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Such a bizarre sight triggered widespread media interest, and some ridicule, in October. It took some time to settle on a final design, mainly in order to preserve the existing facade, so construction started fairly late.The solution that has been settled upon is certainly eccentric, but Fifa insists the temporary stands were the most cost-effective and practical way to ensure the required 35,000 capacity. Legacy Those temporary stands will be taken down and capacity reduced to a very manageable 23,000 – which seems about right for FC Ural, who will play here after the World Cup and currently sit mid-table in the Russian Premier League, to grow into.Legacy Rubin Kazan, the Russian Premier League side, moved to the Kazan Arena from the Communist-era Central Stadium – which is situated near the city centre and well worth visiting – in 2014 and will continue to be based there.In common with most of next summer’s stadiums there are plenty of seats to go round for club games: Kazan’s most recent home fixture, against CSKA Moscow, attracted 8,422 fans.
Even when they did compete, their crowds were generally tiny.
As a sleek, modern facility it will serve the World Cup well – even if it will, amazingly, be one of the tournament’s oldest stadiums.