Description: FC KrasnodarStadium
First ever own stadium for just-established team FC Krasnodar was commissioned in 2011 by billionaire Sergei Galitsky. The project was awarded to SPeeCH, who earlier delivered smaller facilities for the club. This Russian office benefitted from international cooperation with greats like GMP Architekten and Schlaich Bergermann& Partners. The outcome is a clear, simple and elegant form resembling the Roman Coliseum.
With oval footprint, the stadium rises to 42.8 meters, nearly equaling the height of 17-floor blocks erected simultaneously just north of the building. South of the stadium a large public park was planned as an extension of stadium plaza. East side neighbors with FC Krasnodar’s football academy, while the west is the main façade fans are expected to see.
No racetracks – the stadium will be purely football. The size of the playing field is 105 × 68 meters. In terms of the utility systems of the pitch, there are: drainage system, heating system, irrigation system, lawn grass lighting system, automation of game field maintenance systems and sub-soil aeration system are called for here.
And it’s quite awesome façade! From the covered turnstiles, through a vast landscaped plinth, to the very Coliseum-alike colonnade, the stadium is thought-through in every detail. While it’s concrete as usual deep down, all of the main structure is clad with Italian stone and metal, creating a striking visual effect.
Once fans reach the colonnade, they’re already at the top of the auditorium’s lower tier. There are two floors below them (largely used for underground parking) and two above them. The seating bowl itself is very compact, able to hold 34,000 people. Initial announcements suggested an expansion option would be included, but that did not happen.
The emphasis is on comfort, thus the high-end furnishings. Even the concrete beneath individual seats is painted, getting darker towards the highest rows. This way it almost blends with the stadium’s signature feature, the world’s first panoramic stadium screen, covering over 4,800 m2 between fans and the roof. The surface makes it Europe’s largest by far and enables the creation of unique atmosphere during events.
Above the auditorium there’s a roof like you’ve seen at many stadia created by GMP and SBP. Except that this one is the first cable and membrane roof to have giant heaters mounted beneath it, assuring that fans are warm even during harsh winters in Krasnodar.
The stadium offers 82,000 m2 of floor space, a lot of which is used to provide 249 parking bays underneath the stands. Another major part is used for corporate hospitality as business seats are spread through all four stands. There are 21 private boxes (and a 22nd large presidential one) and a total of 3,197 business seats.
On the territory of the stadium are located: a cafe, a fan club, a club shop, a museum, a nightclub, several banquet halls, a fitness room, business clubs and room for children. In the western part of the building there is an atrium with a spiral staircase connecting all 6 floors of the stadium. The club itself laid out the park near the stadium and built an underground parking lot.
LLC PCF "STEELCON" is very proud of having its hands in erecting of one of the best venues in Russia: more than 3.500 tons roofing steel were installed in the autumn of 2014.