Fisht Olympic Stadium

The Fisht Olympic Stadium will be built in the new Sochi Olympic Park. It is named after Mount Fisht. It will be located within walking distance of the Olympic Village and the capacity of the stadium will be 40,000. The Olympic Stadium, designed like a shell to recall the glories of Fabergé art, will provide a seaside setting for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

The stadium walls and roof will be one continuous glass surface designed to reflect sunlight off the sea during the day. The bowl opens to the north, allowing for a direct view of the Krasnaya Polyana Mountains, and the upper deck is open to the south, allowing for a view of the Black Sea. The stadium is designed by US architects Populous and UK design consultancy Buro Happold. The final design was unveiled in September 2009.

It will cost $63.5 million to build the stadium, which should open in 2013. After the Games, the stadium complex will serve as a training centre and match venue for the Russian Football National Team.

The Fisht stadium is one of the 11 arenas chosen to host matches in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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