Top-Class Sports


The universe unites us all
Through the summer religion called football
And the winter one called hockey.
Robert Rozhdestvensky

The top-class sports are rich in great events. The most serious challenge in front of
today’s Russian sports and architecture community is, certainly, the World Football
Championship. Russia is preparing stadiums for the World Football Championship in
the both capitals and the regional centers: Samara, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, Sochi,
Yekaterinburg, Rostov and Kaliningrad. The landmark structures demand from architects
deep investigation of technologies and compliance with strict Russian and FIFA
Will such a large-scale construction be helpful in revitalization of Russian football?
Let’s hope so. But large-scale sporting events take place not only in the cities of the World
Football Cup. For example, the opening of the Krasnodar Stadium is gathering much
praise now (the Allianz Arena is no match for it).
Siberia does not stand aside. The old stadium in Irkutsk has housed the World Ball Hockey
Championship, and the Metkii Billiard Club (where architects and builders have recently
competed for the “Brick in Irkutsk” Prize) has housed the Russian Championship.
However, Krasnoyarsk has beaten other cities by winning the right to host the 2019
Winter Universiade.

How to Cite
GRIGORYEVA, Elena. Top-Class Sports. project baikal, Russian Federation, n. 51, p. 55-55, mar. 2017. ISSN 2309-3072. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 20 jan. 2019. doi:


sporting events; stadiums; World Football Championship