Volgograd Arena: FC Rotor Volgograd

пр-кт. В.И. Ленина, 76, Volgograd, Volgogradskaya oblast', 400005, Russia
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In 1962 Central Stadium opened its doors for the first time in the Russian city of Volgograd. It was designed to be the home of the local team, FC Rotor Volgograd, which had been formed in 1929. The stadium was renovated in 2002 but when Russia won the right to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup a decision was taken to demolish the 32,000 plus seat arena in favour of building a new ground that would be suitable for hosting top-level football. That stadium is Volgograd Arena and the new ground will have over forty-five and a half thousand seats when it opens ahead of the tournament.

The problem with writing stadium guides ahead of the Russia hosted World Cup is that there is scant amount of information out there at the moment. The building of the various football grounds necessary to host such a major tournament has been beset by problems almost across the board, from difficulties with the building of the stadiums through to the clubs intended to use them after the World Cup being relegated from the top-flight. Nevertheless, we’re here to inform you about the different locations that you’ll be visiting if you go to watch any of the World Cup matches, so here’s what we know about the Volgograd Arena to date.

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Volgograd Arena Stats
Year Opened2017
Capacity45,568
OwnerRussian Government
Clubs HostedFC Rotor Volgograd

Volgograd Arena Photos

Volgograd Arena Seating Plan & Where to Sit

The stadium’s design is quite modern in appearance, with two tiers stretching around the pitch as continuous seating. The upper tier has a wavy appearance, with more seating in some sections than others. The tiers are separated by a row of executive boxes and other such things that are a requirement of hosting a FIFA event.

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Getting To Volgograd Arena

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Train - It would take about two and a half days to get a train from London to Volgograd, so it’s probably worth exploring other methods to get there. Once you’re in the city there’s a stop on the underground right next to the Arena. At the moment it’s called Central Stadium Station, but it might well be renamed ahead of the tournament. There’s also a Light Rail Station named Park kul’tury within walking distance.

Bus - Bus numbers 9, 12, 12V and 95 all stop right outside the ground, so they’re the numbers to keep your eye out for.

Car - The E119 and the R228 are the two closest main roads to the arena, though you’ll want to get a sat-nav or similar if you want to get more detailed directions.

By Air - Volgograd International Airport is about twenty miles from the centre of the city, so that’s where you’ll want to fly into if you’re taking the plane to Russia.

Taxi - A taxi from the centre of Volgograd to the stadium should cost about 150 rubles and will likely take about ten minutes to complete its journey, traffic dependent.

Parking Near Volgograd Arena

There are likely to be a number of parking areas close to the Arena, mainly because it’s a brand new location after the demolition of Central Stadium and it’s likely that the planners will have taken the need for parking into account.

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Volgograd Arena Hotels

Marton Rokossovskogo - £30+

Rokossovskogo, 55, Volgograd
The Marton Rokossovskogo is relatively small compared to the other hotels on our list, given that it’s got just over thirty rooms. It’s got a restaurant on-site and in the morning you can head down for a buffet breakfast that’s included in the cost of your stay. There’s also a sauna in the hotel as well as other spa services. There’s free Wi-Fi and the hotel is about three miles from the centre of the city.
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Hilton Garden Inn Volgograd - £40+

2Prospect Lenina 56a, Volgograd, RU, 400005
With more than 150 rooms, a conference space and even a shop on-site, this member of the Hilton chain is the place we’d recommend large groups or families to head to. There’s a restaurant and bar within the hotel as well a 24-hour fitness centre. If you’re hoping to drive whilst you’re in Volgograd then you’ll be pleased to know that you can park for free here. There’s also free Wi-Fi and a 24-hour business centre in the hotel, so if you’re looking to get a bit of business done then you’re in luck. Perhaps best of all, it’s just fifteen minutes on foot from the Arena.
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Park Inn by Radisson Volgograd - £50+

Mikhaila Bolonin St 7, Volgograd, 400087
Chain hotels are always a good place to head to if you’re particular about the facilities of the venue you stay in. After all, you’ll know exactly what you’re going to get if you’re in a hotel that’s the same as all of the others that you’ve stayed in. This particular Park Inn has just shy of 150 rooms, a restaurant and bar area as well as a 24-hour business suite complete with a conference room. There’s free Wi-Fi and free parking if you’re driving or have a computer and the hotel is in the centre of Volgograd.
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Pubs & Bars Near Volgograd Arena

Paulaner

ul. Mikhaila Balonina, 7, Volgograd, Volgogradskaya oblast', 400087 (+7 844 260 21 41)
Paulaner is a German-themed restaurant and the only one of its kind in the centre of Volgograd. As a result it’s where you’ll want to head to if you fancy eating some German food such as wiener schnitzel and drink steins of strong lager. It’s not an out-and-out sports bar, but there are a few TVs dotted around the venue so you can bet that matches will be shown during the World Cup. That’s especially likely to be the case when Germany play their matches and the local German community gathers together to watch!

Barrel Bar

ul. Sovetskaya, 16, Volgograd, Volgogradskaya oblast’, 400131 (+7 844 291 93 19)
The Barrel Bar is what might be called something of a cult bar in Volgograd. That’s mainly because it’s quite a small venue and is ideal for those operating on a budget. That’s not to suggest that you can’t decent fare there - quite the opposite is true. There are a number of excellent beers on tap, though of course you can also get a variety of soft drinks if that’s your thing. The food is tasty and, perhaps most importantly of all, there are several large screens that you can watch live sport on. Expect the place to be bouncing during the World Cup!

Alhovsky

Marshala Chuikova Street 37, Volgograd (+7 844 224 09 09)
This is about as close to a dedicated sports bar as you’re likely to find, with every kind of sport shown throughout the year. We’re talking about the likes of Wimbledon when it’s tennis season, the Ryder Cup if it’s time for the golf and, of course, all of the biggest football matches. You can view their sports schedule on their Instagram page well in advance of the matches, so you won’t be disappointed if you get there and the game you want to watch isn’t on. The menu is varied and there are all the different drinks you could possibly want.

Hospitality

FIFA require a certain number of hospitality boxes and lounges be in place in order for a venue to host official matches. Whilst complete information isn’t yet available, it’s reasonably safe to assume that there will be a decent number of executive areas within the ground once the tournament is underway. We’ll let you know more information as soon as we have it.

Private Hire

Football stadiums are often a good place to go in a local area if you want to hire a space for business meetings or the like. It would be likely to assume that the Volgograd Arena will be available for such things after the World Cup, so we’ll update this section when we know more.

Stadium Tours & Museum

Until the arena is fully built and officially open we won’t know for sure whether or not you’ll be able to do a tour of it. It’s likely that, even if you can, you won’t be able to until after the World Cup is over. We’ll update this section accordingly.

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Volgograd Arena History

The Volgograd Arena hasn’t even opened its doors at the time of writing, so its history is yet to be written. What we do know is that it’s been built on the site of the old Central Stadium, which opened in 1962 as the new home for FC Rotor Volgograd. That ground was demolished in 2014 to make way for the Arena, leaving a short amount of time to clear the area and build the new stadium. The Arena is being built at the foot of the Mamayev Kurgan memorial, which is itself close to the Volga River.

The new stadium is part of a larger complex that includes ten different gyms, some swimming pools and a smaller sports area. There was an intention to build a riding school, but there wasn’t enough money. When the World Cup gets underway the Volgograd Arena will be used for four different Group Stage matches, one from each of Group A, Group D, Group G and Group H. Once the stadium has hosted its first match and we’ve got more to tell you, we’ll update this section accordingly.

Future Developments

In the immediate future the most major development will be the finishing of the stadium and its subsequent official opening. In the longer term the plan is to reduce the capacity from over 45,000 to around the 35,000 mark, with FC Rotor Volgograd using it as their new home.

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