magazine Josimar has reported that 110 North Korean workers were forced to work in slave-like conditions on the construction of the arena.[19]

The first official match held at the stadium was the Russian Premier League game between FC Zenit Saint Petersburg and FC Ural on 22 April 2017. The scorer of the first goal in stadium’s history became Branislav Ivanović.

On 17 June 2017, the first game of 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup was held on the stadium with the Group A match between the host Russia and New Zealand.[20]

On 2 July 2017, the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup final match was held at the stadium between Chile and Germany,[21] becoming the most attended match of the tournament and also setting the record attendance for the stadium.

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


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[22]
22 June 2017 18:00  Cameroon 1–1  Australia Group B 35,021[23]
24 June 2017 18:00  New Zealand 0–4  Portugal Group A 56,290[24]
2 July 2017 21:00  Chile 0–1  Germany Final 57,268[25]

2018 FIFA World Cup

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
15 June 2018 18:00  Morocco  Iran Group B
19 June 2018 21:00  Russia  Egypt Group A
22 June 2018 15:00  Brazil  Costa Rica Group E
26 June 2018 21:00  Nigeria  Argentina 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

UEFA Euro 2020

On 19 September 2014, it was announced by UEFA that the stadium will host four Euro 2020 finals fixtures, three group games and a quarterfinal match.[26]

Picture gallery


  1. ^
  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 Archived 19 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine. 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. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia - Destination -". 
  12. ^ "FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 - Saint Petersburg -". 
  13. ^ Stadium names for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ confirmed. FIFA.
  14. ^ Elusive arena. “Krestovsky” and 4 “most expensive” football stadium 27.01.2017
  15. ^ "City Hall Pulls Out of Skyscraper, Redirects Funds to New Stadium". The St. Petersburg Times. 13 January 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "У "Зенит-Арены" снесло крышу" (in Russian). Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  17. ^ "Строящийся стадион "Зенита" начал уходить под воду" (in Russian). Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  18. ^ "Мутко: уровень беспокойства за стадион в Санкт-Петербурге понизят в сентябре" (in Russian). Retrieved 4 September 2016. 
  19. ^ Melnæs, Håvard. "The Slaves of St Petersburg". Retrieved 24 April 2018. 
  20. ^ Match report – Group A – Russia - New Zealand
  21. ^ Match report – Final – Chile - Germany
  22. ^ "Match report – Group A – Russia - New Zealand" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 17 June 2017. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  23. ^ "Match report – Group B – Cameroon - Australia" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  24. ^ "Match report – Group A – New Zealand - Portugal" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 24 June 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
  25. ^ "Match report – Final – Chile - Germany" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 2 July 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2017. 
  26. ^

External links

  • Official website
  • Live webcam of stadium construction at
  • 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

Succeeded by
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