The "Fisht" Olympic Stadium is located in the Olympic Park so that the spectators have a magnificent view on both mountain peaks in the north and the sea in the south.
The design of the "Fisht" Olympic Stadium in Sochi is unique across Russia. For the first time in the construction of a large-scale structure, a translucent polycarbonate roof will be used which will give the building an appearance of snowy peaks, ensuring it sits in harmony with the landscape of the Imeretinskaya Valley and the Caucasus Mountains.
In the building’s design safety for visitors, workers, and athletes was paramount. Moreover, environmental risks and losses related to the building construction and use have been minimized. The stadium’s design was developed to meet the requirements of the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) as well as international best practice in accessibility for people with disabilities.
After the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games the "Fisht" Olympic Stadium will be used as a venue for Russian national football team matches and as a training center. It will also host mass entertainment events and shows.
The Fisht Mountain reaches 2,857m above sea level and is one of the most famous mountains in Russia. In translation from Adyghe language, the name means "white head", "white frost" or "grey-headed". The mountain obtained its name from the ice at its peak. The shining snow cap also serve as the prototype for the original architectural concept for the "Fisht" Olympic Stadium. Incidentally, the transparent roof of this sports venue means that spectators in the stadium will be able to see the whole mountain from its foot to its peak.