We’re taking a look at the World Cup 2018 stadiums set to be used this summer, with 12 venues featured across 11 Russian cities.
A total of 64 matches will be shared between these grounds, as all roads lead to Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15.
Ekaterinburg (Ekaterinburg Arena)
The most easterly city hosting matches, situated at the foot of the Ural mountains, and the city where members of the royal family were executed following the October 1917 revolution. The stadium is home to FC Ural and was initially built in 1953.
Matches: Egypt vs Uruguay (June 15), France vs Peru (June 21), Japan vs Senegal (June 24), Mexico vs Sweden (June 27).
Kaliningrad (Kaliningrad Stadium)
The most westerly city to host games. Situated on the Baltic coast, it remains an important Russian seaport. The stadium has been built for the finals, but will be home to FC Baltika Kaliningrad afterwards.
Kazan (Kazan Arena)
Kazan is the capital of the republic of Tatarstan and is home to 1.2 million people. The stadium was built for the World University Games in 2013 and is home to local club Rubin Kazan. It was designed by the same firm of architects behind Wembley Stadium and the Emirates Stadium.
Matches: France vs Australia (June 16), Iran vs Spain (June 20), Poland vs Colombia (June 24), South Korea vs Germany (June 27), one last-16 game (June 30), one quarter-final (July 6).
Moscow (Luzhniki Stadium)
The main venue for the finals will host the first and last match. Built in the 1950s, it was used during the 1980 Olympic Games and hosts most matches played by the Russian national team and at various times has been home to city clubs Spartak, CSKA and Torpedo.
Matches: Russia vs Saudi Arabia (June 14, opening match), Germany vs Mexico (June 17), Portugal vs Morocco (June 20), Denmark vs France (June 26), one last-16 game (July 1), one semi-final (July 11), final (July 15).
Moscow (Spartak Stadium)
Home, as the name suggests, to Spartak Moscow, who despite their reputation and huge fanbase had never truly had a stadium to call their own until it was built. Opened in 2014.
Nizhny Novgorod (Nizhny Novgorod Stadium)
Built on hills overlooking the Volga river, Nizhny Novgorod has been an important commercial city since the 19th century. One of the new constructions, it will be home to Olympiets Nizhny Novgorod once the finals are over.
Rostov-on-Don (Rostov Arena)
An historic city famed for its showcasing of Cossack culture, it sits on the banks of the Don river one thousand kilometres to the south-east of Moscow. FC Rostov will move in once the tournament is finished.
Matches: Brazil vs Switzerland (June 17), Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia (June 20), South Korea vs Mexico (June 23), Iceland vs Croatia (June 26), one last-16 game (July 2).
St Petersburg (St Petersburg Stadium)
The old imperial capital can probably lay claim to having the secondary venue at the tournament, as the stadium hosts some big games including what could be a make-or-break second match for the hosts. It will also host three group matches at the pan-European Euro 2020 finals, as well as one Euro quarter-final, and be the future home to Zenit St Petersburg.
Matches: Morocco vs Iran (June 15), Russia vs Egypt (June 19), Brazil vs Costa Rica (June 22), Nigeria vs Argentina (June 26), one last-16 game (July 3), one semi-final (July 10), third-place play-off (July 14).
Samara (Samara Arena)
Capital of the Samara region and home to the offices of Russian state when they were evacuated from Moscow during the Second World War. The dome-shaped stadium will play host to Krylya Sovetov after the tournament.
Matches: Costa Rica vs Serbia (June 17), Denmark vs Australia (June 21), Uruguay vs Russia (June 25), Senegal vs Colombia (June 28), one last-16 game (July 2), one quarter-final (July 7).
Saransk (Mordovia Arena)
The capital of the Mordovia region has a population of just over 300,000. The stadium will be reduced to 25,000 capacity after the tournament, with the space being freed up for other indoor sports on the same complex. It will, though, be home to FC Mordovia.
Sochi (Fisht Stadium)
The resort city on the edge of the Black Sea hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics, and the Fisht Stadium was purpose-built for those Games. It is due to be a training – and match – venue for the Russian national team after the 2018 finals.
Volgograd (Volgograd Arena)
The city formerly known as Stalingrad, site of one of World War Two’s most pivotal battles, is now an industrial hub home to one million inhabitants. The stadium is built on the site of the old Central ground and will house Rotor Volgograd once the finals are over.
Matches: Tunisia vs England (June 18), Nigeria vs Iceland (June 22), Saudi Arabia vs Egypt (June 25), Japan vs Poland (June 28).