The fourth photo in our Russia series this week looks at the stadium of Lokomotiv Moskcow (Локомотив Москва), built in 2002. It features a remarkable cable suspension system to hold up a roof made of 250,000ft² of 16mm Titan structured sheet. The compact 30,000 capacity design has the locals referring to it as an “Angliya” style ground.
The “Lokomotiv” name refers to their role as part of the rail transport workers’ sports society, once home to over a million athletes in different sports throughout the Soviet Union. Lokomotiv are considered a smaller team than their city rivals Spartak and CSKA Moscow, but they did win the Premier League in 2002. The new stadium, replacing a 9,000 capacity ground that did not meet UEFA’s requirements, stands them in good stead as their facilities now surpass most other Eastern European teams.