Arena for FC Zenit ( literally translated as The football stadium in the western part of Krestovsky Island) - is a stadium in Saint Petersburg, which is currently under construction. It will host the home matches of FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. The stadium was planned to be completed by December 2008, The name of the future stadium has not been decided yet. At this moment its official name is "Footbolniy stadion v zapadnoy chasti Krestovskogo ostrova", and is commonly referred to in English as the New Zenit Stadium.
The competition between architectural project was won by Kisho Kurokawa's "The Spaceship". The design of the stadium is almost the same as that of Toyota Stadium in Toyota City, Japan, which was also designed by Kurokawa. The stadium is being built on the location where the former Kirov Stadium used to stand before it was demolished.
In January 2009 the St Petersburg Times reported that the project was now to be funded by the city government of St Petersburg, with Gazprom switching to build a separate skyscraper project. City Hall had to step in after Gazprom declined to invest any further money into the stadium's... Read More