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Futuristic St Petersburg stadium set to become iconic sight

The futuristic St Petersburg stadium is set to become one of the iconic sights of Russia 2018.

You would expect Vladimir Putin’s home city to put on a show, and despite a series of delays in its construction, it is spectacular.

The magnificent 67,000-seater venue cost an estimated £880 million.

A mile long walk from the nearest underground station led to sparse crowds in the first half of Confederations Cup games last year.

But it now has a new metro stop opened just in time for the World Cup.

Hordes of tourists and football fans flock to the stadium to have their photos taken outside. It is at its best at night. Lit up against the sky, it looks like a space ship ready for take off.

St Petersburg is renowned for its ‘light show’ displays at its many historic buildings and attractions.

The stadium, captured by Mirror photographer Andrew Stenning at midnight on Monday, turns white, green and blue.

The light show is to set to play out for hundreds of thousands of supporters expected in the city during the next four weeks.

Russia was desperate to avoid the legacy of ‘White Elephant’ stadia which has beset World Cups – and Olympic Games – in the past.

St Petersburg Stadium looks like a spacestation with the World Cup is close to lift off
(Image: Daily Mirror)

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