Friday, November 17, 2017

Upgrades to Central Stadium for world cup to cost $30 million

In preparation for the 2018 World Cup, Central Stadium will make upgrades costing up to $30 million.

Yekaterinburg is one of 11 cities hosting matches for the tournament. Instead of building a new stadium from scratch, the city has decided to refurbish Central Stadium in order to accommodate the influx of visitors, RIA Novosti reports.

Contractors are bidding for the project, which would require raising the temporary capacity of the arena from 27,000 seats to 45,000 seats.

Additionally, the bid committee hopes to install a modern circular roof on top of the stadium's sloping yellow roof. The stadium may also need a new frame to support additional stands that will come down after the tournament.

The city will announce the winning contractor on December 3, giving it three years and four months to complete the project, RIA Novosti reports.

Central Stadium was built in 1957. It also hosts the Russian Cup final and under-21 matches for the Russian national team.