The Opening Ceremony was held in “Kazan Arena”. The stadium was one of the many new venues built in the capital of Tatarstan specifically for the Universiade. More than 46 thousand people in the stands viewed the spectacle unfolding on a unique stage surrounded by water. The grand show told about the nations, history, and culture of Russia.
11579 athletes from 159 countries took part in the Kazan Universiade. The competition had a record number of sports - 27. Many student records were broken by the end of the sports program. The cultural programme shone in a completely new light when the Tatar harvest festival of "Sabantuy" was celebrated as a part of it. Thousands of visitors from all across the world turned it into a real festival of the friendship of peoples.
President of FISU at the time, Claude-Louis Gallien, called Kazan Universiade the most successful event in the history of world university sports.
In the past 8 years, Kazan has become one of Russia's sports hubs. Universiade's legacy allowed the city to host many large Russian and international events, including the World Aquatics Championships in 2015. Undoubtedly, the Universiade has become not only one of the brightest events in the city's history but a powerful impulse for the entire region's development.
The torch of holding the summer edition of the FISU World University Games in Russia will be passed on to Ekaterinburg in 2023. Kazan's overwhelming success will serve as a valuable experience and will help the organizers to hold another colorful celebration of student sports.