Volgograd Arena is a football stadium in Volgograd, Russia which is under construction. The stadium is one of the venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It will also host FC Rotor Volgograd. It will have a capacity of 45,568 spectators.
The Stadium will be built on site of the demolished Central Stadium, at the foot of the Mamayev Kurgan memorial complex, near the Volga River. The previous stadium was built in 1958, on the site of a former oil depot. This area was undeveloped, occupied by randomly distributed low-value buildings, warehouses, barracks and ravines. To save money it was proposed to make the stadium a compact, single object, which consisted of the podium at the 40 thousand spectators, a sports arena of the Olympic sample and two large sports complex with 10 different gyms. The complex included a swimming pool and riding school which was not built due to lack of funds.