Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Architects chosen for Rostov World Cup 2018 stadium

The architects behind the London 2012 Olympic stadium, Sochi 2014 Olympic stadium and Soccer City 2010 World Cup stadium will design the new Rostov Stadium for the 2018 World Cup.

Populous, which also designed the stadiums in Kazan, Saransk and Sochi for the World Cup, was named as the architect for the new Rostov Stadium.

The 11 host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup were announced in September and include Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Samara, Saransk, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don and Yekaterinburg.

The plan is to use urban design inspired by ancient earthworks along the banks of the Kurgans river. The archaeological mounds of earth were used for pagan burial rituals and became major forms in the landscape.

The stadium will seat 45,000 for the World Cup, which will then be reduced to 25,000 seats after the games. Additionally, the concept will be sustainable to allow it to fit into the green city project, which will also protect wetlands south of the river.

"It's been a pleasure to work with Intex, the city and the governor of Rostov-on-Don to promote the project," Damon Lavelle, a principal at Populous, said. "After our experience on the World Cup in 2010 and London 2012, we are certain that the stadium will be a great catalyst for the city and this part of the river."