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Luzhniki Stadium: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

. Luzhniki Stadium was built in order to improve the country's sports facilities after Soviet Union had tasted its first post-war successes at the 1952 Olympics.


Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Wednesday, 29.June 2022 — 3min read

History and description

The stadium was originally built with a capacity of 100,000 spectators, but it has since been expanded to its current capacity of 68,000. Luzhniki Stadium was built in 1955 and originally had a capacity of 100,000 spectators. It has since been expanded to its current 68,000 capacity. Construction on the Luzhniki Olympic Complex began in 1954 and the stadium, also known as the Grand Sports Arena, was completed in 1955. The stadium was opened on July 31st, 1956.

Luzhniki Stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies, athletics events, football finals, and equestrian programme of the 1980 Olympics.

In 1982, a stadium disaster took place during a second round UEFA Cup match between FC Spartak and Dutch side HFC Haarlem. Many people panicked when someone fell on the icy staircases, resulting in 66 fatalities.

Until the 1990s, the stadium could only hold around 100,000 spectators. In 1996, the stadium got extensively renovated and a roof was built over the stands, which decreased capacity.

In 1999, Luzhniki Stadium hosted the UEFA Cup final between Parma and Marseille (3-0), with Manchester United winning in a penalty shootout after the match ended 1-1. In 2008, Luzhniki Stadium hosted the Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea (1-1), with Chelsea eventually winning in a penalty shootout after the match ended 1-1.

The stadium was regularly used by Spartak Moscow until they moved to the newly built Otkritie Arena in 2014.

Russia was awarded the 2018 World Cup, meaning that Luzhniki Stadium would host the final. As a result, the stadium underwent a large redevelopment in order to prepare for the event. It hosted its last football match in May 2013 and closed following the IAAF Athletics World Championships in August 2013.

The redevelopment of the stadium involved the complete reconstruction of the stands, adding a second tier, the removal of the running tracks, and an expanded roof structure. The exterior of the stadium was left intact. The works were completed in summer 2017, and the first football match at the reopened stadium, a friendly between Russia and Argentina (0-1), was played on 11 November 2017.

During the 2018 World Cup, Luzhniki hosted the opening match, three more first round group matches, a round of 16 match, the semi-final between Croatia and England (2-1), and the final between France and Croatia (4-2).

(photos of the Luzhniki Stadium before reconstruction below)

How to get to Luzhniki Stadium

The Luzhniki Stadium is located in a bend of the Moskva River about 6 kilometers south-west of Moscow's city center. It is home to the Russian national football team and other major sporting events. The stadium can be reached by the red metro line 1. The station Sportivnaya, or alternatively Vorobiyovy Gory, is both close by and has short walking distance to the stadium. Line 1 directly connects with Moscow's city center, making the ride from either Okhotny Ryad or Biblioteka only take 10 minutes.

Luzhniki Stadium is located adjacent to Moscow's Third Ring Road. If arriving by car, orient 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

Eat, drink, and sleep near Luzhniki Stadium

The Luzhniki Sports Complex is located on the banks of the Moskva River and features a number of sports facilities and parks. However, since it is quite far from central Moscow, it may be hard to find things to do if you're looking for places to eat and drink. If you're into culture, the nearby Novodevichy Convent is well worth a visit. Meanwhile, the Moscow State University building on the opposite side of the Moskva river is one of Moscow's best-known landmarks.

There are a few hotels to choose from if you want to stay close to Luzhniki Stadium. Most are near Sportivnaya metro station, e.g. Yunost Hotel, Business Hotel Spektr, Olimp Hotel and Blues Hotel.

Luzhniki Stadium is surrounded by a variety of hotels, both expensive and budget-friendly. For an overview of hotels in central Moscow, click here.

Photos of Luzhniki Stadium

I have a question for you. Can you help me understand something? Photo credits: Ben Sutherland & GPA

Useful Internet links

The official website of FC Spartak Moscow, Moscow international portal, and the official site of the Moscow metro are all great resources for anyone looking to learn more about Moscow.

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