Caltex Socceroos' World Cup venues: Kazan Arena

Did you know the Kazan Arena was designed by the same firm of architects as Wembley Stadium and Emirates Stadium in London?

The Caltex Socceroos will kick off their FIFA 2018 World Cup campaign at the stylish Kazan Arena, in Kazan, when they face France on Saturday June 16. 

Here's what you need to know about the stadium in Russia, courtesy of 


Kazan Arena was built in preparation for the Summer World University Games in 2013, when it hosted the opening and closing ceremonies.

A football pitch was installed once the games were over.

The stadium hosted its first match in August 2013, when Russian side Rubin Kazan drew 1-1 with Lokomotiv Moscow, and also served as a FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 venue (though the Socceroos did not play at this venue during the tournament). 

Kazan Arena



It has a unique design, which blends seamlessly into Kazan's urban landscape. Viewed from above, the arena, which stands on the banks of the Kazanka river, resembles a water-lily.

Capacity: 45,000*
Location: Chistopolskaya Street, Novo-Savinovsky district
Home Team: FC Rubin Kazan

Kazan Arena