5/27/2018 11:44:10 PM (GMT+3)

Samara Arena: World Cup match on a flying saucer

Samara Arena: World Cup match on a flying saucer

MUMBAI, India: The Samara Arena, which will host six matches during the World Cup in Russia next month, was designed based on space themes.

The stadium is distinguished by the outer-space motifs incorporated into its design. The facade is a transparent dome, which gives the impression of a flying saucer or a spaceship.

The venue reflects Samara’s vital role in Russian and global space exploration.

A Round-of-16 tie and a quarterfinal will be held at this venue.

Costa Rica kick off their tournament campaign here against Serbia on June 17 while hosts Russia play their final group-stage match against Uruguay on June 25.

The new stadium was built on the highest part of Samara in the Radiotsentr district.

The first fixtures at the newly constructed stadium took place in April and May this year when the venue was tested for the first time with a match between Krylia Sovetov and Fakel Voronezh in the second-division Football National League.

After Russia 2018, it will become the permanent home ground for local side Krylia Sovetov, who won promotion to the top-flight Russian Premier League at the end of the season just concluded. (fifa.com)