Grand Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex
* Address: Luzhniki Street, 24, Moscow
* Country: Russia
* Capacity: 81,000
* Opened: 31 July 1956
* Main use: Football
Extra stadium info – Grand Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex
The Grand Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex became a venue for several events, like athletics, concerts, football, ice hockey, rugby sevens and wrestling. Spartak Moscow had been tenants of the stadium until they moved to a new home in 2014. In 2017, they became the first Russian football club with 10 domestic top-flight league titles. The stadium’s record attendance was set in 1963, when 102,000 people showed up for a football match between the USSR and the national football team of the Italian Republic. In 1980, the stadium was one of the venues for the world famous Games of the Olympiad. On 20 October 1982, a disaster occured during a UEFA Cup match. 66 people died in the stampede, which made it the nation’s worst sporting disaster at the time.
In 2008, the venue hosted the first UEFA Champions League final in Russia. 67,000 spectators attended the prestigious football match, which was won by Manchester United Football Club after defeating Chelsea Football Club. It was the first UEFA Champions League final between two English clubs. The first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup was played at the stadium. 78,000 people attended the game between the national football teams of Russia and Saudi Arabia. Russia won the match 5-0. Yury Gazinsky scored the first goal of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The venue also hosted the 2018 FIFA World Cup final, which was won by the national football team of the French Republic after beating Croatia 4-2.