Arena-2018 presents stadium requirements handbook to Russia 2018 host cities
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Arena-2018 in cooperation with the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM Local Organising Committee (LOC) have presented the Russia 2018 Host Cities with the Stadium Requirements Handbook – a document that will form the basis for the design and construction of the Russia 2018 arenas.

The workshop that took place on 23-24 July was attended by more than 60 leading specialists and experts from companies involved in the design and construction of all 12 2018 World Cup stadiums, representatives of regional ministries and departments and international consultants specialising in stadium operations.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup stadium handbook is drawn up by FIFA in conjunction with Arena-2018. The handbook combines all FIFA’s most up-to-date infrastructure requirements for Russia 2018 stadiums, based on the experience of previous FIFA World Cups. The first edition of the document was issued in the spring of 2013. The final expanded version will be published in 2014, earlier than ever before in the run-up to a FIFA World Cup.

Attention of participants of the workshop was drawn to the need of a special focus on the legacy programmes for the tournament stadiums. The CEO of the Russia 2018 LOC, Alexey Sorokin noted: “As the organisations authorised to prepare for and stage the 2018 World Cup, it’s definitely the case that the LOC and Arena-2018 have an interest above all in ensuring that the stadiums built for the tournament comply with FIFA requirements. But the success of the World Cup in Russia will depend not just on how well it is organised, but also on how effectively the facilities are used after the tournament. And international experience shows that it’s right now, in the design stage, that we must make sure the stadiums are multipurpose.”

At the presentation of the new handbook, the organisers also outlined the main principles that will apply to the design, construction and use of Russia 2018 stadiums to make sure they meet the requirements of sustainable development. These principles cover areas such as energy consumption, environmentally friendly transport, compliance with environmental requirements and standards and the need to make sure stadiums are properly integrated into the cities in which they are located.

International experts from two famous European stadiums – England’s Wembley and Netherlands’ Amsterdam Arena – detailed their experience of designing, building and using stadiums effectively. The workshop was also addressed by the head of the Brazilian company Arena, Carlos de la Corte, who spoke about how similar issues have been resolved during the construction of stadiums for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Arena-2018 will develop its cooperation with the Russia 2018 stadium owners by organising more workshops on stadium design and construction – and several more will be held before the end of this year. Also in October, Arena-2018 in cooperation with FIFA experts, will make inspection visits to several Russia 2018 stadiums as a part of the monitoring process.  

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

Matches at Russia 2018 will take place in 11 Host Cities and 12 stadiums: Moscow (Luzhniki and Spartak Moscow’s stadium), Saint Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Ekaterinburg.