A delegation from the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Local Organising Committee (LOC) and FIFA officials have completed their inspection tour of the 13 different 2018 FIFA World Cup candidate host cities.
The commission visited Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Ekaterinburg, Yaroslavl, Moscow, Sochi, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Samara and Volgograd from 10 April to 22 June. The inspection tour took almost three and a half months, with the delegation travelling a total distance of more than 14,000 kilometres. Around 400 hours were spent in the cities themselves.
The experts visited the stadia and construction sites, inspected airports and familiarised themselves with the concepts of the Fan Fests. They also met with the officials of the cities and regions contending to be Host Cities. Each region presented plans for modernising transport and hotel infrastructures.
Fifteen stadia in 13 cities are vying to host 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ matches. Five proposed stadia are under construction: in St. Petersburg, Saransk, Kazan, Sochi and the FC Spartak Stadium in Moscow. Two more stadia are to be reconstructed if selected to host 2018 FIFA World Cup matches: Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and Ekaterinburg Stadium. Other stadia in Kaliningrad, Yaroslavl, Samara, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don and the FC Dynamo Stadium in Moscow are in the design stages. During the inspection visits, all the cities presented their stadia construction concepts.
Simultaneously with the inspection visits, during EURO 2012, delegates from Russian candidate cities and experts from FIFA and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia LOC visited the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv as part of the Observer Programme to learn from Ukraine’s experience in preparing for UEFA EURO 2012.
As part of the preparations for the announcement of the host cities, the candidate cities are developing official 2018 FIFA World Cup posters. The posters will be unveiled simultaneously with the announcement of the final list of host cities.
“It was good to get first-hand impressions of the candidate host cities and their plans for using the hosting of the FIFA World Cup for the development of infrastructure.” said Jurgen Muller, Head of the 2014, 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups.
“We are grateful to all the cities for the professional organisation of the inspection visits,” said Russia 2018 LOC CEO Alexey Sorokin. “They provided us with the complete information required for our work. The candidate host cities had an additional opportunity to review the requirements for staging the 2018 World Cup with FIFA experts and evaluate the cities’ plans related to the tournament. The success of the FIFA World Cup depends not only on how well it is organised, but also on how efficiently the host nation uses the 2018 World Cup legacy.”