Kaliningrad Stadium: FC Baltika Kaliningrad

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There isn’t a huge amount we can tell you about Kaliningrad Stadium at this point, with the ground being one of several that is being built especially for the World Cup in Russia in 2018. We’ll obviously update the guide as more information becomes available, but for now some information is better than none. The stadium is designed to replace Baltika Stadium, home to FC Baltika Kaliningrad. The team will play its matches in the ground once the World Cup is completed, mainly in order to give it a purpose and add to the legacy.

The basis for the stadium’s design is the Allianz Arena in Germany. That hosted matches in the 2006 World Cup, so it made sense for the designers to look at it as a starting point. Things weren’t always that clear and simple, however, with numerous issues befalling the planning stages throughout the process. In many ways FC Baltika Kaliningrad will be lucky to inherit it even in spite of the issues that’s it been through. They are a second-tier side in the Russian Football League and tend to get an average attendance at Baltika Stadium of less than 5,000.

Stats

Kaliningrad Stadium Stats
Year Opened2017
Capacity35,212
Average Attendance4,594
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
Former NameArena Baltika
OwnerRussian Government
Clubs HostedFC Baltika Kaliningrad
FC Baltika Kaliningrad Stats
Year Founded1954
NicknameBalda
Previous StadiumsBaltika Stadium
KitWhite & Blue (Home) / Blue (Away)
Team OwnerKaliningrad/Kaliningrad Oblast

Kaliningrad Stadium Photos

Kaliningrad Stadium Seating Plan & Where to Sit

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The Kaliningrad Stadium is built in a bowl style, which is quite common in new stadia around the world and especially on the continent. The idea was always to have two-tiers, with a separate VIP section running around the middle between them both.

FC Baltika Kaliningrad Ticket Prices

If you’d like to go and watch an FC Baltika Kaliningrad game then you’ll pay between 100 and 200 rubles depending on where you’d like to sit. Pensioners will pay 100 rubles to sit in the 9th sector.

How To Get FC Baltika Kaliningrad Tickets

You can get tickets directly from the stadium or you can call the club up and buy them over the phone. There’s also a website that you can go to if you’d rather pay for your tickets online.

Getting To Kaliningrad Stadium

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Train - It’s nearly one and a half thousand miles from London to Kaliningrad, so you’re probably not going to want to make that journey by train. If you did it would take you to Paris, Berlin, Warsaw and the Moscow before heading on to your destination. Once you arrive in the city you’ll be able to get to Kaliningrad-Passazhirskiy railway station, which is about an hour away from the ground on foot.

Bus - The infrastructure around the stadium will undoubtedly improve once the World Cup gets closer, but for now both buses 45 and 46 stop on the right side of the Pregolya River to walk there easily enough.

Car - the A229 is the largest main road close to the ground’s location.

By Air - Khrabrovo Airport is about twenty miles from the centre of the city.

Taxi - A taxi from the centre of Kaliningrad out to Kaliningrad Stadium will cost you around 1600 rubles and take about twenty minutes to complete its journey.

Parking Near Kaliningrad Stadium

The plans are to have large car parking areas in the proximity of the stadium, so you’ll almost certainly be able to park your car if you’re looking to drive to the match.

Useful Resources

Kaliningrad Stadium Hotels

Hotel ibis Kaliningrad Center - £40+

Moskovsky Prospekt 52, Kaliningrad, 236006
It’s often good to stay in a chain hotel because you know what you’re getting. The Hotel ibis very much fits into that category, with over 150 rooms to welcome people. There are many different facilities that you’ll no doubt want to take advantage of, including a restaurant and bar. There’s a terrace area for the nicer weather, a library if you’d like somewhere quieter to head to and a business centre. There’s also free Wi-Fi and self-parking to make life easier. More details.

Hotel Kaiserhof - £50+

Oktyabrskaya Str. 6A, Kaliningrad, 236039
The Hotel Kaiserhof is slightly smaller than the ibis with around 120 rooms. There’s a restaurant and bar, but you might be more interested in the full-service spa and indoor pool. There’s also a health club, so if you’re looking for somewhere to chill out and relax then this is the hotel for you. As with the ibis there’s a library for those that want to chill out and there’s also free Wi-Fi. If you’re in a car then you’ll be pleased with the free parking available to you, too. More details.

Radisson Hotel Kaliningrad - £60+

Pobedy Square 10, Kaliningrad, 236010
In the heart of Kaliningrad is another chain hotel, the Radisson. It offers a fitness centre complete with a spa, so you can unwind if you’d like to. You can have a bite to eat in the hotel’s restaurant and get a drink in the bar. If you’re there to do a little bit of work then you’ll be pleased to know that there’s free Wi-Fi that you can use. There’s also an airport shuttle for those flying in to Khrabrovo Airport. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Kaliningrad Stadium

Sport Bar № 5

ul. Suvorova, 54У, Konigsberg, Kaliningradskaya oblast', 236039 (+7 401 264 2525)
If you want to watch some live sport then your best choice will always be to head to a sports bar. Sports Bar № 5 ticks all of the boxes that you’ll want, including plenty of screens to show live events on. You can eat both European and Italian style food here as well as enjoy all of the drinks that you’d expect. From soft drinks through to decent lagers and Russian vodka, there’s virtually nothing that you won’t be able to get hold of.

Sport Bar Barca

Epronovskaya st., 4-6, Kaliningrad, 236000 (+7 401 239 8484)
If you head to Sports Bar Barca then you’re in for a treat. As well as plenty of different Barcelona memorabilia dotted around the place, there are also enough TVs to mean that you’ll be able to see any live sport that’s shown on them. Given the ties to Barcelona it’s unlikely to be a surprise to anyone that the bar has a Spanish theme, including the food you can buy there. Most importantly, there are karaoke nights held on a regular basis - what’s not to love?

Extreme sports bar «XxxX»

ul. Karla Marksa, 18, Konigsberg, Kaliningradskaya oblast', 236006 (Unknown)
What’s the only thing better than a sports bar? An extreme sports bar, of course! The one in Kaliningrad is heavier on the bar than it is on the sport, so you’ll probably want to consider it to be more of a nightspot than somewhere to head to for a quiet bite to eat. You’ll have a cracking time there, though, so don’t let the fact that it’s more of a party venue than anything else put you off popping in there.

Private Hire

The extent to which Kaliningrad Stadium will be open to the public for meetings, events and parties remains to be seen, but we’ll make sure we tell you as soon as it becomes clear.

Stadium Tours & Museum

At the time of writing there are no tours available, which is not surprising given that the stadium hasn’t even opened yet. If and when that changes we’ll let you know.

About FC Baltika Kaliningrad

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As with the stadium itself, there isn’t a lot to tell you about FC Baltika Kaliningrad. Founded as Pishchevik Kaliningrad back in 1954, the name was changed to its current one four years later. The side gradually made its way through the Russian league system over the years after its foundation, culminating in a seventh placed finish in the Russian top-flight in 1996. Just two years later, however, they were relegated back down to the second division despite competing in the Intertoto Cup that year.

Since their promotion they have generally played their football in the top-flight, with occasional seasons seeing them drop down the pecking order. They also had a reserve team that played in the lower leagues of the Russian Football League system known as FC Baltika-d Kaliningrad when they were in the Third Division and FC Baltika-2 Kaliningrad when they reached the Second Division. They might not be one the best teams in Russia but they’ve still had their fair share of internationals playing for them over the years.

Kaliningrad Stadium History

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Unsurprisingly, there isn’t a lot of information to share about the history of Kaliningrad Stadium. The contract to design the ground was originally won by a company called Mostovik and in 2013 they punished a sketch of a venue they gave the working title of Arena Baltika. In 2014 the company was declared bankrupt and Crocus International was appointed as the new sole developer of the site. In July of that year the new layout of the stadium was presented to the government for approval.

Originally considerations were made about the possibility of the new ground quite literally replacing Baltika Stadium in the same location towards the centre of the city, but in the end the decision was taken to to build it on Oktyabrsky Island. The stadium will be used to host four group matches during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is why CCTV cameras are posted all around the place and a state-of-the-art security system has been installed.

Future Developments

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The main development for the foreseeable future will be the completion and then opening of the ground. We’ll update the guide when that happens, though, so you probably won’t see this section…

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