Sochi, Russia, 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Fisht Olympic Stadium, Populous, Burro Happold, Vector Foiltec, Faberge, opening ceremony, Putin, IOC

The Fisht Olympic Stadium was inspired by the famous jeweled Fabergé eggs that were originally made for the wives and mothers of Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as Easter gifts. The roof is designed to look like snowy peaks so that it blends in with the backdrop of the Imeretinskaya Valley and the Caucasus Mountains. German construction company Vector Foiltec built the roof with their transparent plastic Texlon® ETFE (ethylene-tetra-fluoro-ethylene) air-filled cushions. At night the stadium will create spectacular displays using LED lighting.

Sochi, Russia, 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Fisht Olympic Stadium, Populous, Burro Happold, Vector Foiltec, Faberge, opening ceremony, Putin, IOC

The stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies, and after the Olympics it will be used as a training center and match venue for the Russian national football team. Fisht was also chosen as one of 11 stadiums to host matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

+ 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

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