Thursday, September 20, 2018

Yekaterinburg prepares to host two World Cup matches

In an address to the media last week, Sverdlovsk regional Governor Yevgeny Kuyvashev said the region and the city of Yekaterinburg are hard at work preparing to host two matches of the FIFA 2018 World Cup.

"Take the World Cup matches -- it is a serious step," Kuyvahsev said, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta. "Now our whole life, events, activities, programs for the next six years will be associated with the great sports event."

To prepare for the event, Yekaterinburg is installing a large screen in the city's central area of Weiner Street. Throughout the future sites of the World Cup matches, crews are work setting up the broadcast infrastructure to televise the games.

Moreover, Sverdlovsk regional Minister of Physical Culture Leonid Rapoport and his team are already planning and holding live simulations for safety procedures to be used during the games. Rapoport and Central Stadium CEO Vadim Vorobyev have identified clear parameters to meet the requirements for FIFA stadiums.

"First of all, we need to increase the area of the stadium [from 10.7 to 18 hectares]," Vorobyev said, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports. "We need to increase the stadium's capacity from the current 27,000 [seats] to 45,000 seats."

Current plans call for Yekaterinburg's Central stadium to be complete by 2017 at a cost of $3 billion.