Fisht Olympic Stadium

Sochi’s Fisht stadium was opened in time for the Winter Olympics in February 2014 and you may remember it as the host venue for the Games’ opening and closing ceremonies. Since the Olympics, the stadium has been refitted to enable it to play host to competitive and friendly football matches featuring the national side. It has a capacity of around 47,000.

The stadium's name is a reference to Mount Fisht, one of the peaks in the Caucasus Mountains. In the local Adygeyan language, it translates as “white head” and opinion is divided as to whether the stadium most closely resembles a mountain summit or a white helmet. What's not disputed is that it's an iconic and striking building.

One of the most interesting things about it is that it is not the home of any particular football team. Unlike most stadiums, which are built with the aim of hosting a club, Fisht Olympic Stadium had no aim other than hosting the major tournaments that Russia was awarded. There were plans for a Russian First Division side named FC Zhemchuzhina-Sochi to move into the ground, but the club was dissolved in 2013 so those plans were scrapped. Instead the Russian national side uses the ground as a training venue. It's also rumored that the local Formula 1 track might end up running through it.

 

history

Fisht Olympic Stadium was built to serve as the centerpiece venue of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. During the Olympics, it hosted both the opening and closing ceremony.

The stadium lacked a purpose following the Games, but was selected as one of the playing venues of the 2018 World Cup. For this, the closed roof had to be opened up, and additional seating was placed to boost capacity with a little over 6,000 seats. Works were completed in late 2016.  배트맨토토

During the 2018 World Cup, Fisht Olympic Stadium hosted four first round group games, one round of 16 match, and the quarter-final between Croatia and Russia (2-2).

Previously, Fisht Olympic Stadium was also one of the playing venues of the 2017 Confederations Cup during which it hosted one of the two semi-finals.

Until 2018, the stadium did not have a permanent occupant, but it became the home of PFC Sochi when the club was founded in 2018 on the license of Dynamo St. Petersburg.