A few days before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, the city of Kazan is preparing for the biggest sporting event of the year.
Six matches will take place at the Kazan Arena stadium and thousands of people are expected to pass through the city in the coming weeks.
In IaniWorld we have been touring the city in previous months and in the respective articles we show you the most famous places of this beautiful city, located 800 kilometers east of Moscow.
Recommendations on transport, gastronomy and tours, you will also find in those reports.
Now it’s time to talk about football and about the essential places that will be directly involved in this new FIFA World Cup.
The city of Kazan was chosen as host along with 11 other cities in Russia: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Sochi, Saransk, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg and Volgograd.
The Kazan Arena is a stadium located north of the city next to the Kazanka River. It was inaugurated in June 2013 for the Summer Universiades and also hosted four matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017.
With a capacity of 45,379 spectators, it is one of the most modern stadiums in the world, also highlighted by its giant screen that is part of the outside.
The six matches to be played in the city are:
- June 16, Group C: France – Australia 13:00 hours.
- June 20, Group B: Iran – Spain 21:00 hours.
- June 21, Group H: Poland – Colombia 21:00 hours.
- June 27, Group F: South Korea – Germany 17:00 hours.
- June 30, Round of 16: C1 – D2 17:00 hours.
- July 6, Quarter-finals: W53 – W54 21:00 hours.
The volunteer positions (blue dots) are shown on the map below, where people from Russia and other countries who applied and went through a selection process will assist fans in different needs.
In addition, the locations of the Kazan Arena, the Fan Fest and the acquisition points of Tickets and Fan ID are indicated.
FIFA Fan Fest
The 11 cities will have their place for the Fan Fest, a space where matches can be followed live and enjoy many musical, sports and entertainment activities. The designated places in each city are shown below.
- Moscow Sparrow Hills: located on a small hill on the banks of the Moscova River, near the Luzhniki Olympic Stadium and the main building of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. Capacity: 40.ooo assistants.
- Kaliningrad Central Square: It is a historic square in the heart of the city. Capacity: 25,000 people.
- Saint Petersburg Konyushennaya Square: Located next to the Church of the Savior on Blood, in the historic center of the city. Capacity: 15,000 attendees.
- Yekaterimburg Mayakovsky Central Park: Large amusement park located near the center. Capacity: 17,000 attendees.
- Samara Kuybysheva Square: In the heart of the city and almost an hour from the Samara Arena. Capacity: 35,000 attendees.
- Volgograd The 62nd Army Embankment: Located on the banks of the Volga River. Capacity: 30,000 people.
- Rostov-on-Don Theatre Square: In a large square in the center of the city, 5 kilometers from the stadium. Capacity: 25,000 people.
- Saransk Sovetskaya Square: It is the main square in the center of the city. Capacity: 25,000 attendees.
- Sochi The building of the Sochi Seaport: Located next to the waters of the Black Sea and half an hour from the stadium. Capacity: 10,000 people.
- Nizhny Novgorod Minina and Pozharsky Square: It is the main square of the city. Capacity: 15,000 attendees.
- Kazan Family Center: Located on the banks of the Kazanka River and 3.5 kilometers from the stadium. Capacity: 30,000 people.
The FIFA Fan Fest in our city will take place in the park located next to the Kazan Family Center, a building with a peculiar cup shape where the civil registry offices of the city operate.
It is located 3,500 meters west of the Kazan Arena, on the Sibgata Kakhima Avenue and also on the banks of the Kazanka River.
From this place you get fantastic views of the city center on the south bank of the river, where the buildings that are part of the Kazan Kremlin stand out.
The FIFA Fan Fest will offer broadcasts of matches on screen, recitals and shows, exhibitions and various entertainment activities organized by FIFA and sponsors.
The visiting rules can be found on this link.
- List of prohibited objects in the Fan Fest and stadiums:
Paper rolls or paper in reams. Glass containers and bottles. Bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, kick scooters. Liquids. Gliders, drones, kites and other gliding aircraft. Any animals, other than assistance dogs. Aerosol cylinders. Coloring matters except makeup products. Food and beverages. Musical instruments, vuvuzelas. Umbrellas that are longer than 25cm when closed. Masks, helmets designed for concealing a person’s identity. Selfie sticks, tripods, monopods. Flags and banners larger than 2 x 1.5m. Weapons, piercing and cutting items. Folding chairs and benches. Granular materials, irrespective of amount. Thermoses and flasks. Explosive, flammable, and pyrotechnic substances. Bullet-proof vests, corsets. Radio electronic devices, lights and other items that may cause inconvenience to spectators.
The stadium will open its doors about 3 hours before the start of the game. It is recommended that fans arrive with enough time in advance to avoid delays when going through the various security controls.
The rules of coexistence and the list of prohibited elements must be taken into account, all well specified in the following link: The Rules.
The avenues surrounding the stadium, Chistopolska and Khusaina Yamasheva, will be closed to traffic. The exclusive parking for those fans who have an entry to the game, are located in the following places:
- Dvorets Edinoborstv “Ak Bars” (Avenue F. Amirkhan, 1g).
- Multi-level parking of the Hockey Club «Ak Bars» (Street Hakim, 23).
The Kazan Arena stadium is divided into four sectors (A, B, C and D). In turn, these are divided into blocks of seats, as detailed in the image below. For its part, each block has its respective rows of seats. The location of our seat is specified in the tickets (example “Block C126, Row 7, Seat 12”). Depending on the place that has assigned us, we will have to use our nearest access point.
For fans with reduced mobility, FIFA offers audio-descriptive equipment, special vehicles and special lines for review at the entrance to the stadium. More information on this can be found in this link.
Meanwhile, for those days whose games end late at night, a “waiting area” was assigned where fans can rest before leaving the city. The place will be located in the Sports Palace, a few meters from the Kremlin and the Central Railway Station.
The resting place will operate from 9 pm on the day of the event until 9 am on the following day.
For the days of matches, the city of Kazan has provided special buses for fans, which will connect various points of the city with the stadium.
They will have limited stops and will operate at the following times:
|June 16||9:00 to 17:00|
|June 20||17:00 to 01:00|
|June 24||17:00 to 01:00|
|June 27||13:00 to 21:00|
|June 30||13:00 to 21:00|
|July 6||17:00 to 01:00|
The service is divided into three routes: the TS-1 with vehicles every 3 minutes, the TS-2 with a frequency of 8 minutes and the TS-4 with buses every 15 minutes.
Another way to get around in the city is the metro. The line crosses the city from north to south and has stations near the Kremlin, the Fan ID stand and the Fan Fest.
As in other host cities of this World Cup, Kazan offers fans free travel on public transport (train, metro, tram, bus, trolleybus). For this, it is REQUIRED to show the controller the ticket and the Fan ID.
The free service will only work on the days when there are matches in the city. For cases in which a sporting event ends late, the service will be available up to three hours after the end of the event.
Three selections chose kazan to establish their base
Nothing better than to finish this report knowing the facilities chosen by three teams that used kazan to establish their base camp and training center.
Australia, Colombia and Japan will be based in this city during the first phase of the championship. From the round of 16, they can choose to continue in Kazan and fly to the cities where the matches are held, or travel and set up in each one of them.
The Australian team will play all three group matches in the cities of Kazan, Samara and Sochi. The base chosen by the country of Oceania is Kazan, which allows to play a local match and then fly to the other cities.
The base chosen is the HC Ak Bars Training Base. This place belongs to the Ak Bars ice hockey team and is located near the center of the city and 4 kilometers south of the Kazan Arena.
This complex has a hotel, medical and rehabilitation center, gym, tennis courts and recreational area.
The training site will be Trudovye Rezervy Stadium, located within the same complex.
The Colombian team will play matches in Saransk, Kazan and Samara. The choice of Kazan as its base allows them to play one of them locally and fly less than an hour to the other two venues.
The base site is the Sky Resort Kazan, in Savino Village, located in the Metropolitan Area of Kazan and 40 kilometers southeast of the Kazan Arena.
This complex has hotels, apartments, alpine houses, cabins, golf course in summer and ski slope in winter.
Your training center will be the Sviyaga Stadium, located in the Medvedkovo Village, just 3 kilometers from the Sky Resort.
Unlike the previous selections, the Japanese does not dispute any match in Kazan, but will do so in the cities of Saransk, Yekaterinburg and Volgograd.
The strategic position of Kazan in the middle of these three cities has made Japan decide to settle here. Their chosen place is the FC Rubin Kazan First Team Training Ground, located near the Kazan-2 Train Station, 7 kilometers northwest of the Kazan Arena.
In addition to providing accommodation space, it has tennis courts, a swimming pool and a gymnasium.
The training center is a stadium with capacity for 10,000 people located within the same complex.