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The challenge to reach required 35,000-capacity at 'Ekaterinburg Arena'.

Ekaterinburg Arena means a lot to the Russian people, but FIFA doesn't care. FIFA wants a 35,000-capacity stadium for its World Cup matches, and it doesn't care how they get it, so Russia renovated Ekaterinburg with an additional 12,000 seats set on 149-foot tall temporary bleachers that stick outside of the stadium itself.


The enormous temporary stand at the World Cup stadium in Ekaterinburg - the most easterly host city at Russia 2018 - has finally been completed.

FIFA regulations state that each World Cup venue must have a minimum capacity of 35,000, something that was proving an issue for the home of Russian Premier League side Ural Yekaterinburg.


With Russian president Vladimir Putin admitting construction was behind schedule last year, the planned full-scale renovation of the stadium wasn't possible, so the organizers came up with the novel solution of building a huge temporary stand that extended out beyond the limits of the stadium.

This temporary stand, plus a smaller one at the opposite end, successfully raised the stadium's capacity to 35,000.


Construction workers built a huge web of metal scaffolding and then installed bright orange seats on top, ensuring that spectators at the top had a full view of the pitch.

The stadium only held 23,000 spectators and renovation was impossible with time quickly running out and given that the top of the stand is level with the 45.5-metre roof of the stadium, it's definitely not for one who sufferers vertigo.


The Ekaterinburg Arena, located in a city away 881 miles east of Moscow, will stage four group matches during the tournament - Egypt vs Uruguay, France vs Peru, Japan vs Senegal and Mexico vs Sweden.

Along with the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, the venue for the final, the Ekaterinburg Arena is the only one of the 12 tournament stadiums not to have been built from scratch.


Egypt and Uruguay fans found themselves watching their opening match of the 2018 World Cup under open skies at either end of the stadium, as Russia's easternmost venue hosted its first game and fans on the back rows must have a head for heights and will probably need binoculars to see the players.


The stadium, which opened in 1957, was a protected landmark and its historical facade - replete with columns, bas-reliefs and stucco details in the Soviet, neoclassical style - had to be preserved.

The Moscow-based architectural firm which devised the plan has essentially built a new stadium inside the existing walls and added stands that can be removed after the tournament.

When the tournament is over, the arena will be reduced to a capacity of 23,000 seats and serve as the home ground of local side FC Ural Yekaterinburg.


The arena will also host matches in Groups F and H, plus a Group C clash between France and Peru on June 21.


  

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