About the stadium
Luzhniki is Russia’s national stadium. It hosted the 1980 Olympic Games, the UEFA Champions League final in 2008, and the IAAF World Athletics Championships in 2013. It has also been the venue for concerts by some of the world’s greatest performers, including The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, U2 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Ahead of the World Cup, the stadium closed for several years for major reconstruction work. The attendance has been increased from 78,000 to 81,000, while the roof has also been rebuilt to provide complete cover for all the seating in the stadium. A new pitch has been laid, with natural grass replacing the old synthetic surface. The historic façade of the stadium has been restored.
Luzhniki will host the opening game of the FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia on June 14, and will be the venue for the final on July 15. In between, it will host several group games, as well as a Round of 16 game and one semi-final.