My 2nd visit to the stadium in a week and another team has got smashed! If Carlsberg made attending Football matches, they would do well to better than this, 9 goals scored in 2 games with 1 conceded! These weren't against easy teams either, playing against the current Champions and a team who has beaten us 3 times on the bounce!
For anyone who might be going to this stadium in the World Cup, the stadium is not in the best of locations from getting off the Metro (I would say over 90% of fans arrive via Metro) it is around about an half hour walk through a fun fair park, most of the people seem to be walking drinking Beer which is disguised in all manor of bags to avoid any issues with the Police, I bought a Beer and suddenly realised I didn't have anything to disguise it with whilst I walked, so I quickly demolished a Hot Dog and put the wrapper around the Beer! Once at the stadium, it can be as much as a further 30 minutes to get through security and to get to your seat depending on where you are seating.
I've sat in section C211 against Spartak Moscow, this is around the 18 yard box and close to where the Zenit Ultra's are behind the goal and C209 against Akhmat - both of these are in the top tier. C209 gave a better view because it was almost parallel to the half-way line, we were just 4 rows from the front.
The capacity isn't 70,000, there are some temporary seats which gives restricted views and they will only be used during the World Cup, even then, I'm not sure the capacity will be more 63-64,000, in fact I can't work out how it would be more than 60,000 even with the temporary seats. I would estimate the current capacity being somewhere in the mid fifties to late fifties. There was over 53,000 against Spartak Moscow and the web-site showed there was less than 400 tickets left, there is segregation separating the fans which gives empty seats of course for security.
The Roof has been open both matches I have attended but it still feel like your inside, whilst outside the stadium looks a bit like a Spaceship, inside it looks brilliant.
I don't intend on watching the World Cup live but do intend on going back to the stadium next year.
The club has had 4 matches at the stadium this season against Rubin Kazan, Spartak Moscow, Bnei Yehuda and FC Akhmat, the average attendance at the moment is 45.696.
Last edited by CDG; August 14th, 2017 at 19:34.