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Photos: Russia’s World Cup stadiums, as seen from the International Space Station

A view from the extreme nosebleed seats
A view from the extreme nosebleed seats
Image: Roscosmos via Reuters
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After spending roughly $11 billion to host the World Cup, Russia will kick off the competition on Thursday (June 14) with matches being played at 12 stadiums around the country.

Along with much-needed transportation and security infrastructure, a massive chunk of Russia’s spending was on the stadiums themselves. Russia commissioned several new ones, while expanding and updating  a clutch of existing venues, with sometimes terrifying outcomes. Overall, around  $4 billon was spent on stadium construction and renovations over the past several years.

In photos released by Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, the 12 stadiums and their varying architectural flourishes are seen from the unique vantage point, the International Space Station.

Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia.
Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia.
Image: Roscosmos via Reuters
Volgograd Arena.
Volgograd Arena.
Image: Roscosmos via Reuters
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
Image: Roscosmos via Reuters
Kazan Arena.
Kazan Arena.
Image: Roscosmos via Reuters
Ekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Ekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Image: Roscosmos via Reuters
Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia.
Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia.
Image: Roscosmos via Reuters
Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
Rostov Arena, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
Image: Roscosmos via Reuters
Samara Arena.
Samara Arena.
Image: Roscosmos via Reuters
Kaliningrad Stadium
Kaliningrad Stadium
Image: Roscosmos via Reuters
Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Image: Roscosmos via Reuters
Spartak Stadium in Moscow.
Spartak Stadium in Moscow.
Image: Roscosmos via Reuters
Saint Petersburg stadium.
Saint Petersburg stadium.
Image: Roscosmos via Reuters