Ekaterinburg Arena (previously known as Central Stadium) is a multi-purpose stadium. Located in the Ural Mountains, it is the most eastwardly of the 12 venues chosen for World Cup 2018. Prior to World Cup 2018, its capacity was 27,000. To increase seating to the required 35,000 minimum, new design ideas had to be be found during refurbishment. Two new metro lines were also built to serve the stadium.
Condition: The stadium was built from 1953 to 1957. It was later upgraded during 2007 to 2011. To meet the FIFA requirements it needed further refurbishment, most recently having thousands of temporary seats added outside of the stadium perimeter.
Matches: Egypt 0 : 1 Uruguay (June 15), France 1 : 0 Peru (June 21), Japan 2 : 2 Senegal (June 24), Mexico v Sweden (June 27)
World Cup 2018 Venues : Luzhniki Stadium, Spartak Stadium, St Petersburg Stadium, Kaliningrad Stadium, Kazan Arena, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Cosmos Arena, Volgograd Arena, Mordovia Arena, Rostov Arena, Fisht Olympic Stadium, Ekaterinburg Arena