Built: New Stadium Capacity: 44,807 Home Team: FC Krylya Sovetov
Samara Arena will be built in the Radiotsentr district.
The Arena’s design concept is dominated by the theme of space, as a tribute to the traditions of the region, and its renowned aerospace sector. The shape of the stadium will resemble a glass dome. A light, metallic hi-tech basic structure of weight-bearing supports will provide a cover over the stands, which will be 60 metres high.
After the event, the stadium will be home to FC Krylya Sovetov, a club that has made a number of appearances in Europe’s club competitions.
Founded: 1586 Population: 1.1 million Altitude: 120 m Distance to Moscow: 1,057 km
Samara is the capital of the Samara Region and is home to 1.1 million people. It is of the most prominent Volga region cities and it grew to importance as Russia’s aerospace centre.
During World War II, Samara became a ‘second capital’ of Russia as all government departments and diplomatic corps settled there after evacuating Moscow. Places of interest for visitors include the massive 37-metre deep Stalin’s bunker and the beautiful nature preserve, Zhigulevskie Hills, on the Volga River.
Samara is an ideal city to enjoy the panorama over the Volga, the largest river in Europe. The river is almost two kilometres wide here and has been a source of inspiration for poets and artists for centuries.
An iconic landmark of Samara is a 68-metre, 20-ton monument of the Soyuz carrier rocket, built to commemorate Yuri Gagarin’s space flight.
Samara is a major transport hub thanks to its international airport, major railway station and busy river port.