1. Krestovsky Stadium
Location: St. Petersburg
Team: Zenit St. Petersburg
Russia kicked off the tournament with their 2-0 win over New Zealand.
2. Kazan Arena
Team: FC Rubin Kazan
First opened in 2013, the stadium is notable for having the largest outside screen in Europe, running across one stand’s entire outer wall. The stadium will also be used for the World Cup next year.
3. Otkrytie Arena
Team: Spartak Moscow
The home ground of Russia’s newly-crowned champions Spartak Moscow, since it was built in 2014, the Otkrytie Arena has been the scene of many fiery clashes in Russia’s top league.
4. Fisht Olympic Stadium
The stadium has been in the international spotlight since it hosted the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics. To meet FIFA’s regulations, it was converted into an open-air football stadium for the 2017 Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup.
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