Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Kaliningrad holding design competition for World Cup stadium

Kaliningrad has announced a $29 million design contest to plan the city's arena for the 2018 World Cup.

Originally, the local government was going to design the project in-house on an $11 million budget, but after discovering that the federal sports ministry would cover approximately 70 percent of the costs, they chose to invest more in the creation of the arena, RIA Novosti reports.

"When we made it into the list of hosts for the World Cup, the financial conditions changed along with that," Pavel Pogrebnyakov, the regional governor's World Cup advisor, said, according to RIA Novosti. "We found out that the Sports Ministry would add financing and that the money for projecting will be shared out in different proportions. On Tuesday, we opened a competition again for the stadium project and the area around it."

The winning bidder will have a year and four months to turn in a design, which is far less time than that given by fellow World Cup 2018 host city Nizhny Novgorod, which is allowing three years and three months for the design of its $30 million facility.

The stadium will need to seat 45,000 people for the World Cup. Seating will be reduced down to 25,000 after the tournament. The area surrounding the arena will also be home to offices, shops and conference centers after the game, according to RIA Novosti.

The city is also bidding to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, citing the new arena as one of its key resources in the bid.