«All the useful groundwork, ideas, best practices should be employed during the preparation for the FIFA World Cup — 2018. We have no doubts that Russia will do all the necessary work in time. At the highest level, no doubt. The large-scale project of reconstructing Luzhniki is being accomplished according to plan. It is important to work as dynamically on other venues that will host matches of the Championship, to provide all the necessary infrastructure and conditions for athletic training»
Vladimir Putin
President of the Russian Federation

Mobile application for sports fans

A mobile application will be developed specifically for the Luzhniki Stadium. People coming to a stadium want to feel involved. The new application will have a lot of functions allowing fans use all the services, including navigation, information about matches, purchase of tickets.

Information on matches
Purchase of tickets

Digital signage technology

It will allow replaying the goals and highlights of the match. It will also provide information on the team’s line-up, general statistics of the match and every player, photo gallery, participation in discussions and contests, notifications etc. One will be able to download the application and determine the location with the help of QR-code.

Electronic Reporter System

Foreign fans will be able to follow matches with commentaries in their native language all thanks to the newest Electronic Reporter System

Football field

Luzhniki’s playing field is a «multilayer pie» of utility lines. The old layer in the foundation was completely replaced: the soil two meters underground was removed due to its mixed composition and unsatisfactory physical characteristics.
FIFA demands high-quality grass on the football fields: it should be able to endure high pressure during football matches. That is why the stadium's pitch was strengthened using SISGRASS technology.
The pitch is natural. Its condition is sustained by unique drainage, heating and aeration systems.
81 thousand
Total number of seats
221 thousand m2
Total area
of the new stadium


  • The stands are brought closer to the football field to the max. Their inclination is increased.
  • 10% of the seats of the old stadium were in the blind area. Now every seat has a 100% view of the field from any point of the arena.
  • Burgundy and gold color of the seats was chosen during the vote on «Active Citizen» web portal.
  • The stadium has 102 corporate luxury boxes — skyboxes.
  • Below-the-seats area is 181,000 square meters.

Unique system of cascade stairs


Between the façade and the inner stadium bowl there are 44 cascade stairs. Visitors can use them to go from one sector to another. It helps to distribute the flow of visitors and facilitate the logistics inside the arena.


The new Luzhniki is suitable for physically challenged people. They will not have to use the stairs to get to their seats. Specifically for them there is a tribune with 300 seats opposite one of the entrances.

Polycarbonate on the roof was replaced and had LED bulbs built in. It’s a media screen for broadcasting with an area of 40,000 square meters. The canopy that has been lengthened by 14 meters will protect the visitors from bad weather. There are two screens 16,8 by 9,6 square meters.

The number of entrances and exits has been increased.


In case of an emergency all the spectators will be able to leave the stadium within 7 minutes, as the tribunes will be evacuated all at once. The fans used to leave the stadium one by one which took 10 times more time.

FIFA standards

The stadium is up to international standards
specified by FIFA

For Fans:
To provide high-quality viewing, the stands are brought closer to the football field to the max. Their inclination is increased. The area under the stands is occupied by cafés and snack bars.
For athletes:
There are eight locker rooms and two warm-up halls inside the stadium.
For games:
In total 35 km of pipes are laid in the field with a natural pitch. It’s drainage, heating, irrigation, aeration, and agromonitoring systems.
For journalists:
The stadium has a media center. There are express-interview areas, TV studios as well as presentation mounds with a panoramic view of the field.
For car owners:
5,096 parking spots for the FIFA World Cup-2018 in Luzhniki area and in the territory itself, as well as 952 parking spots for buses.
«It’s obvious that the atmosphere and the spirit of the stadium were preserved. History and present time were combined in the project. I was here before but now the stadium looks impressive. It’s the most suitable place for the most important event in the football world. When you enter the stadium your heart starts beating faster: it’ll be a great place for fans and players alike»
Gianni Infantino
President of FIFA

Security Perimeter

Luzhniki has a unique «Security Perimeter» system. Its main idea is transit from the safety of certain objects to the safety of the whole territory. There are 6 access control stations and 7 access control points for fans arriving on foot around the Olympic complex. Moreover, 3,300 cameras with face-recognition system were installed.

Modern checking points will provide comfortable entrance during mass events preventing «congestions».

6 access control stations
  • 39 inspection lines
  • 990 passenger cars an hour
  • 62 buses an hour
7 access control points for fans arriving on foot
  • 427 entrance points
  • 62,550 people an hour
3,300 surveillance cameras
  • All over the territory of the complex
  • At checking points
  • Over the Security Perimeter
1,402 devices in the security system:
  • Sensory devices
  • Detectors
  • Monitors
  • Introscopes
  • Scanners

Luzhniki Stadium: reconstruction of the
main Russian sports arena

Improvement and Landscaping of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex

New Infrastructure
  • 5 service centers for outdoor sports
  • 6 new food spots
  • Funicular from the Vorobyovy Hills
  • Go-cart racing
  • Sports hotel

Preparation of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex for 2018 FIFA World Cup includes not just reconstruction of the stadium but also renovation of the whole park. The Luzhniki territory was filled with necessary infrastructure which made it a new urban sports center.


The process of renovation and reconstruction touched upon 100% of the territory (159 hectares).

Luzhniki Embankment was expanded at the expense of traffic lanes. It now has running, bicycle, and roller lanes. There are also sports rental centers, shower rooms, and lockers.


Along the Moskva river there are mobile stands, new benches, and information boards. In the «green zone» along the promenade there are outdoor fitness facilities. The dock has been reconstructed as well: the granite stairs now have a multicolored flooring to sit upon.

Embankment development
  • 3 km running trail
  • 9 street workout places
  • 153 benches
  • 118 rubbish bins
  • 2 custom-made square benches
  • 50 bike parking spots

Walk of Fame became a promenade and an open-air exhibition space, dedicated to sports history and achievements. In the park’s «green rooms» one will find monuments dedicated to football, hockey, figure skating, and athletics.


The sports complex now has a new navigation system: numerous pedestrian and parking indicators such as arrows, stands, and boards, will guide and help you find the needed object.


Entrance lobbies are reconstructed. Main entrance building and checking point resemble a horseshoe.

Restoration of 11 historic fountains in the Luzhniki Olympic Complex central square is complete. One new fountain is built.

The appearance of the fountains was restored with maximum accuracy. For example, workers used authentic kapustinsky granite for coating. This material had been used for building fountains back in 1956. The fountains’ technical fit-out was replaced with a modern one.

Luzhniky’s Greenbelt

1,050 new trees were planted in the territory of Luzhniki. As part of urban landscaping 15,700 square meters of flower gardens were laid out, 1,300 new street lamps and more than 500 benches with unique design were installed.

Plants are partially brought from nursery gardens. In the territory there are lime trees, maple trees, apple trees, mespilus, lilac shrubs, and other trees and bushes with developed crowns and root systems.

square meters of flower gardens
new trees


In 2018 a funicular will go over the Moskva river and connect the observation deck of the Vorobyovy Hills and Luzhniki Olympic Complex.

Funicular is a distinctive point of interest for any city. The length of Moscow funicular is almost 790 meters. It has three stops (including a stopover on the right bank of the Moskva river). Its capacity is 1,6 thousand people an hour.

Equipment for this funicular is manufactured by BARTOLET, leading international manufacturer of funiculars and amusement rides. Porsche Design, one of the leaders in the world industrial design, is responsible for its external appearance.

Apart from its transport and sightseeing purpose, Moscow funicular will have a sports function. In winter athletes will use it to get to the ski jump which will be given a new life.

The funicular will allow passengers to get a bird’s eye view of Luzhniki

Moscow best summer attraction — 2018

thousand people an hour

Equipment manufacturer — BARTOLET, Porsche Design

cabins (8 seats each)

History Preservation

The Grand Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex is the symbol of Moscow and of Soviet sports. Stadium’s façade of 1956 is still relevant today. Luzhniki’s elegant image is a monument to a whole era, remembered and appreciated by Muscovites. That is why it was important for the constructors during the reconstruction to preserve the building’s historic architecture, to save the atmosphere and the spirit of this stadium. Only glasses were modified: stained glass panels and molding elements were replaced with perforated metal plates with sports illustrations that accentuate the unique personality of the stadium and make it more impressive. From the outside Luzhniki is still the same beloved stadium, but inside it has the most modern filling.

Innovative technologies in engineering helped avoid errors and inconsistencies during reconstruction. Luzhniki is one of the first facilities in Russia to use BIM modeling during construction.

Thanks to using virtual prototype it became possible to distribute crowd flow inside the future stadium. Spectators, athletes, journalists, and staff will be able to follow their own routes without interfering with each other.

Vorobyovy Gory Sports Cluster

Great ski jumping hill

The Great ski jumping hill in the Vorobyovy Hills (used to be the Lenin Hills) was built in 1953. It was designed by Soviet engineer Galli. It was the main hill of the Soviet Unuion. International competitions among «flying skiers» took place there.

Since then it’s been called «great». But time was not kind to this massive construction. It is no more suitable for great international starts and Olympic victories, only for junior training.

The International Ski Federation (FIS) changed its requirements to the geometry of hills. As a result of reconstruction geometric parameters and engineering systems of the Great Moscow Hill will be brought in line with these standards.

That is why the hill in Moscow will be able to become the most up-to-date hill in the world where top class All-Russian and international competitions may be held.

Available sports

Vorobyovy Gory — historical sports cluster

All the infrastructure of «Vorobyovy Gory » Youth Sports School of Olympic Reserve will be renovated. During its 15-year old history the school has produced multiple future winners and medalists of the largest international and All-Russian competitions. Among them: figure skaters Mariya Butyrskaya, Maxim Trankov, Tatyana Volosozhar, and Adelina Sotnikova; skiers Yuliya Chepalova and Natalya Matveeva; biathlonists Olga Zaytseva and Svetlana Ishmuratova, as well as outstanding freestylers, ice skaters, skeleton racers.

Now the school has 280 athletes that are supposed to aim for Olympic victories while exercising on high-quality athletic fields.

As part of reconstruction Vorobyovy Gory Sports Complex will have unique sports facilities for citizens: hiking trails with «hovering» steps, general springboard, boy scout school, climbing wall, swimming-pool, several sports schools, ice skating and tobogganing downhill course, as well as Healthy Lifestyle Center, contact zoo etc.

After the reconstruction it will also have a year-round sports and recreation center. In summer citizens will be able to jog, swim, roller-skate and skateboard, do high-rope courses, work out in the open. In winter they can ski, skate, snowboard and do other winter sports.

The territory of the Vorobyovy Hills will be also improved: there will appear new walking routes, trees and bushes.