Thursday, December 14, 2017

Delegation from FIFA tours Yekaterinburg

A FIFA delegation took part in tour of Yekaterinburg on Monday as part of the city's bid to be a host venue for the 2018 World Cup.

During a two month tour of Western Russia, the delegation will shave down a list of 13 cities to 11 by September. Yekaterinburg was the fifth city to be examined after the committee visited Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don and Krasnodar, RIA Novosti reports.

The delegation is led by Jurgen Muller, FIFA's head of department for the FIFA World Cups for 2014, 2018 and 2022. Muller has listened to presentations by the city officials who are trying to convince the official that their cities should stay on the list.

"We are satisfied with the quality of the discussion," Alexei Sorokin, the head of Russia's bid, said, according to RIA Novosti. "As ever, the conversation is very constructive, we have an exchange of opinions, and clarifications from FIFA."

Yekaterinburg hopes to hold World Cup matches in its Central Stadium, The stadium successfully hosted a Russian Cup final earlier this month between Dynamo Moscow and Rubin Kazan. The stadium currently holds 27,000 fans and will need a major expansion to reach the minimum FIFA World Cup capacity of 40,000.