Thursday, June 14, 2018

The 2018 World Cup Stadium Tour

12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities will host the 64 matches of the 2018 World Cup. Two of the stadium are in Moscow. The 81,000-capacity Luzhniki Stadium will host the final. The Luzhniki Stadium will also host today's opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia. The other World Cup stadium in Moscow is the 45,000 Spartak Stadium.

You can explore the two Moscow stadium and the ten stadium hosted in other Russian cities on AP News' World Cup Venue Tour. The tour uses Esri maps to show you a satellite image of each of the 12 World Cup stadium. Each satellite image is accompanied by a short description of the stadium, including information on the stadium's capacity.

The BBC's Guide to the Grounds includes more detailed information on each of the stadium. These details include information on each of the group and knockout matches that each of the stadium will host.

The Kalingrad Stadium is one of the most interesting of the 12 stadium from a geographical point of view. The stadium is located in the Kaliningrad oblast. Kalingrad is a Russian exclave situated on the Baltic Sea. The country is bordered by Poland to the south and Lithuania to the east and north. That means that to travel to the Kalingrad Stadium from any of the other stadiums you would have to leave Russia and travel through or fly over or around at least one other country.

From a cartographical point of view the most interesting team in this year's World Cup is Switzerland. That is because the Switzerland team are the only team in this year's World Cup who will be wearing topographical maps on their team shirts.

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