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Surreal photos of Russian stadium that added seats OUTSIDE THE ARENA to be World Cup compliant

Make sure your Russia World Cup tickets are actually inside the stadium.

A soccer stadium in Russia needed to devise a quick solution for a big problem: One of the stadiums being used in the 2018 World Cup was too small to meet FIFA standards, so a stand was added — outside the stadium.

This is the Ekaterinburg Arena, home of FC Ural in the Russian Premier League. It’s been pegged to be a host stadium for the 2018 World Cup, but it had only 27,000 seats. This is a problem, as FIFA’s “Stadium Requirements Handbook” told Russia how many seats needed to be available, and the Ekaterinburg Arena was short.

Rather that constructing a new stadium, a new stand was added outside the arena on massive scaffolding, ballooning the capacity from 27,000 to 45,000. The stand is only temporary and will be removed after the World Cup — but it’s unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Watching a game from the stand is almost like seeing it on a giant TV screen because of how the stadium walls frame things:

The whole structure just looks terrifying.

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