About the stadium
Krestovsky Island was chosen as the spot for a new arena in St. Petersburg, to replace the old Kirov Stadium that once seated 110,000 fans. The project presented by renowned Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa was chosen for the new arena. Initial expectations were that the stadium would soon open its doors, but the construction process proved to be protracted. Various contractors were hired, but without success.
The official announcement about the opening of the stadium finally came in December 2016. Despite its controversial construction, Krestovsky is a unique arena. The pitch can be moved out of the stadium, so that the grass can be aired and not damaged during concerts and other events. The stadium has a retractable roof, and it’s possible to maintain comfortable temperatures inside the arena even if it’s extremely cold outside.