This vast stadium was built in just one year before completion in 1956. It stands as the centerpiece of the Luzhniki sports complex, a 160-hectare site sitting next to the Moskva river and incorporating facilities for swimming, figure skating, tennis, gymnastics and football. The stadium itself has a retractable transparent roof and can seat a sizable 86,000 spectators. The stadium does not have the most glorious of histories, being the location of Europe's most deadly stadium tragedy in 1982 nearly 350 Spartak Moscow fans perished in a mass crush during a UEFA cup match. Note the large statue of Lenin standing before the stadium. For many the communist name of 'Lenin Stadium' still stands.