Yekaterinburg to spend $3 billon on World Cup
The city is the easternmost of the 11 tournament locations. The stadium that will host the matches is set to receive some upgrades, RIA Novosti reports.
The total costs for the entire tournament are expected to reach $19.2 billion, which is nearly double the amount Russia specified in its bid, according to federal Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko.
"The proposals we collated in our application book amount to a sum in the order of 100 million rubles ($3.2 billion)," Rapoport, the minister for fitness, culture and sport for the Sverdlovsk region, said, RIA Novosti reports.
The costs will mostly go toward infrastructure projects, including extending Yekaterinburg's underground rail system and the construction of an office and shopping complex called Strazhi Urala, Rapoport said.
"That's not just funding for the development of sporting infrastructure, it's funding for roads, to build the metro, to realize the Strazhi Urala complex, for environmental, medical, informational issues," Rapoport said, RIA Novosti reports.
It was not stated how much money would go toward Yekaterinburg's Central Stadium. The new stadium opened last year, but will need to increase its capacity from 27,000 to 44,000 to meet FIFA requirements.
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