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Witnessing the football action live at the Russia 2018 World cup can be pretty amazing but if you’re traveling on a budget, step into a real party atmosphere at the FIFA Fan Fest venues. Join a mix of people from all over the world as they celebrate their love for football in a relaxed and laid back way. It’s a real festival!

What really is a FIFA Fan Fest?

Well, the FIFA Fan Fest was borne out of the 2002 World Cup in South Korea when football fans who could not buy match day tickets or get to the stadiums on time would converge in large public centers to watch live matches together on big screens.

In 2006, FIFA made the Fan Fest an official programme at the World Cup held in Germany.

The idea behind it?

To give fans a more relaxed but pumped up atmosphere with activities for both local fans and traveling fans to connect with each other as well as enjoy their stay in the host cities.

The Fan Fests are usually put together in the most “touristy” neighborhoods – main squares and streets, parks, beaches, etc.

The FIFA Fan Fest offers more than just live matches on big screens and a vibrant atmosphere. It also serves as a great opportunity for the host cities to show their distinct culture, arts,  and love for football. Fans should expect music concerts from both local and international acts, FIFA video games, soccer table games, refreshing drinks, food, friendly games on Astroturf between fans and lots more.

Where are the 2018 FIFA Fan Fest Venues?

Feel the vibrant streets of Russia, regardless of the part of the country you find yourself.

11 cities across Russia will have venues to host the FIFA Fan Fest.

Ekaterinburg

Venue Location: Mayakovsky Central Park of Entertainment and Culture

Capacity: 17,000 fans

 

Traveling on a budget: FIFA Fan Fest

Source: FIFA

 Kaliningrad

Venue Location: Tsentralnaya Square

Capacity: 25,000

 

Traveling on a budget: FIFA Fan Fest

 

 

         Source: Kaliningrad Oblast

Kazan

Venue Location: Family Center Kazan

Capacity: 30,000

 

Traveling on a budget: FIFA Fan Fest

Source: @KurtFathul – Twitter

Moscow

Venue Location: Vorobyovy Gory

Capacity: 30,000

Traveling on a budget: FIFA Fan Fest

Source: Dronestagram

Nizhny Novgorod

Venue Location: Minina I Pozharskogo Square

Capacity: 15,000

Traveling on a budget: FIFA Fan Fest

Source: IntoRussia

Rostov-on-Don

Venue Location: Teatralnaya Square

Capacity: 25,000

 

Traveling on a budget: FIFA Fan Fest

 

             Source: Getty Images

Saint Petersburg

Venue Location: Konyushennaya Square

Capacity: 15,000

Traveling on a budget: FIFA Fan Fest

Source: Visit Petersburg

Samara

Venue Location: Kuybysheva Square

Capacity: 35,000

 

Traveling on a budget: FIFA Fan Fest

Source: Pinterest

Saransk

Venue Location: Sovetskaya Square

Capacity: 25,000

 

Traveling on a budget: FIFA Fan Fest

 

Source: Getty Images

Sochi

Venue Location: South Mall of the Seaport

Capacity: 10,000

 

Traveling on a budget: FIFA Fan Fest

Source: Medium

Volgograd

Venue Location: 62 Armii Embankment            

Capacity: 30,000

 

Source: Russia Beyond

 

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Ugochukwu is a Content Writer with a keen interest in Social Media and Content Marketing. Ugo, who is a graduate of Metallurgical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology developed a knack for writing and spitting marketing words on paper. He has worked for Brila Media - a sports media firm before moving to the travel industry. His professional interests include- communications, content marketing and business management. In his spare time, he delivers a sports podcast, trades the forex market and reads about history.

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