Olimp-2: FC Rostov

pr. Sholokhova, 33, Rostov-on-Don, Rostov Oblast, 344029, Russia
By Dmitry Zotov (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

It’s fair to say that FC Rostov were something of a surprise package when they qualified for the Champions League in 2016. The took the race for the Russian Premier League title right to the wire in the 2015-2016 season with a first XI worth just €25 million, compared to Zenit St. Petersburg’s €157 million team.

If not much is known about the team outside of Russia then even less is known about the stadium they call home. It’s in something of a state of limbo at the moment, with Rostov Arena being built to replace it after it has been used for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. We’ll tell you what we can about it here, though.

Stats

Olimp-2 Stats
Year Opened1930
Capacity15,840
Average Attendance12,936
Record Attendance16,500 (FC Rostov v S Moscow (2009))
Pitch Size105 x 68 (7140)
NicknameOlimp-2
Former NameRostselmash Plant Stadium, Rostselmash, Olimp – 21 vek
OwnerOlimp-2
Clubs HostedFC Rostov, SKA Rostov-on-Don
FC Rostov Stats
Year Founded1930
NicknameSelmashi
KitBlue (Home) / Yellow (Away)
Team OwnerRostov Oblast
Record GoalscorerMikhail Osinov (118)
Record AppearancesAlexandru Gatcan (231)

Olimp-2 Photos

Olimp-2 Seating Plan & Where to Sit

FC Rostov vs. CSKA - By JukoFF (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The ground is in the ‘English Style’ of having a stand on each side of the pitch. Away fans are housed in The North Stand, whilst the VIP area and the dugouts are located in The West Stand.

FC Rostov Ticket Prices

Information about ticket prices is hard to come by unless you’re fluent in Russian. Prices vary from game to game but the stadium rarely sold out even as Rostov were going for the title, so you’re unlikely to get tickets if you want them.

How To Get FC Rostov Tickets

Tickets are best bought online through the club’s official website. Again, though, some passable Russian might help here.

Where to Buy

Getting To Olimp-2

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Train - Trains to Russia take so long from the UK that there’s basically no point in getting them. Rostov-na-Donu is about fifteen minutes walk away from the ground, though.

Bus - There are no bus stops close to the stadium, so bus probably isn’t your best bet, to be honest. That said, you can get around Rostov reasonably easily so you don’t need to worry too much.

Car - Driving in Russia is a pretty exciting experience, to put it politely, so if you’d like to drive to the ground then we’d recommend that you use a satellite navigation device.

By Air - Rostov-on-Don Airport is about ten miles from the centre of the city. It accepts international and domestic flights so that’s almost certainly the one you’ll be flying into.

Taxi - A taxi from Rostov-on-Don Airport to the stadium will take about ten minutes and will cost you in the region of 160 Russian rubles.

Parking Near Olimp-2

There aren’t any specific car parks to aim for, but on-street parking will serve you reasonably well.

Useful Resources

Olimp-2 Hotels

Valencia Hotel - £50+

Sholokhov Avenue 79/14, Rostov-on-Don, Rostov Region, 344029
With just 28 guest rooms, the Valencia hotel offers a personalised experience for your stay. It’s around ten minutes walk from the stadium and has a restaurant, a bar free parking, free Wi-Fi and a buffet breakfast at no additional cost. More details.

Hermitage Hotel - £60+

54 Uliyanovskaya Street, Rostov-on-Don, 344002
The Hermitage Hotel is beautiful to look at from the outside and is not far from the ground. It’s got a restaurant and a bar, a conference centre with a conference space, free Wi-Fi and free parking, which is handy if you’re planning to drive. More details.

Mercure Rostov-on-Don Center - £65+

Voroshilovsky prospekt 35/107, Rostov-on-Don, Rostov Oblast, 344002
The Mercure is a typical chain hotel, complete with free Wi-Fi and free parking. There’s also a restaurant and a bar, three meeting rooms a fitness centre and a buffet breakfast for you in the morning at no additional cost. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near Olimp-2

Harat's Pub

Sotsialisticheskaya ul., 141, Rostov-on-Don, Rostov Oblast, 344052 (+7 863 296-26-93)
Harat’s Pub may well be the best little bar in Rostov. It calls itself an Irish bar so you’ll know what to expect. Loads of football flags adorn the walls, sport on the televisions and a friendly atmosphere all around. Very much worth a visit.

Mojo Bar&Cafe

pr. Sokolova, 21/19, Rostov-on-Don 344006 (+7 8632501169)
In truth, Mojo bar is more of a late night cocktail bar than a pub. It’s a pricy place to go but it’s got a lovely atmosphere, the drinks are good and you’ll have a great time after the match if you decide to head there.

Cheshka

ul. Maksima Gorkogo, 151, Rostov-on-Don, Rostov Oblast, 344002 (+7 918 581-00-80)
Cheshka is a decent pub with a good atmosphere and friendly bar staff. The food is worth trying and if there’s some football on then you might well be able to persuade the said staff to stick it on the television for you.

Hospitality

There’s limited information available on the hospitality options at Olimp-2, but what we can tell you is that if you take the club up one their VIP offers then you’ll be in The West Stand where there’s a Directors Box as well as some boxes above the stand itself.

Private Hire

Much like with the hospitality options, information about private hire and events at Olimp-2 is limited. If you’re particularly keen to use the stadium for your own events then it’s worth getting in touch with them directly.

About FC Rostov

FC Rostov winning the Russian Cup final in 2014 - By Алексей Старостин [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Rostov is known as a ‘football city’. The average attendance at the Rostov games is fourth in Russia only behind the more famous teams such as Spartak Moscow, Zenit St. Petersburg and Terek Grozny. They even tend to pull in bigger crowds than both CSKA Moscow and their city rivals Dinamo Moscow. Rostov regularly fill over 80% of their stadium, the highest relative figure in Russia.

Formed in 1930 as a team for the nearby Rostelmash factory, it was actually the city’s second team. For more of the Soviet era in Russia there was another team called SKA Rostov that was formed from the local division or the Red Army. They took on their current name in 2003 and reached the Russian Cup final in the same year. They lost 1-0 to Spartak Moscow, but it was an incredible achievement for them to even make the final. They went one better in 2013-2014, winning the Russian Cup by beating FC Krasnodar on penalties.

Olimp-2 History

Originally know as Rostselmash Plant Stadium, Olimp-2 was built and opened in 1930. Over the years it has been changed and developed numerous times, meaning that the current stadium bears little resemblance to the ground as it was when it first opened. Back then it was a multi-purpose stadium featuring an athletics track.

In the 1950s the stadium had two-tiers and could host more than 32,000 people. That was more than halved when the two-tiers from the stands along the side of the pitch were reduced to one. The changes to the stadium were mainly completed after the turn of the millennium. The West Stand was moved closer to the pitch, offering a more hostile environment to visiting teams. In 2009 the South Stand was demolished and entirely and completely re-built.

Future Developments

Rostov Arena under construction - By JohnPPTolstoy (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

A new ground is being built in Rostov for when Russia hosts the World Cup in 2018. Rostov will be moving into the new stadium, the Rostov Arena, so changes to Olimp-2 are unlikely to occur any time soon.

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