Five years at the Gazprom Arena: 103 matches, 258 goals, three league titles

Our stadium hosted its first game on 22 April 2017 and it's been an eventful five years since then!
Five years at the Gazprom Arena: 103 matches, 258 goals, three league titles

The first match played there was against Ural from Ekaterinburg, Zenit ran out 2-0 winners with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the first goal at the Gazprom Arena.

That first goal was quite some time coming, only arriving in the 86th minute of the first game at the new Stadium. Branislav Ivanovic would go on to get a total of six goals in his Zenti career.

The third match at the Gazprom Arena saw Zenit score the team's first "comeback" win. Having conceded first against Rubin Kazan, Zenit came back to win 2-1 thanks to a brace from Sebastian Driussi. Zenit have 11 more "comeback" wins since then, the biggest being a 4-1 win over Ural in the 2018/19 season.PZ_009217_002312_0h.jpg

We met our Moscow rivals Spartak for the first time at the Gazprom Arena in August 2017 and scored a very memorable 5-1 win. In the 103 games held at the Gazprom Arena we've won the game by three or more goals on 27 occasions, or 26.2% of all the games played there!

The biggest wins in the Gazprom Arena's history are the 7-1 defeats of Ural in the 2019/20 season and Spartak Moscow in the 2021/22 campaign. The 7-1 defeat for Spartak last season is the biggest defeat in the Moscow club's entire history.PZ_015826_0211.JPG

The 6-1 win over Lokomotiv Moscow was also a special game, it was our biggest ever win over the Railwaymen and also the match that saw us secure our third RPL title in a row.PZ_015826_0813.JPG

Emiliano Rigoni scored the Gazprom Arena's first ever hat-trick in October 2017 as we beat Norway's Rosenborg 3-1 in the Europa League.PZ_009583_0016090h.jpg

The 2021/22 season saw us score our biggest ever European win at the Gazprom Areana when we saw off Malmö 4-0 in the Champions League.

Artem Dzyuba and Sardar Azmoun were battling with each other to be the stadium's top scorer with first place swapping between the two for some time. However Artem Dzyuba has now secured top spot with 45 goals scored at the Gazprom Arena in total, 38 of those coming in the Russian Premier Liga.PZ_013163_0297_0h.JPG

Our first full season at the Gazprom Arena (the 2017/18 season) saw us break the Russian attendance record with an average of 43,962 spectators. Beating the record set by Alania Vladikavkaz of 33,467 in 1995. A year later, we broke the record again with an average of 48,244.PZ_0011599_000024_0h.jpg

The match between Zenit and CSKA Moscow on 12 May 2019 was another record breaker. We won the game 3-1 and the 61,494 fans in attendance saw us lift the RPL title as well as set the current Gazprom Arena attendance record.PZ_011922_11486_0h.jpg

In its five years of life the Gazprom Arena has seen Zenit play 103 official matches, earn 73 wins, draw 14 times and suffer 16 defeats. We've scored 258 goals, or 2.5 goals per game on average there, another record!