The Krestovsky Stadium (currently known as the Gazprom Arena), opened in 2017 is the home ground of Zenit Saint Petersburg and was built on the site of their former home at the Kirov Stadium. The stadium has a capacity of 67,800 and has a retractable roof and pitch. With construction beginning in 2007 and originally due to open in 2009, numerous delays led to the stadium costing a huge sum of over a $1 billion.
The stadium was opened ahead of Russia hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup and was ready in time for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup with the first official match being a Zenit league match in April 2017. The stadium hosted four matches at the Confederations Cup, including the opening match with Russia defeating New Zealand 2-0, and the Final with Germany beating Chile 1-0.
At the following year’s World Cup, 7 matches were hosted at the Krestovsky Stadium. This included France beating Belgium 1-0 in the Semi-final on their way to winning the tournament, whilst Belgium returned to the stadium to defeat England in the third place match.
Tenants: FC Zenit Saint Petersburg
Location & Travel to Krestovsky Stadium
The Krestovsky Stadium is located on the western edge of Krestovsky Island, in the north-west of St Petersburg.
Airport – Pulkova Airport is the international airport of St Petersburg, located approximately 23 kilometres south of the city centre and 35 kilometres south of Krestovsky Island. The airport has connections to many destinations across Asia and Europe, including London.
Metro – A new metro station was opened before the World Cup, Novokrestovskaya on Line 3 (Nevsko-Vasileostrovskaya Line) and is 200 metres from the stadium.
Previously the nearest metro station was at Krestovsky Ostrov on the purple line 5, which runs right through central St. Petersburg and was a 25-minute walk to the stadium through Maritime Victory Park.
Tickets at Krestovsky Stadium
Tickets are available for Zenit Saint Petersburg matches through their official website by clicking here.