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Groundhopping Russia: A World Cup Stadium tour

Monday 11th June 2018

A dozen stadiums in 11 cities. The World Cup is three days away. The hype is unreal. Russia is the first Eastern European country to host the World Cup. 

It's a case of six of one, a half dozen of the other. Six venues were built for this World Cup. The others were old and required renovation. Some were shown off in the FIFA Confederations Cup, last year. Another was built for the 2014 Winter Olympics. In a seaside beach resort. Because Russia. 

A total of US$5.3 billion was spent to ensure the stadiums will live on after the tournament. Apart from the Fisht Stadium, each one serves as a home to a local club.

Sixty-four games will be played. Each venue hosts a minimum of four games. The first game will be held on 14 June. The grass is wet (even the artificial), the stands, the facade, the lights and the scenery for all the stadiums are stunning.

Let's take a tour.

Harsh Vardhan

A pilot in the making residing in India, Harsh is also an ardent follower of European football and his heart resides in Manchester, particularly the blues. He has deep passion for writing, with special admiration for combined-elevens, while also contributing to the sports column of a local daily.

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