Stadia: Old and New

Away from all the Imperial splendour, high culture and architectural gems of Saint Petersburg it was also nice to come back down to earth and see the progress being made towards Russia’s hosting of the World Cup in 2018.

Despite all the shenanigans surrounding the desperately corrupt world governing organisation of football, FIFA, it looks fairly certain that the next tournament will go ahead in Russia as planned although the same can’t be said of the subsequent finals tournament in Qatar.

As Russia’s second city Saint Petersburg is of course a venue for several World Cup games and a new stadium is being built on the banks of the Neva for use in the finals and as a new home for the city’s top-flight club Zenit.

Their rather run-down and small (21,500 capacity) current stadium is being replaced by a brand new state-of-the-art 69,000 capacity arena and we were lucky enough to pass by both on our boat trip to Peterhof during our recent visit to the city.

Zenit’s current Petrovskiy Stadium.
 The new Zenit Arena, a space-age construction for the next World Cup.

Should you wish to comment on this post no mention should be made of the UEFA Cup Final 2008!

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