Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg
Central Stadium (Russian: Центральный стадион, translit. Tsentralnyi Stadion) is a multi-purpose stadium in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The capacity of the stadium is 35,000.
It is one of 12 venues in 11 Host Cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia during which it will be called Ekaterinburg Arena.
Central Stadium was built in 1957. Earlier on this territory of the city also was a sports facilities: from 1900 - the Velodrome, from 1928 - Regional Stadium, and from 1936 - the stadium "Metallurg of the East". The Stadium has hosted thousands of sports and entertainment events. In the first years after its opening, the stadium has become one of the world most important arenas of speed skating: in 1959 here was held 1959 World Allround Speed Skating Championships, as well as the 1958, 1962, 1964, 1966 championships of the USSR (with multiple world records), and in the 1964-73 period many matches between strongest national speed skating teams of the world (Soviet Union, Norway, Sweden and Finland). Approximately during the time when SKA-Sverdlovsk was one of the best club teams in the world. The stadium hosts 1962, 1966, 1974 and 1978 Spartakiad of the Peoples of the USSR (contemporaneously these competitions were USSR championships) and other Russian and international competitions.
In 2004 the Stadium became a public company - JSC "Central Stadium" (in 2010 the shareholders - Sverdlovsk Oblast Ministry of assets - 25% plus 1 share, Administration of City Ekaterinburg - 25% plus 1 share, and of JSC "Sinara Group" - 50% minus 2 shares). From September 2006 to 2011, it completed a first large-scale stadium reconstruction. In 2015-17 completed another large-scale reconstruction, according to FIFA conditions.
The capacity of the arena after the reconstruction will be 35,000 spectators. The stadium will provide three types of seats, including special places for people with disabilities and sectors for the fans. In the east and west stands 30% of seats will be placed under a canopy. Security systems, surveillance, telecommunications, video feed and audio experience will enable high levels of service and safety to the stadium.
The kernel of the stadium will bring together a football field with natural turf size 105x68 m and an athletic complex, consisting of eight racetracks, areas for long jump, triple jump and shot put. Grand Sports Arena (BSA) will conform to international standards of FIFA and UEFA, the Russian Athletics Federation, as well as international agencies, cultural events and concerts. Under the stands will be places for sports facilities, accommodation for athletes, judges, medical teams and complexes catering. Near the sports center area will be parking and flat sporting facilities: a football field with artificial turf, and tennis courts.
In addition, it is planned to equip 8 booths for sports commentators of radio and television, will be a press center, room for journalists who cover the course of sporting events. The arena will have artificially heated turf and artificial irrigation, which will be in place for the next football season.
In the stadium, it is planned to build a fitness center (2500–3000 m²)and Valeological center (1500 m²), which will be an organized system of fast-food outlets to serve the audience, and there will also be a restaurant with 200-300 seats.
It will develop the modern system of access to the stadium, providing security and evacuation systems that meet international requirements. Additionally, a hotel will be built. Near the stadium will be a parking lot with 3200 spaces.
In November 2010, the construction of reinforced concrete structures of two additional grandstands - the south and north - was finalized. Roofing work is finalized and closed the thermal path to the east and west stands. Work on the landscaping included lawns decorated, organized and paved parking for special mobile TV stations and specialized in the sports complex and complete reconstruction of the stadium's outer fence, which has retained its historic appearance. Preparatory work for the installation of spectator seating was also conducted. Stable funding to finish the stadium was provided in the summer of 2011. In October 2015 began another full reconstruction of stadium.