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Monday 10 Dec 2012
Winning with WAN 
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Populous wins 2018 World Cup Stadium through WAN Business Information Service 

Populous is one of the world leaders in stadium and arena design with offices in six countries and exceptional architectural schemes the world over. The latest string to the Populous bow is the Rostov Stadium for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Sixty-four matches will be held during the international tournament at twelve venues in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Samara, Saransk, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don and Yekaterinburg.

WAN’s Business Information Service issued a tender for the Rostov Stadium for the 2018 FIFA World Cup which was picked up by Populous. The design team has now won the competition for this high-profile project. Patricia Fernandez, Communications and Marketing Manager at Populous, explains: “As a global design company, it’s crucial that we are kept up to date with accurate tender news which focuses on our industry. WAN’s Business Information Service provides this unique service to us on a daily basis.”

When complete, the 45,000-capacity stadium will impact the entire region. The concept has been inspired by the ancient earthworks nearby known as The Kurgans which were part of pagan burial rituals. The result is a swirling sculptural design which will be scaled down to 25,000 seats after the World Cup has taken place and every effort has been made to keep the design as sustainable as possible.

Damon Lavelle, Principal at Populous, commented: “It’s been a pleasure to work with Intex, the city and the governor of Rostov-on-Don to promote the project. After our experience on the World Cup in 2010 and London 2012, we are certain that the stadium will be a great catalyst for the city and this part of the river.”

The practice has designed stadia for international events such as the Olympic Games and football World Cup, and is due to break records with its 50,000-seat indoor stadium at Ciudad de Victoria in Manila, Philippines.

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