WORLD CUP fans will be in for a treat in Ekaterinburg… when they sit out outside the ground to watch a match.
The Arena stadium, located east of the Urals, has a temporary stand in place to accommodate for the influx of fans at Russia 2018.
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
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
Originally holding just 27,000, the circular venue has been the focus of much renovation in recent years.
And while much of it is permanent, the standout feature is just that – a stand outside!
The ground underwent major works between 2007 and 2011 but still did not meet Fifa standards to stage matches.
Now it will boast a capacity of 45,000 when it is finished in time for the start of the world’s biggest football showcase.
The stadium is the home of FC Ural in the Russian Premier League.
But it will stage four group games before being downsized once more after the World Cup.
England top Group F but have not yet qualified for the finals.
Gareth Southgate’s side face Slovenia at Wembley next Thursday and then travel to Lithuania three days after.