On the spot of the Kirov Stadium, where Zenit used to play, now there is a new modern arena designed by a Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa (1934-2007). The stadium is one of the most technologically advanced and perfect sports edifices in Europe.
The stadium hosted the matches of the 2018 World Cup, including the semifinal game. The total capacity of the stadium amounts to 69 501 visitors.
The Gazprom Arena appeared on the site of the former Kirov stadium, which began to be built in 1932 and was opened on July 30, 1950.
During the 2017 Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup, the arena was called "St. Petersburg Stadium".
The project of the Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa was chosen for the construction of the arena in 2006 because it preserved the dimensions of the hill and the pavilions of the Kirov Stadium. The football field also remained on its previous site. In addition, the cash stalls and a monument to Kirov have been preserved by the stadium.
The main constructive solutions were the overlapping of the stands with a sliding roof 286 meters in diameter, supported by 8 masts, and a removable field on a concrete base, allowing for non-football events and concerts to be held here as well.