11/28/2017 10:38:18 AM

Russia builds inside-out arena for World Cup

Russia builds inside-out arena for World Cup

Moscow: How does it feel to be on the outside looking in?

Football fans visiting Yekaterinburg in the Russian Urals for the 2018 World Cup will find out when they get seated in one of two temporary stands that fill empty plots of land next to the arena -- originally too small to fit FIFA rules.

Openings at each goal end of the stadium's facade offer a remote view of the pitch, but no protection from the sun or rain.

And those unlucky enough to only get tickets for the extensions' upper-most rows will stare out directly at the outer edge of the refurbished Yekaterinburg Arena's circular roof.

The UK's perplexed Guardian newspaper suggested the entire ensemble might have come from "outer space" while USA Today screamed that it "couldn't look any scarier".

All of which has left the construction company behind the 42-metre-tall (138-foot-tall) extensions sounding somewhat bemused.

"This is a typical solution for sport facilities built for major international competitions," Sinara-Development Director General Timur Ufimtsev told AFP. "In addition, you can see a beautiful panoramic view of Yekaterinburg itself since the stadium is in a central part of the city."

He added that the whole seating section is protected by "tall railings" to make sure no one falls off.

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