Sunday, July 15, 2018

FIFA impressed by St. Petersburg World Cup commitment

A FIFA representative praised the commitment St. Petersburg has made as one of the potential host cities for the 2018 World Cup.

St. Petersburg is the first location visited by Jurgen Muller and the rest of the inspection commission as part of Russia's bid to host the international football championships. Other cities the delegation will visit include Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Yaroslavl and Moscow, Voice of Russia reports.

St. Petersburg is the potential host city for the semi-finals of the cup, in addition to the ceremony of the group stage draw, which is the tournament's first official event. The inspectors observed the city's new 69,000 seat stadium that is designed to look like a spaceship, has a removable pitch and includes a retractable roof. The commission has been assured that construction of the stadium will be completed on time.

One of the last things left to be decided in St. Petersburg is where the fan zone will be located. The fan zone includes jumbo screens to broadcast matches and a stage. A plausible option is Palace Square, located next to the Hermitage museum in the heart of the city.

The delegation will attempt to get a first-hand glance at all proposed World Cup venues, training grounds, team bases and the infrastructure of the cities. The final decision will be made in September. The delegation will visit Yekaterinburg in May.