Capacity: 45 105 seats
Construction period: May ‘11 – Oct ‘12
Installation of roof support steel – 2.600 t
Contractor: JSC “Stalkonstruktsiya – V”
Description: Kazan Arena
The new stadium in Kazan's eastern district of Savinovo was planned as the city won the organization of Sports Universiade 2013. The design was delivered by “Populous”architectural design firm (same firm of architects as Wembley Stadium and Emirates Stadium in London), who had to modify it significantly since early drawings, because it showed too much resemblance with another stadium by the office – never built Maze Stadium in Lisburn.
It has a unique design, which blends seamlessly into Kazan's urban landscape. Viewed from above, the arena, which stands on the banks of the Kazankariver, resembles a water-lily.
After extensive preparation works (19,000 piles had to be installed into the wet soil), corner stone was installed in May 2010, beginning three years of construction. Significant delays were seen, though not threatening the Universiade.
Significant alterations that contributed to the increase were those done to the face. Instead of light membrane covering the stadium received outer cladding of glass (east) and the largest HD screen of its kind (4,030 sq.m. covering the west).The total height of the stadium will be 49.36 m. The arena will include four tiers of open stands, four frontal and angular sectors.
Ground level sees various spaces for commercial, medical and cultural use, while access to the stands is possible from the vast promenade atop these spaces. Inside are two tiers of seating with 72 luxurious skyboxes.
Opening, postponed several times, finally took place during the Universiade's opening ceremony. Further large events already contracted for the venue include the 2015 FINA World Aquatics Championships, 2017 Confederations Cupand the 2018 World Cup.
A number of sub-stands premises will be given for non-football activities, which are designed to generate revenue.
This refers to a medical-rehabilitation complex with a swimming pool and a shopping & entertainment complex, as well as parkland at adjacent grounds.
LLC PCF "STEELCON" at the construction site
PCF "STEELCON"has been erecting the framing and roofing steel of the stadium since March 2011. A structural feature of the stadium design was the use of pipework with a diameter of 1220-1420mm, 30-50mm thk, made of high-strength steel, grade K60, which required the development and application of special field welding process, including KEMPPI-ESAB automatic orbital welding with flux cored wire in active gas.