November 17, 2015, four 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Stadiums postage stamps are to be released into circulation

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ will be the 21st edition of the tournament and is set to take place from 14 June until 15 July 2018. For the first time in history, Russia will host the FIFA World Cup™ and it will also be the first time the tournament is held simultaneously across two continents — Europe and Asia. The tournament will be hosted at 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities.

The first launch of the stadium stamp series depict the stadiums located in Moscow, Sochi and Kazan:

- Luzhniki Stadium;
- Spartak Stadium;
- Fisht Stadium;
- Kazan Arena.

Luzhniki Stadium

The stadium is one of the largest sports complexes both in Russia and abroad, and the main Moscow site where large-scale events are held, as well as a recreation and entertainment area. Opened in 1956, it is an architectural and park complex uniting more than 80 constructions and objects, the largest of which are Big and Small Sports Arenas, a Palace of Sports, Swimming Pool, Sport Complex Druzhba and Sports Village. Luzhniki Complex can accommodate approximately 80,000 people. Seats for persons with restricted mobility, skyboxes and corporate boxes of enhanced comfort will be mounted as well.

Spartak Stadium

The stadium is one of the largest sports complexes in Moscow. It was opened in 2014 in the territory of the Tushino Airfield. Spartak Stadium (Otkrytiye Arena) is outfitted with ultramodern equipment and meets all the safety requirements. It consists of a football field with stand of 40,000-people capacity. Two hockey arenas, a tennis academy, a water sports center, several sports schools and two kindergartens with a sports bias are to be constructed in the territory of the stadium.

Sochi Stadium

It is a football stadium and a multi-functional sports and entertainment center with a capacity of 40,000-45,000 people. The images of a sea shell and a snow-capped mountain summit form the basis of an architectural project. The stadium is situated in the Imeretinsky Valley of Adler District in Sochi. The stadium is a site for games played by the Russian national football team, as well as for various mass festive events.

Kazan Stadium

Opened in 2013, it is one of the most capacious universal stadiums of Russia. It can accommodate 45,000 people; there are also VIP-areas at the stands. As envisioned by architects, the shape of Kazan Stadium resembles a water-lily with a bird’s eye view. Sports competitions, concerts, different large-scale events are held in the territory of the stadium.

Additionally, FSUE PTC “Marka” will manufacture an illustrated cover with four stamps and a first day cover with cancellation (Moscow) inside.

Other eight stadiums will be depicted on the postage stamps in the next issues of the programme dedicated to 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

Design O. Shushlebina
Face value: 21RUB for each stamp
Size of a stamp: 65 × 32,5 mm; size of sheet: 154 × 154 mm
Form of issue: a sheet with illustrated margins with 8 (4 × 2) stamps
Circulation: 400 thousand stamps (200 thousand sheets).

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