Architectural firm Populous has secured a contract to design the Rostov Stadium in Russia.
Planned to be built in Rostov-on-Don on the southern bank of Don river, the stadium will be used for the 2018 World Cup, together with stadiums in Kazan, Saransk and Sochi.
The stadium will also host FC Rostov of the Russian Premier League, replacing Olimp – 2 football stadium in Rostov-on-Don.
Upon completion, the stadium will have seating capacity for 45,000 people, which will be decreased to 25,000 seats once the tournament ends.
Populous said that the design is inspired by the ancient earthworks along the Kurgans and the archaeological mounds of earth found along the river bank, which were used for burial pagan rituals.
Sustainable elements have been used in the project, which will form the core of a green city project to protect the wetlands to the south of the river.
Populous principal Damon Lavelle said, "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."
Rostov Stadium will be the fourth stadium that Populous has designed in Russia.
In 2009, Russian State Corporation Olympstroy selected Populous to design the main stadium for the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi.
Image: After completion, Rostov Stadium will have seating capacity for 45,000 people. Photo: courtesy of Populous.