The FIFA Fan Fest was introduced at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and was an immediate success with over 18 million fans filtering through 1 of the 12 venues.  Russia named the 11 locations that will be used during the 2018 FIFA World Cup earlier this week.

Ekaterinburg – Mayakovsky Central Park of Entertainment and Culture – 17,000
Kaliningrad – Tsentralnaya Square – 25,000
Kazan – Family Center Kazan – 30,000
Moscow – Vorobyovy Gory – 40,000
Nizhny Novgorod – Minina i Pozharskogo Square – 15,000
Rostov-on-Don – Teatralnaya Square – 25,000
Saint Petersburg – Konyushennaya Square – 15,000
Samara – Kuybysheva Square – 35,000
Saransk – Sovetskaya Square – 25,000
Sochi – South Mall of the Seaport – 10,000
Volgograd – 62 Armii Embankment – 30,000

“The FIFA Fan Fest will be the perfect opportunity for each of our Host Cities to show the world their unique culture and friendly hospitality. These venues will serve as informal and joyful meeting points, from where I am sure fans will take some of their best memories from the amazing event we will host in 2018”, said 2018 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee CEO, Alexey Sorokin.

The free events allow fans who do not have a ticket to watch with other fans from around the globe.  The venues also provide live music and other entertainment which make them ideal gathering points for the fans.

The 2018 Fan Fest stage highlights traditional designs from Russia with the official look of the FIFA World Cup.