Steel construction for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia
FOR THE 2018 FIFA
WORLD CUP IN RUSSIA
EVENT IN THE
WORLD IS BACK
OVER A MILLION TOURISTS WOULD BE EXPECTED TO
VISIT THE RUSSIA DURING THE MONTH-LONG EVENT,
WHICH TAKES PLACE IN 11 DIFFERENT CITIES ACROSS
This would require a fundamental improvement to the
nation’s railway network, moving spectators along the 5,500
kilometres between all the stadiums in 700 new trains.
FISHT STADIUM WAS ORIGINALLY COMMISSIONED
FOR THE 2014 WINTER OLYMPICS HELD IN RUSSIA.
It’s a modern marvel of structural engineering and
fabrication, sporting an astounding 8,000 tonnes of
reinforced steel in the roof and rigging.
BY USING A STURDY BUT FLEXIBLE CUT STEEL
FRAMEWORK, ENGINEERS CAN REWORK THE
STADIUM TO SUIT DIFFERENT EVENTS AND
CAPACITIES FOR LATER USE.
RECONFIGURABILITY ALLOWS VENUE HOSTS TO
ACCOMMODATE DIFFERENT SPORTS BESIDES
FOOTBALL, IF REQUIRED.
WHILE THE VTB ARENA IS NOT OFFICIALLY A PART
OF RUSSIA’S WORLD CUP, THE NEWLY-RENOVATED
STADIUM IS A TESTAMENT TO THE CAPABILITY
OF STEEL IN STADIUM DESIGN.
The steel structure was crafted to host not only a
football field but also an ice hockey rink, as well
as shops, restaurants and a massive car park.
Seating could be reconfigured to hold anywhere
between 27,000 and 45,000 people depending on
the event requirements across two tiers.
TO THE CAPABILITY
MAKING LONGEVITY POSSIBLE WAS A COMPLEX
STEEL STRUCTURE THAT WAS COATED WITH A
SPECIAL ZINC-BASED ANTI-CORROSION PRIMER
TO HANDLE THE EXTREME MOSCOW FREEZE.
TRANSFORMABLE STRUCTURES ARE A RELATIVE
NEWCOMER TO THE WORLD OF STEEL ENGINEERING.
These innovations allow massive stadiums like these to
stay current with the times, instead of having to be torn
down entirely when changes are needed.
This represents a major shift towards making these
buildings more environmentally friendly and able to
grow with new demand.