Case Study: Belden® Prepares Spartak’s New Stadium to Broadcast 2018 World Cup

When the “Red-Whites” finally got the chance to construct their own 47,000-seat home stadium, Belden cables were chosen to withstand the environment, speed installation and ultimately support broadcasting capabilities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.


When RTVS set out to broadcast Slovakia’s largest sporting event, they turned to Belden to help meet strict schedule constraints, while ensuring reliability and performance amidst extreme cold, snowy conditions.

After more than two decades of looking to build a new stadium, Moscow’s Spartak Football Club finally began construction on the Otkritie Arena in 2010 and increased its planned seating capacity from 35,000 to 43,000 seats with an eye on the upcoming 2018 World Cup. With the seats installed in February 2014 and the finals details rapidly nearing completion, the opening exhibition match took place on July 24, 2014 between Spartak and Dynamo, the historic and renowned rivals.

The new Spartak stadium will also be home to a 12,000-capacity indoor arena and multi-sports complex that will hold football matches, concerts and various sports competitions. It will also serve as the press center for the 2018 World Cup.