What The. . . ?

This 2018 World Cup venue in Russia brings a whole new meaning to "stadium seating"

October 4, 2017

The 2018 World Cup is coming to Russia, which is a much more logical destination than, say, Qatar hosting the 2022 event. You know, because Russia actually has soccer stadiums already. However, that didn't keep one of these structures from getting a major overhaul. An addition the likes of which we've never seen before.

The Ekaterinburg Arena is the home of FC Ural in the Russian Premier League so it's used to big soccer matches. There was just one problem: According to FIFA, it wasn't big enough.

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The Ekaterinburg Arena has a capacity of 27,000, but FIFA's guidelines require seating for at least 35,000. Rebuilding a perfectly good soccer stadium seemed silly so the powers that be decided to go with a less silly (we guess) idea of building additional seating outside the stadium. That's right, outside the stadium. Check it out:

And here's another look at the view fans sitting in these temporary seats will have:

Wow. Just . . . wow. So to those looking into tickets for the 2018 World Cup, buyer beware.

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