SBS The World Game

1 Apr 2018 - 11:00 AM  UPDATED 1 Apr 2018 - 11:00 AM

Stadium Info

  • Name: Saint Petersburg Stadium
  • Location: Krestovsky Island.
  • Capacity: 67,000.
Stadium Facts

The stadium hosted its first official match on April 22, 2017, with FC Zenit beating FC Ural 2-0.

It is one of the most high-tech stadiums in the world: it has a retractable roof and a sliding pitch, making it possible to hold matches any time of the year.

Saint Petersburg Stadium is the northernmost stadium of this kind, with the largest heated area. Thanks to the high-tech equipment, the temperature inside is up to 21°C all year round.

In 2020, the stadium will host three group stage UEFA EURO 2020 matches and a quarter-final.


  • Founded in 1703.
  • Total population: 5.3 million people.
  • Total area: 1,439 sq km.

St. Petersburg is often referred to as the northern or second capital of Russia. It’s the second-biggest city in the country in terms of size and population. St. Petersburg’s historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city, with its numerous canals, islands and bridges, is often called the Venice of the North. Up to seven million tourists come to see it every year, securing its top spot on the list of most-visited cities in Russia. St. Petersburg has received the prestigious World Travel Awards for three years in a row. In 2017, the city was recognised as the best tourist destination in Europe.

Saint Petersburg City Facts

The city was founded in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great as a fortress at the mouth of the Neva River. In 1712, it became the Russian capital and retained that status until 1918.

St. Petersburg is often called the northern capital of Russia. In 1914-1924 it was called Petrograd, and from 1924 to 1991 it was known as Leningrad.

The Admiralty tower, one of the city’s landmarks, with its spire reaches over 70 m. Atop the spire is a 65 kg golden ship weathervane.

St. Petersburg is one of the biggest northern cities in the world: the 60th parallel north that passes through it also passes through Greenland and Alaska.

There are over 800 bridges and about 100 islands in St. Petersburg. No other European city has such an extensive waterways system, with 64 rivers and about 50 canals.