Luzhniki Stadium

The Grand Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex (until 1992 – the Grand Sports Arena of the Vladimir Lenin Central Stadium) is a Moscow stadium, the central part of the Luzhniki sports complex, located near the Sparrow Hills. Built in record time – 450 days (1 year and 85 days).

It was opened on July 31, 1956 with a friendly football match between the national teams of the RSFSR and the PRC. In the summer of 1956, the sports complex hosted the 1st Spartakiad of the Peoples of the USSR, and a year later, the 6th World Festival of Youth and Students.

In the summer of 1980, the arena of the stadium became the arena for the opening of the XXII Summer Olympic Games.

After the reconstruction, which was completed in 2017, it can accommodate 81 thousand people and is the largest stadium in Russia.

Luzhniki is also the largest stadium in Eastern Europe and is one of the ten largest football stadiums in Europe. The total area is 221 thousand m². During the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Luzhniki stadium became the country’s main football arena.

In the past, its field has been used as the home ground for many years of football rivals Spartak Moscow and CSKA Moscow. It is currently used for some matches of the Russia national football team, as well as being used for various other sporting events and for concerts.

Luzhniki Stadium is currently the temporary home ground of FC Torpedo Moscow.

According to the results of the reconstruction in 2017, FIFA recognized the Luzhniki Stadium as the best arena in the world in terms of field visibility from the stands.

Largest sport events

1956 – Summer Spartakiad of the Peoples of the USSR.
1957 – Ice Hockey World Championship.
1957 – VI World Festival of Youth and Students.
1960 – Ice Speedway World Championship.
1961 – World Modern Pentathlon Championship.
1962 – World Speed Skating Championship.
1973 – Summer Universiade.
1974 – World Modern Pentathlon Championship.
1979 – VII Spartakiad of the Peoples of the USSR.
1980 – Summer Olympic Games, including opening and closing ceremonies.
1984 – Friendship Games, including opening and closing ceremonies.
1985 – XII World Festival of Youth and Students.
1986 – Goodwill Games, including the opening ceremony.
1997 – Russia VS FIFA team in honor of the 850th anniversary of Moscow, the 100th anniversary of Russian football and the opening after the reconstruction of the Luzhniki stadium.
1998 – First World Youth Games, including the opening ceremony.
1999 – UEFA Cup Final: Olympique de Marseille (France) vs. Parma (Italy).
2008 – UEFA Champions League Final: Chelsea (England) vs. Manchester United (England)
2013 – Rugby World Cup Sevens.
2013 – World Championships in Athletics.
2018 – FIFA World Cup, including the final match.

The nearest metro stations are Sportivnaya and Sparrow Hills, as well as the Moscow Central Circle station – Luzhniki.

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