Stadiums report on Russia 2018 preparations
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The Local Organising Committee for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and the organisation monitoring the construction of the stadiums that will be used at Russia 2018, Arena-2018, have staged their first reporting seminar involving representatives of stadiums that are under construction and were listed in Russia’s FIFA World Cup bid. Participating in the seminar, which took place in Moscow on 17 September 2012, were CEOs, architects and designers from the stadiums in St Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan and Saransk, and from the arenas owned by Dinamo and Spartak Moscow. 

At the invitation of the organisers, the seminar was also attended by international experts in stadium design and construction, including Carlos de la Corte, head of Arena, the Brazilian company overseeing stadium preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

In the course of the seminar, the stadium representatives spoke about design and construction work and the expected delivery dates for their arenas. In particular, construction of the Fisht Olympic stadium in Sochi will be completed in 2013, and by Russia 2018 the stadium will comply with FIFA requirements. Building work is also continuing at the stadium on Krestovsky Island in St Petersburg.  

Architect Dmitry Bush, who is involved in both projects, underlined the importance of the seminar organized by the LOC and Arena-2018. “This is a very useful and timely event. Around this table we have all the best-qualified specialists, and we worked with most of them when Russia’s bid book was being put together. These consultants and experts are very familiar with many of the stadiums we’re talking about today. This will help us to deliver exactly what’s required as we prepare the arenas for 2018 Russia,” Dmitry Bush said. 

Representatives of Spartak Moscow’s stadium reported on the construction of their arena. The main stage of construction is due to be completed in early 2014. “The Spartak stadium will be pleased to host matches at Russia 2018, and we’re doing all we can to be in shape for that. That was clear today. In future, we’re looking forward to even closer collaboration and cooperation with all the seminar participants in order to make sure that Russia’s staging of as grand an event as the FIFA World Cup is a success,” Andrey Kozyrev, director of the Spartak stadium’s construction department, said in summarising the seminar.  

For the arena in Saransk, the initial stage of construction is complete, and the areas beneath the stands are now being built up. The stadium is scheduled to be ready in late 2014. “We are genuinely glad about being invited to this LOC event. Talking to people who are involved in building lots of football stadiums around the world is of tremendous value to Saransk, as a candidate city for Russia 2018,” stressed the deputy head of Mordovia’s government and its minister of construction and architecture, Yevgeny Terelov. 

The seminar ended with a presentation by representatives of Dinamo Moscow’s ground. The stadium’s reconstruction is scheduled to begin in January 2013, and the work is expected to be completed towards the end of 2016. “This latest meeting under the auspices of the Russia 2018 LOC has given us the opportunity to discuss and identify the most sensitive issues which our colleagues are coming up against as they prepare the stadiums for Russia 2018. What we have is a dialogue not between rivals, but between colleagues. We are confident that staging Russia 2018 matches at Petrovsky Park, the cradle of football in Moscow and in Russia, will be a genuine celebration and a memorable event for everyone who loves the world’s favourite game,” said the CEO of the Dinamo management company, Andrey Peregudov. 

At the seminar, the stadium representatives received advice from international experts about FIFA’s requirements for World Cup stadiums. In particular, the head of the Brazilian organisation Arena, Carlos de la Corte, pointed out: “Meetings like this are very important for the staging of the World Cup. Stadium architects and designers have to work in close contact with the LOC in order to take account of all FIFA’s requirements and create a long-term legacy for the World Cup. I’m glad to be here today and am ready to share Brazil’s experience of preparing for the tournament.” 

The CEO of the Russia 2018 LOC, Alexey Sorokin, summed up the seminar: “Most of the stadiums that we discussed today will be delivered in the next two years. For us it was important to hold this seminar before a decision is taken on the final list of host cities for the World Cup, so that builders and designers can take account of all the recommendations and requirements relating to the tournament.” 

In the near future, the LOC and Arena-2018 will be holding a similar seminar for 2018 Russia candidate cities whose stadiums are still in the early stages of design. 

Arena-2018 was founded by the Russia 2018 LOC in April 2012. The organisation’s main task is to monitor the design, construction and rebuilding of the stadiums and ensure that FIFA requirements are met. 

The final list of host cities for Russia 2018 will be announced in Moscow on 29 September. Thirteen cities are currently competing for the right to host matches during the tournament: Moscow, St Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Yaroslavl, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Samara, Saransk, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, Krasnodar and Ekaterinburg.