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Echoing the sentiment of its iconic football club, Otkrytiye Arena boasts of a ‘gladiator’ style series of armor plates that fold over one another and fit the overall multi-curvilinear facade shape. Around 600 giant diamond-shaped shingles – similar to Spartak Moscow’s logo – each measuring approximately 8m in width and 5m in height, cover the whole structure and provide a burst of color and energy to the sports stadium. Inaugurated in September 2014, Otkrytiye Arena will host Spartak Moscow’s home soccer matches, as well as those of the Russian national team. With seating for 45,000 spectators, it will also be a key venue for the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017 and the FIFA World Cup in 2018. But hosting such large events, where thousands of people enter and exit the stadium all at once at a set time, requires meticulous planning, creative thinking and foresight. This is where KONE stepped in to ensure the smooth flow of people inside the stadium during events. KONE will also conduct regular preventive maintenance visits as part of a five-year maintenance agreement to make certain its equipment functions smoothly at all times and to ensure that the flow of people is seamless during the stadium’s biggest sporting events. Armed with customized solutions to enhance aesthetics, and specially designed equipment to improve safety and people flow inside the stadium, Otkrytiye Arena will be ready and able to host some of Russia’s largest sporting events in the coming years.