Completed:Â Early 2018 (expected)
Games hosted at Russia 2018:Â Group G,Â 18 June;Â Group D,Â 22 June;Â Group A,Â 25 June;Â Group H,Â 28 June.
History lessonÂ The stadium is new, but the site can tell a tale or two. Here used to stand the Central Stadium, home to Rotor Volgograd and venue for the goalless first leg of their famous Uefa Cup win over Manchester United in 1995. That was a classic Soviet bowl; its replacement, where work began in 2015 after the old groundâ€™s demolition, looks very different and its exterior design is intended to resemble basketwork.
Star attractionÂ The finished article should have a light, airy feel that sits well with visitors; it will be worth a pilgrimage, too, for anyone wanting to remember one of the more enduring European shock results of the 1990s.
Any hitches?Â A few minor issues. In June a small fire broke out on the site after a welding accident, and it had to be combed thoroughly for unexploded ordnance after bombs from the Battle of Stalingrad were found in 2014. The stadium appears to be running slightly behind its originally scheduled completion, but nothing to worry about where next summer is concerned.
LegacyÂ Rotor expect to play here although, once again, their ability to get anywhere near filling the ground is in grave doubt. It would help if they clawed their way up from rock bottom of Russiaâ€™s second division; at present it would probably take another visit from United to draw a full house. The capacity will drop by around 10,000, though.
Editor:Â Jim Powell
Writer:Â Nick Ames
Graphics:Â Pablo Gutierrez
PhotographsÂ AFP, AP, Fifa, Getty Images and Reuters
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