The Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg is home to regular Russian Premier League side FC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast. Currently with a capacity of 27,000 the ground first opened in 1957.
Yekaterinburg Central Stadium first opened in 1957 as a multi-purpose arena although this wasn’t the first instance of the land being used a sporting venue. Previously the site had been used from everything such as Cycling to Speed Skating during the early parts of the 20th century, although today it is primarily used for the football matches of local side FC Ural.
The Central Stadium’s current form is largely derived from the large scale reconstruction which occurred over a five year period between 2006 and 2011. Becoming a public entity in 2004, the local municipal councils formulated plans for the stadium and hired French architectural firm Valode et Pistre to design the medium sized, 27,000 capacity stadium.
Initially estimated to cost around $40 million dollars, the costs of the project rose due to the listed status of parts of the stadium, and the completion date was continually put back due to several contractual disputes and disagreements with the hired construction firms. Five years later after local council began the tender, the opening ceremony and inaugural friendly was held on the 19th August 2011.
To the frustration of all involved in the original renovations it would appear as if the stadium future is one of further building work as Yekaterinburg was included as part of Russia’s bid to the host the 2018 World Cup.
With FIFA requiring all stadiums to have a minimum capacity of 40,000 local residents are angry at the possibility of further tax payers money being spent to remodel the ground so soon after the original investment with some experts suggesting that it would be cheaper to build an entirely new stadium from scratch.
Below is a seating plan for Yekaterinburg’s central stadium:
Yekaterinburg’s central stadium is comprised of four stands: North, East, South and West.
Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand.
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The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows: