Russia's first-ever FIFA World Cup will get underway at 6:00 p.m. local time (01:00 AEST) with the match between the hosts and Saudi Arabia at the 81,000-seater arena.

The World Cup opening ceremony will be held at Luzhniki right before the game.

The FIFA World Cup will continue through 15 July, with the matches set to take place at 12 stadiums across 11 cities.