Infrustructure 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

By the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, Nizhny Novgorod will have a new stadium built. The Stadium is designed at the confluence of the Oka and the Volga known as Strelka. Engineering works started in August 2014 and are running as scheduled. Construction and assembly works shall be completed in December 2017 as the latest. The territory next to the Stadium is planned to be transformed into a recreation area with parks and embankments. A picturesque space where the two rivers conflow will finally be available to the citizens and is expected to serve as a family recreation site. The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium has already been BREEAM certified to prove its compliance with environmental standards.

New roads will be built and the existing ones reconstructed on the territory adjacent to the Stadium with overground and underground pedestrian crossings equipped properly.

The Stadium is expected to act as a multifunctional arena with areas for sports training, medical and fitness centers, commercial areas and to operate 365 days a year. The Nizhny Novgorod Stadium is designed to accommodate 45,000 spectators.

The arena will be located within walking distance from the Railway Station and will serve as one of the major points of attraction for tourists.

The jury of the "Sports Facilities. 2015 Year-End Results" Awards recognized the project of the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium the "Best Football Stadium for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™".

Venue Specific Training Sites

FIFA has finalized a list of Venue Specific Training Sites, three of which are located in Nizhny Novgorod. They are designed for the teams participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ to train between matches.

All the Venue Specific Training Sites shall be covered with natural turfs of the quality matching the quality of the turf at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Training grounds are to be fit with a 100-seat press center, locker rooms, and bleachers for 500 people to be used by mass media and spectators during open workouts.

Venue Specific Training Sites  in Nizhny Novgorod:

  • Venue Specific Training Site – Lokomotiv Stadium (to be reconstructed);
  • Venue Specific Training Site on Karl Marx Street (greenfield project);
  • Venue Specific Training Site – Meshchera Youth Sports School (greenfield project).

After the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, these pitches of top international level will become available to youth sports schools and the local football club.

Team Base Camp

A Team Base Camp is a location to accommodate teams during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and from where teams shall leave for matches. Every national team will chose for one Team Base Camp consisting of a hotel and a training site.

  • Dzerzhinsk

In 2016 the catalogue of Team Base Camp was added with a team base located in the Nizhny Novgorod Region. This Team Base Camp encompasses the Chayka Resort Hotel and a training site at the Khimik Stadium in the town of Dzerzhinsk.


Chayka Resort Hotel has:

  • 100 standard rooms
  • 14 suites


Reconstruction of the Khimik Stadium shall include:

  • new natural turf;
  • new bleachers and locker rooms.


  • Bor

A new training base consisting of a hotel and a natural pitch was built near the town of Bor. The hotel has 75 rooms including 4 suites. Bleachers for 500 seats are expected to be built next to the pitch. The issue of including this base into the official catalogue of Team Base Camps will be considered in 2017. Under the legacy program the base will be used as a sports base for various team sports.

Strigino International Airport

A new terminal for the international airport of Strigino has been commissioned recently.

The area of the new terminal is 27.8 thousand square meters (three times larger than the older terminal) with passenger capacity exceeding 1.5 million people annually.

The terminal is equipped with:

  • 4 jet bridges
  • 18 endoscopes
  • 17 check-in desks
  • 4 baggage carousels
  • modern equipment

A new terminal began to accommodate domestic flights in 2016. International flights were launched in 2017.

Strelka Subway Station

Strelka Subway Station will be the 15th station of the Nizhny Novgorod Subway. Its construction is financed partly from the federal budget. Nizhny Novgorod and St. Petersburg are the only cities among the 11 host cities that have received financing for subway construction for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

Construction works started in the first half of 2015, while in December a tunnel-boring machine was put into operation. Tunnels are approximately three kilometers long and at times 40 meters deep. Stations and crossings are also under construction.

The total length of the construction site including the subway station is 2449 meters. The new line capacity during peak hours is designed at 40 trains an hour in one direction. The carrying capacity is expected to reach 28,000 people in the rush hour. Subway trains in the new tunnels will travel at speeds of over 40 km/h.

According to calculations, the Strelka Subway Station will increase overall passenger traffic of the Nizhny Novgorod Subway by 35-40%.

The station is planned to be put into operation in April 2018.



4 new hotels, including world's leading hotel chains, appeared in Nizhny Novgorod by the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

- Marriott 4* (Ilyinskaya Street – Plotnichny Pereulok Street);

- Hilton 3* (Gorky Street – Kovalikhinskaya Street);

- Hotel 3* on the premises of Malinovaya Sloboda sanatorium in the Bor District.

- Sheraton Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin 5* (Teatralnaya squre)

- Marriott 5* on Teatralnaya Square;

Transport Infrastructure

The key project to be implemented while preparing for the FIFA World Cup™ is the reconstruction of the city motor road called the Molodezhny Prospekt. The project involves construction of a four-lane road 7.1 km long, three viaducts, a two-level interchange, reconstruction of utility lines and development of the adjacent territory. The distinctive feature of a new Molodezhny Prospekt is that the reconstructed road will meet all modern road safety requirements and will have proper pedestrian crossings, barriers and traffic lights made of modern and durable materials. High-quality bituminous surfacing is expected to last for more than 10 years. New sidewalks are designed along the motor road. One of the core issues is the arrangement of a storm-water runoff system currently unavailable there. Construction works shall not affect trees within the borders of the Avtozavodsky Park, as well as monuments of civil architecture in the Avtozavodsky District. The road is a crucial facility as it will help those arriving at the airport to get to the city in the shortest time possible. Upon delivery of this project, new interchanges are planned in the center of the Avtozavodsky District.

While preparing for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, some new roads will be built, the existing ones will bу extended, and pedestrian crossings will be better equipped in the vicinity of the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Several parkings will be arranged in the area.

By the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, it is also planned to fully update the bus fleet.

The Nizhny Novgorod Railway Station is included into the investment program of the Directorate of Railway Stations, a branch of Russian Railways JSC. The Railway Station will be reconstructed to improve its transport security, ensure access for the disabled and other groups of people with limited mobility, to modernize its inner systems.