Petrovsky Stadium
The Petrovsky Stadium is a sport complex that consists of a number of sport buildings. One of them is the Grand Sport Arena which is the home of FC Zenit
FC Zenit Saint Petersburg
Football Club Zenit is a Russian football club from the city of Saint-Petersburg. Founded in 1925 , the club plays in the Russian Premier League...

 of Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg
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, Russia
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 and for simplicity referred by everyone as Petrovsky Stadium. The complex also contains another football stadium, Minor Sport Arena (MSA). MSA of Petrovsky in 2008 was used by several teams that compete in lower professional leagues: FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg
FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg
FC Dynamo Saint Petersburg is an association football club from Saint Petersburg, Russia. The club played in the Russian First Division in 2010 after winning the Western zone of the Russian Second Division in 2009. But, the club relegated back to the third level after finishing 16th in 2010...

, FC Zenit-2 Saint Petersburg
FC Zenit-2 Saint Petersburg (2001)
FC Zenit-2 was a Russian football club from Saint Petersburg founded in 2001. It played in the Russian Second Division from 2001 to 2008, their best result was 6th place in 2005. It played as FC Lokomotiv-Zenit-2 in 2001. It was founded as the farm club of FC Zenit, but became independent...

, and FC Sever Murmansk
FC Sever Murmansk
FC Sever Murmansk is a Russian association football club from Murmansk, founded in 1961. As of 2009, it plays in the Russian Second Division. It played professionally from 1961 to 1984 and again from 2008. It played in the second-highest Soviet First League in 1961 and 1962...

. The whole complex is located on the Petrograd side in central St. Petersburg on Petrovsky Island, an island in the Malaya Neva River
Neva River
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 connected to the mainland by a bridge.


The Grand Sport Arena of the Petrovsky Sport Complex currently has a capacity of 21,405 people.


The first stadium at this location was designed by architects N.V. Baranov, O.I. Guryev and V.M. Fromzel, and was built in 1924 - 1925. In 1957 - 1961 it went through major reconstruction, the largest one before the 1980 Summer Olympics
1980 Summer Olympics
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. At that time the capacity was 33,000 seats.

The stadium has received world recognition since hosting the Goodwill Games
Goodwill Games
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 in 1994. At that time, after a major reconstruction the seating capacity
Seating capacity
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 was changed to a more comfortable design with 21,405 seats. All seats are made of weather-proof durable plastic. Seats have different colour, depending on the seating section and proximity to the pit.


Zenit Saint Petersburg
FC Zenit Saint Petersburg
Football Club Zenit is a Russian football club from the city of Saint-Petersburg. Founded in 1925 , the club plays in the Russian Premier League...

are currently based at Petrovsky Stadium where they play home their games.

Aside from sporting events, the stadium has been a popular place for entertainment, music concerts and festivals.

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