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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Spartak Plans New Stadium

Itar-TassMutko in Moscow on Thursday
Spartak Moscow football club this week unveiled plans for a state-of-the-art new stadium to be built in the city's northwestern Tushino district.

Planning for the new stadium, which will hold 35,000 spectators, has been under way for more than three years, a statement posted on the club's web site said.

Spartak currently plays its home games at Luzhniki stadium, which also hosts a variety of events, including concerts and track-and-field competitions.

Construction of the new stadium at the Tushino air field will begin in early 2007. The stadium is scheduled to open in 2009, according to the official web site of the stadium project.

The stadium is expected to cost 150 million euros ($191 million) to build.

Spartak legend Nikita Simonyan, who led the team's attack as a player in the 1950s and went on to become its manager in the 1960s, said several generations of Spartak players had dreamed of a stadium like this.

"When asked about the stadium, [Spartak founder] Nikolai Starostin once said: 'We have Luzhniki.' But times have changed, and it would be hard to imagine the future development of the club without resolving this issue," Simonyan said in comments posted on the club's web site.

"So today is truly an historical day."

Vitaly Mutko, president of the Russian Football Union, expressed hope that there would soon be enough top-class stadiums in the country to allow Russia to host major football tournaments, such as the World Cup and the European Championship.