Will Arsenal be the 1st club to play against Moscow at the VTB Arena?

The VTB Arena is a multi-purpose stadium which is in the process of being built and it will be the new home stadium of Dynamo Moscow, it’s expected to be completed and opened for matches in 2018.

This construction process has an estimated cost of around US$1.5 billion and this will also include the development of various other complexes such as: a 5 star hotel, office buildings, a shopping mall, apartment building and a parking garage with a capacity for over 1,500 cars.

Dynamo Moscow is attempting to be negotiating with the English Premier League club Arsenal in order to have their inauguration match with them when the VTB Arena gets completed in 2018.

“There has been contact with Arsenal and negotiations are ongoing. It would be a beautiful turn in history, because everyone remembers the Dynamo tour of England in the post-war period.We talked with Barcelona about the opening match after the World Cup and before the Russian Championship, but the dates did not suit,” said a press spokesman for Dynamo.

This stadium which is in the process of being built was initially expected to be utilized as the place to host the opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup but some major problems made this not possible as the stadium was not going to be built in time and the other reason why it won’t be the host is due to the fact that the stadium is going to have a capacity of 27,000 which is just too small.

Nonetheless, the VTB Arena is still expected to be utilized as one of the official training grounds for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup.


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