Russia spent billions on the most expensive World Cup ever – take a tour of the stunning stadiums

world cup stadiums russiaReutersA general view shows the Kaliningrad Stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in Kaliningrad, Russia April 11, 2018.

The 2018 World Cup has officially kicked off. Soccer teams from Saudi Arabia and Russia – the tournament’s host country – play the first match Thursday morning.

In preparation for the games, Russia has devoted more than $2.8 billion toward building and updating 12 massive stadiums across 11 cities. The arenas pay tribute to traditional Russian architecture – characterized by sculptural fixtures – while also nodding to Putin-era building design, which have sharp angles and flamboyant patterns.

Take a tour below:

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