- Address: Volgograd
- Country: Russia
- Capacity: 45,000
- Opened: 3 April 2018
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Rotor (football)
Extra stadium info – Volgograd Arena
The construction of the Volgograd Arena, which is known as one of the 2018 FIFA World Cup venues, started in 2015. It opened as one of the largest Russian sports venues by capacity. The national football teams of Egypt, England, Iceland, Japan, Nigeria, Poland, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia played at the stadium during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. On 18 June 2018, the Volgograd Arena hosted its first-ever FIFA World Cup match. The national football team of England won the game after beating Tunisia in front of 41,000 spectators.
Harry Edward Kane scored the first FIFA World Cup goal at the Volgograd Arena. He played hundreds of games for the English side Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Kane scored 213 domestic league goals for Tottenham Hotspur before he left the club in 2023. Kane also played professional football for Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich City and Leicester City before he signed with the German side FC Bayern München in 2023.
Other FIFA World Cup matches
The Volgograd Arena hosted three more FIFA World Cup games in 2018. The second world championship game at the venue took place a few days after the first one. The national football team of Nigeria won the game against Iceland. Three days later, Saudi Arabia faced Egypt at the Volgograd Arena. The Saudi side won the world championship match. The last 2018 FIFA World Cup game at the Volgograd Arena was won by Poland after beating Japan.
Rotor use the venue for home games. The club was founded in 1929 under a different name. They played their first-ever Russian top-flight football league match in 1992. Rotor drew an average home attendance of 10,000 during that league season. One year later, Rotor finished below Spartak Moscow in the Russian top-flight football league. Spartak Moscow won various domestic top-flight football league titles before they were crowned Russian football champions in 1993.