FIFA set for first stadium inspection in Russia

A joint delegation made up of FIFA and Russia 2018 LOC representatives will hold its first official inspection visit to the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ stadiums on 16-23 October.

The trip will see the delegation visiting stadiums in St. Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi and Moscow, in addition to going over the projects and plans in place for the construction of the remaining 2018 FIFA World Cup venues.

The joint delegation includes 40 experts from FIFA, LOC, and Arena-2018 in the areas of designing and building stadiums, preparing and operating competitions, security, transport, logistics, hospitality services, broadcasting, media operations, medical control, staff performance, and marketing and ticketing programs.

“Running the first joint inspection of the 2018 FIFA World Cup stadiums is a crucial milestone marking the transition from the design phase to operational stage of preparations for the tournament,” noted Alexey Sorokin, CEO of the Russia 2018 LOC.

“The primary goal for inspection at this stage is to receive first-hand information on how design and construction is going for the 2018 FIFA World Cup stadiums. That will enable the FIFA, LOC and Arena-2018 experts to report back to representatives of the host cities with their own comments on how to optimize the work going on so as to meet all FIFA requirements.”