Luzhniki Stadium

Luzhniki Stadium
«Luzhniki Stadium»

Getting dark over the Grand Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex in Moscow. Overview the biggest sports stadium in Russia from Vorob’yovy Gory (Sparrow Hills), 85 meter above level of Moscow River (Moskva-Reka).

Luzhniki stadium was built in 1955–56 as the Central Lenin Stadium, and was officially opened on 31 July 1956. It was the national stadium of the Soviet Union, and is now the national stadium of Russia. In present time the total seating capacity of the stadium is 78,360 seats, all covered (upgraded).

It was the chief venue for the 1980 Summer Olympics, the spectator capacity being 103,000 at that time. The events hosted in this stadium were the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics, Football finals, and the Individual Jumping Grand Prix. Tenants: USSR/Russia national football team (1956-2013), Summer Universiade (1973), Summer Olympics (1980), UEFA Cup Final (1999), UEFA Champions League Final (2008), World Championships in Athletics (2013).

Luzhniki Stadium hosted its last football match in May 2013 and was closed after the IAAF Athletics World Championships in August 2013 for large redevelopment in preparation to host the final of the 2018 World Cup.

The stadium can be reached with the red metro line 1. Station Sportivnaya, or alternatively Vorob’yovy Gory, both lie within short walking distance of the stadium. Line 1 directly connects with Moscow’s city centre, and the ride from either Okhotny Ryad or Biblioteka takes no more than 10 minutes.

Luzhniki Stadium lies practically adjacent to Moscow’s Third Ring Road. If arriving by car, orientate yourself with regards to the Moscow River and take the first exit after crossing the Moscow River at the bend where the stadium is located.

Address: Luzhnetskaya naberezhnaya 24, Moscow

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