Wednesday, May 23, 2018

FIFA delegates evaluate Samara

After visiting Yekaterinburg and five other Russian cities, the FIFA delegation assessing Russia's 13 World Cup candidates cities visited Samara on Friday.

The team of seven delegates visited the city, which would be the recipient of a new 45,000 seat stadium with a swopping asymmetric design on the banks of the Volga river if it's selected. The FIFA delegates also visited a site that would act as the fan zone for the city during the 2018 event, RIA Novosti reports.

The delegates have already visited Yekaterinburg, Rostov, Sochi, Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg and Krasnodar. They will next evaluate Volgograd, Saransk, Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan.

If Samara is selected as one of the host cities, the Russian Premier League team Krylya Sovetov would take over the new stadium following the World Cup.

"I think that Samara will host matches at the World Cup," Nikola Merkushin, the regional governor, said, according to RIA Novosti.

Merkushin said that the biggest challenge of hosting a match would be the improvement of the city's transportation between the airport, railroad station and the city center.

The FIFA delegates will submit their findings to FIFA's executive committee. After evaluating the report, the committee will eliminate at least two cities from the 13 city roster.