The RZD ArenaRussian: stadion «RZD» or стадион «РЖД Арена» is in the fourth (the highest) UEFA category, with a capacity of 28,000 people. It is the home stadium of the Russian national team and of Lokomotiv Moscow. Its outstanding condition and its specialization in football enable the Lokomotiv Stadium to remain one of the most sought-after stadiums in Russia. There is also special section for families with children, catering to even the youngest sportspeople.
THE STADIUM IN THE PAST AND NOW
Stalinets StadiumRussian: stadion «Stalinets» or стадион «Сталинец», built on the site of the present-day Lokomotiv in 1935, was the home ground of almost all Moscow football teams in the aftermath of WWII, as the Dinamo StadiumRussian: stadion «Dinamo» or стадион «Динамо» had been closed down and the LuzhnikiRussian: Лужники Stadium had not yet been constructed. The Lokomotiv Stadium, built on the site of the Stalinets in 1966, was handed over to the eponymous team managed by the USSR Ministry of Railways. In subsequent years, it was the home ground of both Soviet and Russian teams and it also hosted international tournaments.
In 2000, the old Lokomotiv Stadium was closed for renovation, and a team of architects headed by Andrey Bokov worked for two years to create the new stadium which was the unmatched in size and quality in Russia at the time. Its focus on football means that there are no running tracks around the pitch, and the stadium is topped by a roof supported by roosts stretched on four reinforced concrete pylons giving the impression that the stadium is bordered with four letter ‘L’s, which have become a very dear symbol to the Lokomotiv football team fans.
In 14 years, the stadium hosted countless matches of the Lokomotiv football club and served as the home ground for the Russian national team. The Champions League matches against Arsenal F.C., Inter Milan, Borussia Dortmun and Atlético Madrid also took place here.
The RZD Arena is a great place to visit with your family. The Family sectorRussian: Semeynyi sektor or Семейный сектор in the stands makes it possible for young football fans to enjoy matches together with their parents or hang out with other kids in a play space under the supervision of entertainers. All kids facilities are free of charge, including the big inflatable bouncer, air hockey, table tennis, educational and video games. Guests to this sector have the opportunity to talk to football players during autograph signing sessions and to take part in prize drawings. When the football match is over, treat yourself to a meal in the family café which features a menu for kids. Admission is free for children under 6.
The School sector on the upper tier of the East StandRussian: Vostochnaya tribuna or Восточная трибуна is open to school-aged fans who can enjoy the game without their parents being worried about their safety. There is also another sector for university students.
ACTIVITIES AND THE CLUB MUSEUM
The stadium arranges exciting activities for guests of all ages. A visit to the team’s changing room, the club president’s office or the museum dedicated to the team are all available. Visitors can learn how the arena is managed on match days and are even allowed to go out onto the football field only a few hours before the football players.
This activity starts at the stadium’s main square where a real locomotive, produced at the Voroshilovgrad Engine PlantRussian: Voroshilovgradskiy parovozostroitelnyi zavod or Ворошиловградский паровозостроительный завод, was installed in 2006 as official symbol of the club.
The museum dedicated to the Lokomotiv football team will be of interest to those who are keen on the history of Russian football. The hall on the first floor houses a fan zone, where cups and certificates of merit won by the team’s fans are on display. Medals, cups, valuable awards and historical artifacts are displayed on the second floor, along with rare photographs and films about the Lokomotiv’s past and present. Visitors can also take pictures with models of the football players from the first ever team.
Afterwards, stroll around the Sportive Complex and into the Walk of FameRussian: Alleya Slavy or Аллея Славы, where eleven stars bearing the names of football players, coaches and other people of importance to the history of the club can be seen in front of the stadium’s South StandRussian: Yuzhnaya tribuna or Южная трибуна. The Maple AlleyRussian: Klenovaya alleya or Кленовая аллея with its first trees planted by the club’s former and current team players in 2011 is located behind the North StandRussian: Severnaya tribuna or Северная трибуна.
The RZD Arena also features a fitness centre, FootBowlingRussian: ФутБоулинг, an ice palace, a gymnastics centre, tennis courts and football fields, all open to the public.
If you want to continue exploring the area, head straight for the Cherkizovsky ParkRussian: Черкизовский парк. Getting to the stadium is easy as it’s at about a hundred metres from CherkizovskayaRussian: Черкизовская Metro Station. A new station of the Moscow Ring RailwayRussian: Moskovskoe Tsentralnoe Koltso or Московское Центральное Кольцо (or MCCRussian: MTsK or МЦК), called LokomotivRussian: Локомотив, opened here in 2016.© 2016-2018 moscovery.com