Fisht Olympic Stadium ( Russian: Олимпийскийстадион «Фишт») is an outdoor stadium in Sochi , Russia.
Located in Sochi Olympic Park and named after Mount Fisht , the 40,000-capacity stadium was constructed for the 2014 Winter Olympics and paralympics, where it served as the venue for their opening and closing ceremonies.
The stadium was originally built as an enclosed facility; it was re-opened in 2016 as an open-air football stadium, to host matches as part of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup when it will be known simply as
Fisht Olympic Stadium was designed by Populous and British design consultancy BuroHappold Engineering. The stadium’s roof was built from approximately 36,500 square metres (393,000 sqft) of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) and was designed to give the roof the appearance of snowy peaks. The bowl opens to the north, allowing a direct view of the Krasnaya Polyana Mountains, and the upper deck is open to the south, allowing a view of the Black Sea.
The canopy over the Western and Eastern stands is covered with translucent ethylene tetrafluoroethylene. The material offers superior strength and corrosion resistance. Fisht is a UEFA category 4 stadium.
The field size of the Fisht Stadium is 105×68 m. The stadium has four stands: two on the sides under a translucent polycarbonate canopy and two open front stands.
Initial estimates placed the cost of construction to Russia at 1.7 billion rubles.
The architectural design was developed by Populous, a company with previous experience in designing similar facilities for Johannesburg.