Any football fans with a nervous disposition about heights had better look away now.

The enormous temporary stand at the World Cup stadium in Ekaterinburg – the most easterly host city at Russia 2018 – has finally been completed.

And while a seat at the top of this enormous Meccano set offers fine views of the city, you’re going to need a pair of binoculars to see any of the action.

The - slightly nauseating - view from the top of the temporary stand constructed at the Ekaterinburg World Cup stadium

The - slightly nauseating - view from the top of the temporary stand constructed at the Ekaterinburg World Cup stadium

The – slightly nauseating – view from the top of the temporary stand constructed at the Ekaterinburg World Cup stadium

Spectators at the back of the giant metal structure can enjoy impressive views of the area surrounding the stadium

Spectators at the back of the giant metal structure can enjoy impressive views of the area surrounding the stadium

Spectators at the back of the giant metal structure can enjoy impressive views of the area surrounding the stadium

The view of the pitch from the Gods, however, is less clear with fans advised to pack a pair of binoculars to see the players

The view of the pitch from the Gods, however, is less clear with fans advised to pack a pair of binoculars to see the players

The view of the pitch from the Gods, however, is less clear with fans advised to pack a pair of binoculars to see the players

The temporary stand is an enormous stack of scaffolding that stretches 45 metres up into the air behind one of the goals

The temporary stand is an enormous stack of scaffolding that stretches 45 metres up into the air behind one of the goals

The temporary stand is an enormous stack of scaffolding that stretches 45 metres up into the air behind one of the goals

FIFA regulations state that each World Cup venue must have a minimum capacity of 35,000, something that was proving an issue for the home of Russian Premier League side Ural Yekaterinburg.

With Russian president Vladimir Putin admitting construction was behind schedule last year, the planned full-scale renovation of the stadium wasn’t possible.

So the organisers came up with the novel solution of building a huge temporary stand that extended out beyond the limits of the stadium.

Construction workers built a huge web of metal scaffolding and then installed bright orange seats on top, ensuring that spectators at the top had a full view of the pitch.

The temporary structure was conceived after the Ekaterinburg Arena was struggling to reach required capacity of 35,000

The temporary structure was conceived after the Ekaterinburg Arena was struggling to reach required capacity of 35,000

The temporary structure was conceived after the Ekaterinburg Arena was struggling to reach required capacity of 35,000

The temporary stand protrudes outside the circular roof of the stadium, but every seat does have a view of the pitch

The temporary stand protrudes outside the circular roof of the stadium, but every seat does have a view of the pitch

The temporary stand protrudes outside the circular roof of the stadium, but every seat does have a view of the pitch

Orange seats have been installed in the stands at the redeveloped stadium as local club Ural Yekaterinburg play in orange kit

Orange seats have been installed in the stands at the redeveloped stadium as local club Ural Yekaterinburg play in orange kit

Orange seats have been installed in the stands at the redeveloped stadium as local club Ural Yekaterinburg play in orange kit

This temporary stand, plus a smaller one at the opposite end, successfully raised the stadium’s capacity to 35,000.

Unfortunately for those ticket-holders up in the Gods, there is no protection from the elements even if they will be able to see any inclement weather coming from miles off.

And given that the top of the stand is level with the 45.5-metre roof of the stadium, it’s definitely not one for vertigo sufferers.

Those closer to the front of the temporary stand do have a better view of the four group games that will be played there

Those closer to the front of the temporary stand do have a better view of the four group games that will be played there

Those closer to the front of the temporary stand do have a better view of the four group games that will be played there

The thousands of spectators with tickets in the temporary stand better hope for good weather as there isn't any cover

The thousands of spectators with tickets in the temporary stand better hope for good weather as there isn't any cover

The thousands of spectators with tickets in the temporary stand better hope for good weather as there isn’t any cover

Russian police officers check out the view from the top of the stand as the city counts down to the World Cup finals

Russian police officers check out the view from the top of the stand as the city counts down to the World Cup finals

Russian police officers check out the view from the top of the stand as the city counts down to the World Cup finals

Officers have been testing the security of the stand at a venue that will hosts the likes of France, Mexico and Uruguay 

Officers have been testing the security of the stand at a venue that will hosts the likes of France, Mexico and Uruguay 

Officers have been testing the security of the stand at a venue that will hosts the likes of France, Mexico and Uruguay 

An external view of the giant metal structure of the stand - without the temporary seats, the stadium holds just 23,000 fans

An external view of the giant metal structure of the stand - without the temporary seats, the stadium holds just 23,000 fans

An external view of the giant metal structure of the stand – without the temporary seats, the stadium holds just 23,000 fans

Those sat in the upper rows can expect a steep climb and no protection whatsoever from the elements during the World Cup

Those sat in the upper rows can expect a steep climb and no protection whatsoever from the elements during the World Cup

Those sat in the upper rows can expect a steep climb and no protection whatsoever from the elements during the World Cup

Located some 881 miles from Moscow, Yekaterinburg is the most easterly of the tournament's 11 host cities

Located some 881 miles from Moscow, Yekaterinburg is the most easterly of the tournament's 11 host cities

Located some 881 miles from Moscow, Yekaterinburg is the most easterly of the tournament’s 11 host cities

The Ekaterinburg Arena, located in a city some 881 miles east of Moscow, will stage four group matches during the tournament – Egypt vs Uruguay, France vs Peru, Japan vs Senegal and Mexico vs Sweden.

After the tournament, the plan is to take down the temporary seating and restore the capacity to 23,000 for the home matches of Ural, who play in orange kits.

Along with the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, the venue for the final, the Ekaterinburg Arena is the only one of the 12 tournament stadiums not to have been built from scratch.

 

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