Volgograd Arena filled for final test match before World Cup

World Cup 2018 By: Lolade Adewuyi | 10/05/2018

Volgograd Arena

The Volgograd Arena, the venue for Nigeria’s second Group D game against Iceland on June 22, was filled on Wednesday when it hosted the Russian Cup final.

Tosno defeated Avangard Kursk 2-1 in front of 40,373 fans during the annual May 9 Victory Day celebrations.

The match was the last game on the new grass turf that will host matches during the 2018 World Cup that starts in 34 days.

The all-new Volgograd Arena will host four group games that include Tunisia vs England, Nigeria vs Iceland, Saudi Arabia vs Egypt and Japan vs Poland.

After the Russian Cup final, fans were treated to fireworks over the cityscape with the Mamayev Kurgan (Motherland Calls) statue serving as an impressive backdrop.


Fans entering the Volgograd Arena. Pictures by Alexandr Grudnew

Nigeria fans will find the city a welcoming place when they travel down to face Iceland in a few weeks.

Volgograd is located between the Volga and Don rivers and is the hometown of Russian Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva.

The city is served by an international airport and Nigeria fans will be able to fly in from Moscow during the World Cup or travel by train as well as by bus to the city.

Temperatures in June will be in the range of 26 degrees Celsius, the warmest of the three cities where Nigeria will play their group matches. The Super Eagles take on Iceland in Volgograd on June 22.

June 22 is a significant day in Russian history because it was the day that the Second World War, the Great Fatherland War as Russians prefer, started.