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Kazan Arena

Built: New stadium
Capacity: 44,779
Home Team: FC Rubin Kazan

Kazan Arena was built in preparation for the Summer World University Games in 2013, when it hosted the opening and closing ceremonies. A football pitch was installed once the games were over. The stadium hosted its first match in August 2013, when FC Rubin Kazan drew 1-1 with Lokomotiv Moscow.

Kazan Arena has a unique design, which blends seamlessly into Kazan’s urban landscape. Viewed from above, the arena, which stands on the banks of the Kazanka river, resembles a water-lily.

As well as football matches and sporting events, the stadium will host a whole range of entertainment shows, concerts and cultural events.


Founded: 1005
Population: 1.2 million
Altitude: 116 m
Distance to Moscow: 825 km

Kazan, one of the oldest Russian cities, celebrated its millennium in 2005. The ancient walls of Kazan have witnessed many dramatic events, including the historic siege by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century.

Modern Kazan is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and is home to 1.19 million residents. This timeless place is also a city of youth, home to 30 of Russia’s largest universities and more than 180,000 students. This “culture of youth” provides Kazan with a modern and progressive atmosphere.

It is also a highly diverse city, with more than 100 nationalities co-existing. This diversity, coupled with a young population, has created a unique sense of tolerance, understanding and youthful optimism.

Visitors will also discover the ancient and fascinating Tatar culture in Kazan. The city is a great centre of Muslim culture and a vivid example of how different ethnicities and religions can live peacefully together for many centuries.

The 16th century Kazan Kremlin is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Kazan is at the forefront of Russian sport, home to some of the best football, basketball and hockey teams in the country.