Saturday, July 22, 2017

Central Stadium almost prepared for new football season

Yekaterinburg's Central Stadium is almost completely prepared for the 2012-2013 Football National League season after improvements were made to the quality of the football pitch.

Footballers from Ural's club team started testing the pitch during a Sunday outdoor practice session at the stadium. Keeping the quality of the pitch high was the toughest challenge for the stadium, Ural Business Consulting reports.

"Throughout the entire month, our experts kept working on the lawn, added some mineral fertilizers, (sowed) new seeds, and watered and mowed the grass regularly," Vadim Vorobyev, the stadium's director-general, said, according to Ural Business Consulting. "What is more, new turf was laid onto some parts of the pitch, with problem spots replaced with new sections. Thanks to all these jobs, our lawn is now in the pink of condition and is fully prepared for the new season."

The city of Yekaterinburg is being considered as one of the host cities for matches during the World Cup in 2018. A delegation from FIFA toured the city in May, including a tour of Central Stadium. The stadium currently holds approximately 27,000 fans and would need to be expanded dramatically to reach FIFA's minimum World Cup capacity of 40,000 fans. In May, the stadium hosted a Russian Cup final successfully between Rubin Kazan and Dynamo Moscow, RIA Novosti reports.