Moscow 1980 & Sochi 2014; Two Renovated Olympic Stadiums used for the FIFA World Cup

Today the FIFA World Cup 2018 starts in Moscow. Two Olympic stadiums that have been renovated in recent years are used for the tournament.


Moscow 1980; Luzhniki Stadium

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Olympic Games

During the 1980 Summer Olympics, the Central Lenin Stadium was the main venue which hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Athletics, Football finals, and the Individual Jumping Grand Prix. The stadium had at that time a spectator capacity of 103.000. (read more)


2018 FIFA World Cup

  • Capacity: 81.000 Seats
  • World Cup matches: 4 in the group stage, 1 round of 16, 1 semi-final, final


Sochi 2014; Fisht Olympic Stadium

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Olympic Games

The Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi is converted into an open-air football stadium. Four years ago the stadium was used for the ceremonies of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The stadium then had a capacity of 40,000 seats.


2018 FIFA World Cup

  • Capacity: 45,000 Seats
  • World Cup matches: 4 in the group stage, 1 round of 16, 1 quarter-final

Book recommendation; Olympic Realities: Sechs Stadte Nach dem Grossanlass / Six Cities After the Games

Olympic Realities Sechs Stadte Nach dem Grossanlass Six Cities After the Games


From the author:

World records, heroic stories, tears of the losers. The Olympics are the most important international sporting event when, for two weeks, one city is watched by the world.
Universal enthusiasm and a global media presence politicise the games and provide an opportunity for massive investment. Stadiums become symbols of power.
Days of euphoria are followed by disillusionment. Olympic Realities takes the viewer to six places deserted by the Olympic circus.
Bruno Helbling’s architecture photography raises questions of the significance of these monstrous events.
The impressive pictures are accompanied by six controversial essays, each written by an author with a special connection to the particular Olympic city.
Simultaneously provocative and entertaining, they expose the roots of a system of megalomania, corruption and mismanagement.
Olympic Realities is not only a highly aesthetic record of endurance, but also a sharp portrayal of an inescapable recurrence.

Hardback, 206 pages, English & German, 164 color-photographs
Photography by Bruno Helbling Essays by Werner van Gent, Peter Dittmann, Ahmed Buric,
Francesco Pastorelli, Barbara Lüthi and Martin Müller.
Graphic-Design by Lars Egert
Birkhäuser 2015
ISBN 978-3-0356-0631-7


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Sochi 2014; One year on

Sochi 2014 One year on montage

Venues; post Olympic use (by February 2015)

Adler Arena Skating Center

  • Architect: StoryInternational / Cannon Design
  • Cluster: Coastal
  • Olympic Games: Speed Skating
  • Paralympic Games: –
  • Seats: 8.000


  • Tennis Academy
  • ITF Fed Cup (2014)

Iceberg Skating Palace

  • Architect: GUP MNIIP mosproject-4
  • Cluster: Coastal
  • Olympic Games: Figure Skating / Short Track Speed Skating
  • Paralympic Games: –
  • Seats: 12.000


  • Ice Arena (final function yet to be decided)

Ice Cube Curling Center

  • Architect: Stroyproekt and Ural-Expert
  • Cluster: Coastal
  • Olympic Games: Curling
  • Paralympic Games: Wheelchair Curling
  • Seats: 3.000


  • Music venue
  • WCF World Mixed Doubles Curling Championships (2015)
  • World Senior Curling Championships (2015)

Bolshoy Ice Dome

  • Architect: SIC mostovik
  • Cluster: Coastal
  • Olympic Games: Ice Hockey
  • Paralympic Games: –
  • Seats: 12.000


  • Home of HC Sochi (Kontinental Hockey League)
  • Channel One Cup (December 2014)

Shayba Arena

  • Architect: CNIIPromzdaniy
  • Cluster: Coastal
  • Olympic Games: Ice Hockey
  • Paralympic Games: Ice Sledge Hockey
  • Seats: 7.000


  • Russian Children’s Sports and Education Centre

Fisht Olympic Stadium

  • Architect: Populous
  • Cluster: Coastal
  • Olympic Games: Ceremonies
  • Paralympics: Ceremonies
  • Seats; 40.000


  • Currently being converted into a football stadium (capacity: 47,659 seats)
  • Training centre and match venue for the Russia national football team
  • 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
  • 2018 FIFA World Cup

Laura Cross Country Ski and Biathlon Center

  • Cluster: Mountain
  • Olympic Games: Biathlon / Cross-country Skiing / Nordic combined
  • Paralympic Games: Biathlon / Cross-country Skiing
  • Seats:  7.500


  • Resort destination

Olympic Park


  • Sochi Autodrom
  • Formula One Russian Grand Prix [Read More]

Sochi Games media centre


  • Convention complex
  • Sochi Economic Forum
  • 2015 SportAccord Convention


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