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  • Founded in: 1838
  • Population: 401,000
  • Distance to Moscow: 1679 km

The Black Sea resort of Sochi has risen to global prominence after having been awarded the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Situated along 140 km of the coast (the longest city in Europe) and against the backdrop of the Caucasus Mountains, this resort, now commonly referred to as the “Russian Riviera”, has long been one of Russia’s most popular tourist destinations and a truly great sports city.

The city offers countless opportunities for sports: mountain climbing, hang-gliding, diving, sailing, aqua bikes, skiing and much more. The famous mountain resort, Krasnaya Polyana, is located 40 km from the seacoast. In Sochi one can go skiing in the morning and sailing or swimming in the afternoon on the same day.

The undisturbed forests surrounding the city are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

During the preparations for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Sochi’s tourism infrastructure underwent significant and extensive expansion and renovation. The resulting new accommodation and transport infrastructure provides a modern and tested state-of-the-art tourism environment for visitors attending 2018 FIFA World Cup™ matches in the city.

FIFA Fan Fest™

FIFA Fan Fest Sochi 3D Rendering

Location: South Mall of the Seaport

Venue Capacity: 10,000

Cultural and Historical Value: The South Mall of the Sochi Commercial Seaport is a venue for mass events for the inhabitants and guests of the resort and is the most popular site for the City Day celebration.

The building of the Sochi Seaport, which is an architectural monument of federal value, heads up an ensemble of architectural sights of the city of Sochi, which are both historical and modern. The Sochi Seaport is one of the first places usually visited by guests to the city. Moreover, the South Mall is the beginning of the pedestrian embankment, as well as the sea embankment, of the Сity of Sochi.

The most important annual and special events of Sochi are held on the site, including Victory Day, City Day, the Opening Ceremony of SCF Black Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2014. Furthermore the site has been part of concert program of New Wave in 2015 and has also hosted important international forums and fairs.

The site carried live broadcasts of matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ and hosted the celebration of 500 days to FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 in February 2016.

For more information on the FIFA Fan Fest in Sochi during Russia 2018, head here!