Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sverdlovsk to begin cost assessment of relocating Central Stadium in March

The Sverdlovsk region's administration announced recently it will begin assessing the cost of moving the historic walls of the Central Stadium in March.

The move would be part of an effort to prepare the region for the 2018 World Cup. The transfer of the walls will be discussed at a meeting of the public council for the reconstruction of the arena, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

At a previous meeting, regional Governor Evgeny Kuyvashev instructed experts to determine the possibility of transferring the stadium walls.

Two ways of moving them were suggested, the first of which would be to cut away the walls, transport them and then assemble them at a new site. The second method would be to slash the annular array wall, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta.

Specialized railway tracks would be constructed to move the foundation. Both options would, according to authorities, retain the building's historical and cultural value.