Capacity: 45,000 seats
With a population of just under 340,000, Saransk will be one of the smaller host cities at the 2018 World Cup. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in beauty. Located on the Saranka River, this European-influenced city has plenty of historical buildings, theaters, museums, and well-maintained parks. Saransk is also well-known for its sporting achievements, and is the hometown of many Olympic and World champions.