Krestovsky Stadium

Krestovsky Stadium, known as Gazprom Arena for sponsorship reasons,[7] (Russian: «Газпром Арена») is a retractable roof stadium with a retractable pitch in the western portion of Krestovsky Island in Saint Petersburg, Russia, which serves as home for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.[8] The stadium was opened in 2017 for the FIFA Confederations Cup.[9][10][11][12][13][14] It was called Saint Petersburg Stadium during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup[15] and 2018 FIFA World Cup.[16][17]

Gazprom Arena
LocationFutbol'naya Alleya 1, Krestovsky Island, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Coordinates59°58′23″N 30°13′14″E
Public transit Nevsko–Vasileostrovskaya Line

Novokrestovskaya Station
Frunzensko–Primorskaya Line

Krestovsky Ostrov Station
OwnerSaint Petersburg City Administration
OperatorFC Zenit Saint Petersburg
64,468 (2018 FIFA World Cup)[3][4]
80,000 (concerts)[5]
Record attendance71,381 (Russia v. Finland, 16 December 2018)[6]
Field size105 x 68 m
Broke ground2008
Built29 December 2016 (commissioning)
Opened22 April 2017
Construction cost 43 billion
597 million
$ 660 million
ArchitectKisho Kurokawa
Project managerКБ ВиПС (KB ViPS)
FC Zenit St. Petersburg (2017–present)
Russia national football team (selected matches)
2022 UEFA Champions League Final
Official website


The stadium was built as one of the venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The competition between architectural projects was won by Kisho Kurokawa's "The Spaceship".[18] 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 was built on the location where the former Kirov Stadium used to stand before it was demolished.[19] The capacity of 56,196 seats was increased to 68,000 seats for the World Cup. It also has 104 luxuriously designed skyboxes.[20]

In 2005 the planning of the stadium began. Initial construction work began in 2008.[21]

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.[22] Before the stadium was named Sankt Petersburg in October 2015, it was known under the names Zenit Arena, Gazprom Arena and Piter Arena.[20][23]

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.[24][25]

In the end of August 2016, the new general contractor, Metrostroy, resumed construction works on the site.[26]

In April 2017 the work on the stadium was completed. The total cost of the stadium amounted to 24 billion rubles.[27] 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. Branislav Ivanović scored the first goal in the stadium's history.

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.[9]

On 2 July 2017, the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Final was held at the stadium between Chile and Germany,[28] becoming the most attended match of the tournament and also setting the record attendance for the stadium.

On February 15, 2018, the government of Saint Petersburg signed a contract for the rights and use of the stadium with Zenit Arena LLC, which is a subsidiary of JSC football club Zenit.[29][30]

On December 16, 2018 the Stadium hosted a Channel One Cup Russia – Finland (5-0) hockey match. 81,000 spectators watched the game and set a record attendance in domestic and European ice hockey.[31]

On August 2, 2019, Rammstein played a concert on its Euro-Stadion-Tour in the stadium.[32]

The stadium under construction in 2016; the stadium during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup Final

2017 FIFA Confederations Cup

Date Time Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Attendance
17 June 201718:00 Russia2–0 New ZealandGroup A50,251[33]
22 June 201718:00 Cameroon1–1 AustraliaGroup B35,021[34]
24 June 201718:00 New Zealand0–4 PortugalGroup A56,290[35]
2 July 201721:00 Chile0–1 GermanyFinal57,268[36]

2018 FIFA World Cup

Date Time Team #1 Result Team #2 Round Attendance
15 June 201818:00 Morocco0–1 IranGroup B62,548[37]
19 June 201821:00 Russia3–1 EgyptGroup A64,468[38]
22 June 201815:00 Brazil2–0 Costa RicaGroup E64,468[39]
26 June 201821:00 Nigeria1–2 ArgentinaGroup D64,468[40]
3 July 201817:00 Sweden1–0  SwitzerlandRound of 1664,042[41]
10 July 201821:00 France1–0 BelgiumSemi-final64,286[42]
14 July 201817:00 Belgium2–0 EnglandThird place match64,406[43]

UEFA Euro 2020

On 19 September 2014, it was announced by UEFA that the stadium was chosen to host four UEFA Euro 2020 finals fixtures, three group games and a quarter-final match.[44] On 23 April 2021, the stadium was given three additional group stage matches in Group E (Poland vs. Slovakia, Sweden vs. Slovakia and Sweden vs. Poland) following the removal of the Aviva Stadium in Dublin as a Euro 2020 host city due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.[45]

Date Time Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round Attendance
12 June 202121:00 Belgiumv RussiaGroup B
14 June 202118:00 Polandv SlovakiaGroup E
16 June 202115:00 Finlandv RussiaGroup B
18 June 202115:00 Swedenv SlovakiaGroup E
21 June 202121:00 Finlandv BelgiumGroup B
23 June 202118:00 Swedenv PolandGroup E
2 July 202119:00Winner Match 41vWinner Match 42Quarter-finals

2022 UEFA Champions League Final

On 24 September 2019, UEFA announced that the stadium would host the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final.[46] However, due to adjustments of the 2020 final caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, their hosting time is pushed back a year to 2022.[47]


The following services are available to fans visiting the stadium:

  • Navigation and information support from volunteers.
  • Information (children registration point, stroller storage, lost and found office).
  • Storage room.
  • Audio descriptive commentary for 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, which offers space for wheelchairs and accompanying persons.

Conditions for spectators with disabilities

Saint Petersburg Arena offers 560 seats for people with disabilities, 266 of them are for wheelchair users.[48] Moreover, the stadium design includes special lobbies, elevators and ramps to ensure accessibility to spectators with limited mobility.[49]

Safety and security

The stadium has been fully prepared for the FIFA World Cup games in accordance with the FIFA requirements for capacity and security.[50] The stadium is equipped with a video surveillance and identification system that makes it possible to detect any troublemakers and fans who are not allowed to enter.[51] The arena is also equipped with a security alarm system, a fire alarm system and a robotic fire-extinguishing system.


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Preceded by
Maracanã Stadium
Rio de Janeiro
FIFA Confederations Cup
Final venue

Succeeded by
last stadium
Preceded by
Estádio do Dragão
UEFA Champions League
Final venue

Succeeded by
Allianz Arena
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