2018 FIFA World Cup Russia General Information
As you know the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia will be held from the 8th of June till the 8th of July 2018. This will be the first time when the championship is held in Russia and Eastern Europe. The event will take place on 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities: Moscow, Kaliningrad, Saint-Petersburg, Volgograd, Sochi, Nizhniy Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov on Don, Yekaterinburg and Kazan.
So far FIFA has approved the list of 60 training Team Base Camps (TBCs) that will be available to participating teams. Some of the TBCs are located in the 11 selected cities where the official 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia events will take place. Additional TBCs are located in other 20 non participating cities.
Luzhniki Stadium Reconstruction in Moscow
Moscow will play a major role in hosting the key 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia events that include the opening match, semi-final game and the final. All games will be taking place at the famous Luzhniki Stadium that is being reconstructed at the moment. We have prepared a photo tour to show you how the renovation is progressing at the moment.
The stadium takes a preatty large plot of land spread along the Moscow River.
Overall the territory of Luzhniki looks really fresh and modern after renovation.
It’s easy to navigate around the area thanks to the signs that have all of the facilities names listed in English. There are lots of new open area sport facilities similar to the ones you see below.
Here is one of the main Russia 2018 Organization Committee’s buildings located onsite.
Some sports brands like the ones you see below have already setup their stores and product showrooms.
As I have mentioned, the territory of Luzhniki is huge and looks great for taking bike rides that you can rent here.
Most of the smaller facilities except for several major constructions (Olympic swimming pool and stadium) are already operational.
Some administrative buildings are still being constructed.
Most of the works that apply to the Luzhniki Stadium reconstruction are taking place inside the stadium.
The stadium is located in close proximity to the central part of the city at the premises of one of the largest Olympic complexes in the world. The Luzhniki Olympic Complex is situated along the beautiful Moscow River.
They plan to complete all the reconstruction activities at the Luzhniki Stadium by the end of 2017 which is several months ahead of the official start of the world cup.
Most of the construction works taking place at the Moscow stadium right now are targeted at increasing the number of seats and changing the angle of these seats to make them slightly lean towards the field and provide a better observation. After the reconstruction, the stadium will be able to seat 81,000 visitors.
2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Construction Readiness Schedule
As noted by the Minister of Sport of Russia, Mr. Mutko in one of his recent press conferences, the construction progress is in line with the approved schedule for most of the participating 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia stadiums. There are some minor delays with the constructions in Kaliningrad and Yekaterinburg that are not critical at the moment.
The recent Stadium Readiness and Construction Progress Review held by the Russia 2018 Local Organizing Committee and the visiting FIFA delegation has confirmed the preparations to be in line with the agreed schedule. The FIFA representatives included a number of experts in safety, transportation, logistics and broadcasting.