Luzhniki Stadium - Russian National Team Stadium Guide

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Last Updated: August 14, 2021

Exterior of Luzhniki Stadium at night

The Luzhniki Stadium located within the Luzhniki Olympic Complex in Moscow, is the home ground of the Russian Football team. First opened in 1956, the current capacity is 78,360 with renovations set to take place for the 2018 World Cup.

Russian National Team Stadium Guide

Stadium Facts

Overview
Team:Russian National Team
Opened:1956
Capacity:78,011
Address: Luzhniki Street 24, Moscow, 119048
Pitch Size:105 m x 68 m
Record Attendance:102,538 Soviet Union vs Italy (13th October 1963)
Stadium Owner:Government of Moscow
Operator:Luzhniki Olympic Sport Complex JSC
Wikipedia:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luzhniki_Stadium
Official Site:https://eng.luzhniki.ru/
Stadium Names
Names:стадион Лужники (Russian), Grand Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex
Former Names:Central Lenin Stadium (1956–1992)
Construction Details
Broke Ground:1955
Built:1955-1956
Architect:PA Arena, Gmp Architekten and Mosproject-4
Construction Cost:€350 million (2013–2017)
Renovated:1996–1997, 2001–2004, 2013–2017

Luzhniki Stadium History

Named after the Olympic Sports Complex in Moscow which it resides in, Luzhniki Stadium literally translates as “The Meadows” with the name derived from the natural area of wetland created by the bend of the Moskva River. Formerly known as Central Lenin Stadium between 1956 – 1992, Luzhniki was formerly the national stadium of the Soviet Union and today is the national stadium of Russia itself.

Constructed as a multi-purpose sports venue complete with athletics track around the perimeter of the pitch, Luzhniki is primarily used for football matches and is currently being renovated in time for the 2018 World Cup where it will be country’s centrepiece of the tournament. With a capacity of 81,000 it is the largest football ground in the country ahead of the newly constructed Otkrytie and Kazan Arenas.

Russia’s national Stadium is famous for being one of the few major stadiums in Europe to use an artificial playing surface with FIFA approving the use of synthetic fibres in 2002 due to the cold Russian Winters making it impossible to cultivate a high-quality playing surface on a consistent basis. Natural grass was however installed for the 2008 Champions League Final between Manchester United and Chelsea at the request of UEFA.

Fans across Europe may also remember the stadium for hosting the 1999 UEFA Cup final between Marseille and Parma which the iconic Italian side won  three nil, and after Luzniki hosts the World Cup is over it will be one of four stadiums in the world which will have hosted the World Cup Final as well as the Champions League Final and Summer Olympics with Moscow hosting the global Athletics event in 1980.

Exterior of Luzhniki Stadium

View of Luzhniki Stadium

Russian National Team Info

Full Name:Russian National Football Team
Rivals:Ukraine
Founded:1912 (Soviet Union)
Team Colours:Blue, White and Red
Club Mascot:Eagle
Nicknames:Наши парни (Our Guys), Сборная (The National Team)
Famous Players:Roman Pavlyuchenko, Andrey Arshavin, Igor Akinfeev, Yuri Zhirkov, Lev Yashin, Rinat Dasayev
Famous Managers:Fabio Capello, Leonid Slutsky, Stanislav Cherchesov, Guus Hiddink, Dick Advocaat
Team Owner:Russian Football Union
Team Goalscorer:Artem Dzyuba & Aleksandr Kerzhakov (30)
Most Appearances:Sergei Ignashevich (127)
Official Website:https://www.rfs.ru/
Team Wikipedia:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia_national_football_team

Luzhniki Stadium Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan of Russian National Team's Luzhniki Stadium:

Luzhniki Stadium Moscow Seating map

Stand Photos

Luzhniki Stadium is one continuous bowl divided into four sections: North, East, South and West.

Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the Stadium.

Matchday Experience

Luzhniki Stadium Away Section

When Newcastle United took on Anzhi Makhachkala in a Europa League match back in March 2013 the brave away fans who made the trip were housed within the south-west corner. Although it appears as if less than 100 made the trip, the theoretical allocation for away fans is easily a few thousand tickets.

Best Pubs near ground

The sale of alcohol inside the stadium is usually prohibited during International and UEFA sanctioned matches which means you will likely want to drink a few pints centrally before hopping on the metro.

Russian National Team Club Shop

Whilst there isn’t an football store at the stadium the streets around Luzhniki are usually lined with vendors selling a mixture of official and unofficial merchandise before kick-off.

Can you take a stadium Tour?

It doesn’t appear as if tours of Luzhniki are currently available however this may change in coming years in the lead up to, and after the 2018 World Cup.

How to buy Russian National Team Tickets

Whether you’re hoping to watch your country or your team at the Luzhniki, you should always purchase away tickets in advance of the match. Typically your club’s official website will have all of the relevant ticketing information for Champions/Europa League Matches, and your football association will have it covered for Internationals.

If Russian Teams are playing domestic matches at Luzhniki Stadium then there’s a strong possibility that you can pick up tickets before kick-off as the large capacity is rarely sold out.

How to get to Luzhniki Stadium

Where is Luzhniki Stadium?

The stadium sits within Luzhniki Sports Complex located within the northern bank of the Moskva river approximately 6.5 km south-west of Moscow’s most central point.


Driving

The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:

  • st. Luzhniki, 24, Moskva, Russia

Car Parks

In order to gain entry to the sports complex you must pay a fee of 100 rubles, however once you are in on-site parking is free between 7.00 am – 11.00 pm. Overnight parking is available for 500 rubles.

Metro

The easiest and most popular way of travelling to Luzhniki is undoubtedly via Moscow’s Metro system. The nearest stop “Sportivnaya” or ?????????? in Russian sits the Sokolnicheskaya Line which is informally known as Line 1: Red.

We recommend catching it from the “Lubyanka” station in the city centre which is less than five minutes away from Red Square.

Airports and Flying

As Russia’ capital and largest city by population, Moscow is served by no less than four international airports, however Sheremetyevo is the most commonly used. This airport handles 60% of all international flights which means there’s a strong possibility that you will land here.

Upon landing you can catch an express train service into the city centre.

Hotels Near Luzhniki Stadium

There are a number of places to stay within a five minute radius of Luzhniki Sports Complex such as the Yunost, the blues Hotel, and Mosfilm however it’s fair to say that none of these are located within the most liveliest of areas.

As a result you’ll probably have a more enjoyable trip if you book something within the city centre where you will find an abundance of choice including familiar western names such as Hotel Ibis, Radisson and four Holiday Inns.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who plays at Luzhniki Stadium?

Russian side Russian National Team play their home matches at Luzhniki Stadium.

What is the capacity of Luzhniki Stadium?

As of 2021 Luzhniki Stadium has an official seating capacity of 78,011 for Football matches.

When was Luzhniki Stadium opened?

Luzhniki Stadium officially opened in 1956 and is home to Russian National Team

What is the postcode for Luzhniki Stadium?

The postcode for Luzhniki Stadium is 119048.

Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?

Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit Luzhniki Stadium in 2021. Please visit the official website of Russian National Team for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.

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