Russian football originates in Saint Petersburg where the firsl football match in Russia was held on the Cadet corps ground of the Vasilievsky Island.
Petersburg is a unique city where all residents support one football team. Zenit has long become one of the brightest and recognizable symbols of modern Petersburg.
In the course of the tour you will see places which defined the history of Leningrad and Petersburg club and Russian football in general.You will here stories about people who set up this club. Streets of Saint Petersburg keep memory of the cup success from 1944 till the UEFA Cup 2008.
The Zenit training centre was built in 1968. At present Zenit training and sports centre has two heated training fields, a recovery lounge and a block of flats. Mass-media representatives have free access to the open-air trainings which are regularly held in the Udelny Park.
31 May 1942 the legendary football match between Dinamo team and Leningrad Hardware Plant in the blockaded Leningrad on the football field of the Dinamo Stadium. This match became yet another symbol of unbroken spirit of Leningraders and their faith in victory.
On the spot of Kirov Stadium, where Zenit used to play, there will be a new modern arena designed by a Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa (1934-2007). The stadium will become one of the most technologically advanced and perfect sports edifices in Europe.
The stadium will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, including semi-final games The total capacity of the stadium amounts to 69 501 visitors.
Petrovsky Stadium has been a home arena of FC Zenit since 1995, its tribunes can take in 21 504 fans. The stadium got its modern name in 1992. Its history started in pre-war times, but in 1942 it was destroyed and dismantled. It was reconstructed in 1961.
You can get advantage of a tour around the stadium including a walk around the football arena, a story about key events of stadium and Zenit Football Club, a visit to the footballers’ changing rooms
During the 2018 FIFA World Cup the stadium will serve as a training centre.
Sports and Concert Complex was built in 1980. In Autumn of the same year it hosted a triumphant honoring ceremony of new bronze prize-winners of the USSR Championship. The Zenit’s legendary victory of 1984 also took place on the SCC field. The Petersburg Zenit was honored here — it was the first time when the team’s fans saw the UEFA Cup, taken from Manchester to the Neva banks by the winners.
Official city tourist portal of St. Petersburg / visit-petersburg.ru/en/