Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

Games hosted at Russia 2018: Sweden v South Korea, 18 June; Argentina v Croatia, 21 June; England v Panama, 24 June; Switzerland v Costa Rica, 27 June; Round of 16, 1 July; Quarter-final, 6 July.

History lesson Ground was broken on this new stadium in March 2015. It is situated in Strelka, a western district of Nizhny Novgorod, and is one of several World Cup stadiums to be placed attractively by a river – or two, in this case, at the confluence of the Volga and the Oka. Work on the project is expected to be over by Christmas.

Star attraction The design promises to be one of the World Cup’s most striking, with slim pillars supporting from the outside and surrounding a semi-transparent facade. But the view over the 500-year-old Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin is the real selling point and the sense of place should be strong.