Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Luzhniki Stadium

Moscow.
The biggest stadium in Moscow is Luzhniki Stadium. Luzhniki was built in the late 1950s, had a major renovation for the Moscow Olympics of 1980 (with a 103,000 capacity then) and was completely rebuilt again in the late 1990s.

The stadium has a five star rating from FIFA and will host the Champions League Final in 2008. Luzhniki's current capacity is 80,600 and is the venue for today's Russia versus England Euro 2008 qualifying match.

Luzhniki is surrounded by a running track and has a last generation artificial pitch installed - the only stadium in Europe allowed to use it for major matches so far, due to Moscow's freezing winter climate.

The stadium is located in the south of Moscow near the Moskva River and is set in a large sports' complex - a park and a few smaller sports and recreational facilities.

The two nearest Metro stations are Sportivnaya and Vorobievy Gory.

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