Mordovia Arena

Mordovia Arena

Games hosted at Russia 2018: Peru v Denmark, 16 June; Colombia v Japan, 19 June; Iran v Portugal, 25 June; Panama v Tunisia, 28 June.

History lesson Saransk is the smallest of the World Cup host cities and, to Russians, was a surprising choice of venue – particularly when a football-loving city such as Krasnodar, to the south-west, will have an outstanding facility sitting idle next year. But Mordovia Arena, whose construction began in 2010, should serve its purpose well enough and is situated near enough to both railway station and newly completed airport for a swift getaway if supporters are seeking brighter lights.

Star attraction There is nothing particularly flashy here although the stadium’s brightly coloured exterior, intended to reflect the rich palette of the Mordovia region’s arts and crafts, will hopefully be photogenic.