In 2014, SpartakRussian: Спартак Moscow, a Russian football club with almost a century-old history and, arguably, the most numerous army of fans in Russia, finally obtained its own home stadium. Otkritie ArenaRussian: Открытие Арена is now among one of Moscow’s landmarks. This UEFA Category 4 stadium can seat up to 45,000 people. Its state-of-the-art technical equipment allowed it to be considered for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Interestingly, the stadium has two official names. It was named Otkritie Arena in honour of its main sponsor, but it is called Spartak StadiumRussian: Stadion Spartak or Стадион Спартак during international football matches among clubs and national teams.
Spartak Moscow has been the most award-winning club in Russia since 1922. The Spartak team is the 22-time champion of the USSR and of Russia and the most successful Russian team in Europe’s most prestigious football tournament (it was the semi-final winner of the 1990-91 UEFA Champions League). This stadium is not only home to Moscow’s Spartak, but also to the Russian national football team. It is here that the national team played most of its qualifier matches for the 2016 UEFA European Championship.
Otkritie Arena’s design meets the highest modern standards and is on par with the best European stadiums, with its well thought out security system, spacious corridors and information signs, an efficient dining system and comfortable seats. Otkritie Arena is only a 5-to-7-minute walk from SpartakRussian: Спартак Metro Station, while it takes about 10 minutes to walk from TushinskayaRussian: Тушинская Metro Station.
Approximately 150 to 170 events of varying kinds take place here annually, in addition to football matches, which is made possible thanks to Otkritie Arena’s ultramodern technical equipment that can transform the arena into a venue for various concerts, exhibitions and festivals. The stadium’s capacity allows the world’s top musicians to give performances on its stage. These performances have included Rammstein, Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the incomparable Lana del Rey. The stadium hosts the annual MaksidromRussian: Максидром, a large-scale modern popular and alternative music festival.
The stadium is located in a picturesque area in the northern part of the capital on the banks of the Moskva riverRussian: Moskva-reka or Москва-река. It was constructed on the site of Tushino AirportRussian: aerodrom Tushino or аэродром Тушино, and the territory adjoining the stadium is immense. In fact, journalists often use the adjacent venue with a racetrack for car test drives.
For those who would love to find out more about the historical background of the Spartak Moscow football club, Otkrytiye Arena offers excursions to the stadium and to Spartak Moscow’s Hall of Fame. You will see 600 rare artifacts that belonged to the football players and coaches of this legendary club, have a look at the most memorable excerpts from Spartak matches and at the goals scored by Spartak players, as well as learn what the stadium looks like from the outside. You can also pay a visit to the football players’ checkroom, explore the VIP boxRussian: VIP-lozha or VIP-ложа, sit for a while on the coach’s bench and have your picture taken by the side of the monument to the Starostin brothers, the legendary founders of the club, and to Fyodor Cherenkov, a football player who was very popular in Russia. Tickets are sold at the stadium club’s store.© 2016-2018 moscovery.com