- Address: Kaliningrad
- Country: Russia
- Capacity: 35,000
- Opened: 11 April 2018
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Baltika (football)
Extra stadium info – Rostec Arena
The construction of the football stadium, which is located in the European part of Russia, started in 2015. It was known as the Kaliningrad Stadium before it became the Rostec Arena in 2023. On 16 June 2018, the venue hosted its first-ever FIFA World Cup match. The national football team of Croatia won the match against Nigeria 2-0. 31,000 people attended the game. The Croatians took the lead when Mario Mandžukić’s header from a corner was deflected into his own goal by Oghenekaro Etebo. Luka Modrić secured the win from the penalty spot after William Troost-Ekong fouled Mandžukić at a corner.
More FIFA World Cup games
On 22 June 2018, the Rostec Arena hosted its second match for the FIFA World Cup. The national football team of the Swiss Confederation, commonly known as Switzerland, won the world championship game after defeating Serbia. A few days later, Spain faced Morocco in the third FIFA World Cup match at the Rostec Arena. The game ended in a 2-2 draw. The last 2010 FIFA World Cup match at the Rostec Arena was a match between the national football teams of England and Belgium. The Belgians won the game. Adnan Januzaj scored the only goal in the match.
Football club Baltika use the Rostec Arena for home matches. The club was founded in 1954 under a different name. In 1995, they were promoted to the Russian top-flight football league for the first time in their history. Baltika finished seventh place in the Russian top division in 1996. They drew an average home attendance of 17,000 during that domestic top-flight football league season. Later, the Rostec Arena opened with a football match between Baltika and Krylia Sovetov. The game ended in a 1-0 victory for the home side. Senin Hyacinthe Sebai scored the only goal in the match. He was born in 1993 in the Côte d’Ivoire.