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.
Если ты чувствуешь себя одиноко, просто вспомни про трибуну стадиона в Екатеринбурге, которая будет стоять отдельно от всего стадиона pic.twitter.com/GjG7NWL8NF— Лентач (@oldLentach) September 28, 2017
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:
Nice view from the new stadium in Ekaterinburg that will host the WC next summer. ♂️ pic.twitter.com/kdBZ0mHD45— Stefano Conforti (@confortistefano) September 27, 2017
The whole structure just looks terrifying.