The decision of the international Federation of football Association (FIFA) to allow for matches of the world Cup stadiums with a capacity of 35 thousand people increases the probability of the cast to review projects arenas that will be built or renovated for the championship 2018 in Russia, in the direction of decreasing the number of seats. About It the correspondent told the Minister of sport of the Russian Federation, head of the organizing Committee «Russia-2018″ Vitaly Mutko.
last weekend the head of FIFA Joseph Blatter on a working visit visited Russia, where he coordinated the preparations for the world Cup. Mutko have said before, that Blatter made the initiative to reduce the number of cities that will host matches of the championship, based on the experience of the tournament in Brazil. Was discussed and a possible reduction in the capacity of a number of arenas, as FIFA has set a New minimum for stadiums that will host the championship of the world, which dropped from 45 to 35 thousand people.
«This decision one way or another does not concern stadiums that will host matches of the opening, the semi-finals and finals. And about changing the capacity of the other arenas while early to speak — as long as we maintain the current concept, according to which they will be able to take More than 45 thousand people. We somehow had to wait, when all will be fixed legally. The case is very difficult, because this week will be presented the results of the examination arenas in Nizhny Novgorod and Volgograd, which was guided by the concept of 2011. So, in the event of a change in their capacity will need to wrap and hold a new examination, which will take another six months,» said Mutko.
According to the head of the Agency, evaluate the necessity of recording changes in the projects of stadiums for the world Cup will give a special Commission.» The new standard minimum capacity arenas arose from the fact that the main profit comes from the television, not ticket sales,» explained Mutko.
along with this, the Minister said that currently, the FIFA «satisfied with the pace of Russia’s preparations for the world Cup».
it is expected that the matches of the world Cup 2018 will be held in 12 stadiums in eleven cities of Russia: Moscow (stadiums «Luzhniki «and» Open arena «), St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-don. Tentatively international competition will be held from June 8 to July 8
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