The Fisht Olympic Stadium, which is currently under construction in Sochi, looks set to provide a stunning centrepiece for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
The 40,000-capacity venue, which will host both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of next year’s Winter Games, is located at the heart of Sochi’s Olympic Park, alongside the Bolshoi Ice Dome, Shayba Arena, Ice Cube Curling Centre, Iceberg Skating Palace and Adler Arena, which form the Coastal Cluster of Olympic venues.
The stadium takes its name from the nearby Fisht Mountain, which reaches 2,857m above sea level and is one of the most famous mountains in Russia. The shell-like design of the iconic new venue, meanwhile, was inspired by the elaborate jewel-encrusted Fabergé eggs that are synonymous with Russia, with the stadium’s open sides providing spectators with magnificent views of both the Caucasus Mountains in the north and the Black Sea in the south.
The stadium is the first large-scale structure in Russia to feature a translucent polycarbonate roof, which, as well as evoking the nearby snow-capped peaks, will be used to project vivid illumination shows during the Games, further heightening the venue’s appearance.
Following the conclusion of the 2014 Winter Games, the stadium will be used as a venue and training centre for the Russian national football team, while it will also host matches during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will be held in Russia. It will also provide Sochi with a multi-purpose sports and entertainment centre.