The King Salman Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019 will be held in the VIP zone of the Grand Sports Arena at the Luzhniki Olympic Complex. The Stadium and the surrounding areas were extensively renovated and upgraded with the occasion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, turning it into one of the biggest and more modern sports facilities in Europe, with a capacity of 78.360 spectators.
This is the largest sports and entertainment complex in Russia, stretching over 150 hectares. It is located in one of the most picturesque areas of Moscow, at a bend in Moskva River, in front of the Sparrow Hills ("Vorobyovy Gory") and the Neskuchny Garden.
Luzhniki Stadium lies adjacent to Moscow’s Third Ring road, and it can be reached with the metro line 1 (red line), being Sportivnaya the nearest station, or alternatively Vorobyovy Gory. Both are within walking distance of the stadium. This metro line connects directly with Moscow’s city center, and the ride from either Okhotny Ryad or Biblioteka should take no more than 10 minutes.
The playing venue is located in the Sector С, with the entrance from the central alley (walkway). The playing hall is a spacious and well-lit area overlooking the playing field of the main football arena.
The official hotel of the King Salman Rapid & Blitz Championships is the Radisson Collection Hotel Moscow, which was historically known as "Hotel Ukraina". This building is one of the famous "Seven Sisters" of Moscow, the seven legendary skyscrapers from the soviet times, and it served as Karpov's headquarters during his historical match with Kasparov.
The players will be provided with transportation between the official hotel and the playing venue.
Online registration for the King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Championships 2019 is open: https://wrbc2019registration.fide.com/