Arena Khimki

September 18, 2013
Key facts

Clubs: CSKA Moscow and Dynamo Moscow | Opening: 2008 | Capacity: 18,636 seats

History and description

The Arena Khimki was built to provide FC Khimki with a new home in place of their old stadium that stood at the same site.

Construction works started in 2005, and plans got more ambitious while the works developed. The Arena Khimki officially opened on the 20th of September 2008 with a match between FC Khimki and FC Saturn.

Soon after, Dynamo Moscow started renting the arena as it offered better facilities than their dilapidated home ground.

In 2010, CSKA Moscow also decided to play most of their home matches at the Arena Khimki while their planned new stadium is under construction. Dynamo had in the meantime presented plans to build a new stadium of their own.

FC Khimki’s fortunes however dwindled, and they now play most of their home games at a smaller local ground.

The Arena Khimki has hosted one Russian Cup final: in 2009 CSKA Moscow beat Rubin Kazan 1-0.

Getting there

The Arena Khimki is located in the city of Khimki, which is located on the north-western edge of Moscow on the MKAD Ring Road at just under 20 kilometres from …read more

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