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Russia’s VTB Arena to be the main venue for 2018 FIFA World Cup
VTB Arena in Moscow, Russia designed by Erick van Egeraat and Mikhail Posokhin, will be the main venue for 2018 FIFA World Cup, with Russia offically chosen by FIFA Executive Committee to host the event.
Erick van Egeraat has designed the VTB Arena Park complex scheme, which involves the redevelopment of the Dynamo Stadium and surrounding park, in association with Russian architect Mikhail Posokhin. The 300,000 square metre multifunctional culture, health and sports centre will be developed on a 116,000 square metre site and will comprise a 45,000-seat stadium arena for dynamo moscow, a 10,000-seat arena hall, a retail and entertainment complex, restaurants, parking and other facilities.
Erick van Egeraat and Mikhail Posokhin (Mosproekt-2) selected a team of Russian and internationally acclaimed consultants, including Bollinger + Grohmann structural engineers, Amsterdam ArenA Advisory, Artec Acoustic consultants and Illuminator lighting consultants.
The two stadiums will be situated within the ring of the old stadium, preserving the perimeter façade of the existing arena and integrating it functionally and aesthetically into the new proposal. VTB Arena allows the existing park to be completely preserved as a public, green area with parking facilities to be included underground. Horeca and sports training facilities will be included above ground, with the park continuing over the roof of these functions.
The complex is designed in full compliance with the FIFA regulations, allowing the stadium to play a significant role in Russia’s ambitions to host the 2018 FIFA world cup. Erick van Egeraat’s design embraces the history and context of the Dynamo stadium and the Petrovski Park and creates a contemporary icon of the 21st century.
Erick van Egeraat’s design was chosen out of five international competitors, including NPS Tchoban Voss with gmp von Gerkan Marg und Partner, STD development with Interstudio, ABD with Perkins Eastman International, and Mosproekt 4 with Populous. The jury commended the design for its ‘all-under-one-roof’ concept providing a multifunctional mix of sports and cultural facilities all concentrated in and underneath the current stadium perimeter.
The FIFA Executive Committee has chosen Russia to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while the 2022 FIFA World Cup was awarded to Qatar. FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter announced the result of the FIFA Executive Committee's secret vote on 2 December 2010 in Zurich’s Messe. The final presentations and the announcement of the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups was one of the biggest media events ever seen in Switzerland.
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