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Gallery | Russia’s World Cup stadiums and who built them

At last, the World Cup is here! And while fans world over will be keeping a close eye on footballing maestros Ronaldo, Messi and Kane, many of us will also be keeping an eagle eye on the stadiums that they are playing in. 

In total Russia has built seven new stadiums for the World Cup and renovated three existing venues.

The national stadium, Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, will host the opening ceremony and first game tonight while each other venue will host at least four games throughout the tournament.

The pièce de résistance in terms of Russia’s World Cup stadiums, the Luzniki Stadium is the oldest of all the venues in the tournament having first been first opened in 1956.

With a capacity of 80,000 the Luzhniki will play host to seven games in total including one semi-final and the final itself.

It was modernised with the World Cup in mind, with construction work taking place between 2013-2017, costing around £308M. It will host seven games in total including one semi-final and the final itself.

Some of the stadiums opened late due to problems with construction and funding but all are now ready for action.

So while the opening fixture (Russia vs Saudi Arabia) may fail to get the pulse racing, this list of stadiums and who built them will hopefully get engineers and football fans in the right spirit. 

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