Kazan is One of Cheapest Cities to Host World Cup 2018


The capital of Tatarstan entered the top five most budget-friendly cities in Russia that will host the World Cup football matches next year in terms of accommodation rental, reported in their study published on Monday.

The accommodation service created a top list based on accommodation rental affordability in host cities of the World Cup 2018. Kazan ranked fifth: the average daily rent in the city is 2,615 RUR per day. The capital of Tatarstan lost to Saransk (1,540 RUR/day), Volgograd (1,718 RUR/day), Rostov-on-Don (1,954 RUR/ day) and Yekaterinburg (2,396 RUR/day).

The citiies with the least affordable rent are Kaliningrad (2,927 RUR /day), Moscow (3,459 RUR/day) and Nizhny Novgorod (3,711 RUR/day).

Homeowners and hoteliers expect a rise in the cost of renting by 50-100% during the World Cup matches, and the cheapest accommodation will be provided by hostels and apartments for 1-2 thousand rubles per person per day, the study has found.

Installation of Nizhny Novgorod Stadium Roof Complete

Photo by: Stroytransgaz

Stroytransgaz, the general contractor for the stadium, has completed the installation of the roof of the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Specialists have installed a 54 705 m2 roofing structure over the spectator stands and the lobby area. According to the project, the football pitch will remain open. The roof is made up of white, dark blue and light blue polycarbonate panels arranged chequerwise.

“The roof has been designed taking into consideration the region’s weather, offers high strength and can withstand heavy wind and snow loads,” said Project Manager Sergei Pichushkin. “Rainwater flows into the catch trays and is redirected into the storm sewer system. The catch trays and drainpipes are equipped with a heating system to prevent ice formation and help snow melt faster.”

Meanwhile, other kinds of work are being carried out at the stadium. Structural elements are being installed on 44 round columns to mount the facade assembled from windproof membrane panels. General improvements, asphalt paving and the landscaping of the area around the stadium is well underway, finishing works are being done, the installation of engineering networks and equipment for stadium maintenance is in progress. Specialists are carrying out a wide range of maintenance services on the pitch where goal posts sized 7.32×2.44 m have already been installed. The stadium has over 38,000 seats installed at its stands.

“Rostov Arena” on the Southern Bank of the Don River is 70% Complete


The construction of “Rostov Arena,” which will be one of the venues for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, is 70% complete, as the Minister of Construction, Architecture and Territorial Development of the Rostov oblast Nikolay Bezuglov reports.

As of now, the concrete slab making the lower layer of the football pitch is finished. The monolithic slab is 83% complete. Drainage system will be formed later to allow storm and melt water disposal. At the end, “Rostov Arena” will get a natural grass playing surface, according to the website of the Government of Rostov oblast.

As seen on the construction site, brick laying for the dividing walls is 90% complete, while the outer walls and partitions are 85% done. 73% of stand frames have been installed. Plastering and electrical fitting work as well as installation of heating, drain and ventilation systems are in progress. Elevator and door installation has started.

The roof framing has been assembled with arc metal works. The roof is being covered with polymer coating. The planned gross roof area is 49.5 thousand m2, 4.4 thousand m2 of which are finished by now. An awning polymer membrane structure has been installed in the corner roof sections of the future stadium.

Currently, the media façade installation is in progress, 19.3 thousand m2 are left. The monolithic framing of the future ticket office is 83% complete. “Rostov Arena” stadium will also feature beautiful grounds and a nice fence. The deadline for construction works is set to December 25, 2017.

Interactive Map Installed at Yekaterinburg Airport to Assist Blind Travelers

Photo: Press Service, Koltsovo Airport

The interactive audio-tactile map of Yekaterinburg has been installed at Koltsovo International Airport in the runup to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and the First International Congress for Persons with Disabilities
that will be held in Yekaterinburg in 1917, said Oleg Kolpatschikov, chairmain of the autonomous nonprofit organization “White Cane” pursuing to encourage social and commercial activity of people with disabilities.

“We are gearing up for the FIFA World Cup as well as the International Congress for Persons with Disabilities that will be held in Yekaterinburg in September 2017. The map is covered with a tactile layer representing major streets, water bodies, rivers which feel different by touch. While you are touching the map, all object names are provided by the map narrator in Russian or English,” he said.

Earlier, the interactive classroom board was installed at Sverdlovsk regional medical college where students from across Russia study.

The press office of the airport explained that the map is an additional feature for the existing infrastructure for people with disabilities: “There’s a special group in Koltsovo available to assist mobility impaired passengers. Our agents assist them in going through all formalities with maximum speed and comfort – they meet clients arriving at the airport and escort them until they board the aircraft, and they provide assistance from the time of disembarkation from the aircraft, too. Also, there’s a special lounge hall for passengers with reduced mobility; for boarding and disembarking from the aircraft, a modern ambulift is provided.”

According to the press office, the support staff for mobility impaired travelers serves over 3,000 passengers annually.

The idea of an international congress was suggested and approved during the European Congress for Persons with Disabilities that took place in Belgium last year. The forum will run in Yekaterinbug on 7th – 10th September, 2017. The agenda of the congress is “Making values visible”. The program will feature lectures, workshops, sightseeing tours and panel talks. The congress expects over 1,000 visitors from different countries. There will also be a trade fair for technical rehabilitation tools and social rehabilitation technologies.

Koltsovo International Airport is one of the largest regional air transport hubs in Russia in terms of passenger traffic and is a member of Airports of Regions Group.

Passengers can choose from a broad route network with 120 destinations and are served by more than 50 Russian and international air carriers. In 2015, the airport handled 4,2 million tourists.

New Ropeway will Connect Sparrow Hills and “Luzhniki”


Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory) view point is said to offer the best panoramic views of Moscow. Surprisingly, despite being so popular, the place is pretty hard to reach. A car is not the best option due to few parking spots on the top of the hill. If you prefer subway, you will still have to walk for some time from the “Sparrow Hills” metro station. City bus would be the remaining means of transfer. This is why Moscow architects have come up with a new idea – a ropeway.

The Best Attraction of Moscow Summer 2018

By the summer 2018 a new ropeway will appear above the Moscow river and connect the view point with the “Luzhniki” sports complex, which will be hosting WC games at this time.

The length of the ropeway will be 698 meters, while its capacity will be about 1.6 thousand people an hour.There will be three stops including the intermediary one on right bank of the Moscow river.

Interestingly, the fittings will be manufactured and supplied by BARTHOLET, the leading international company in the fields of aerial cableway systems and amusement park facilities, while the exterior will be handled by Porsche Design, one of the leading companies in industrial design.

The ropeway will be equipped with 35 closed cabins fitting 8 people each and 10 open ones – for 4 people each. Besides its transport and tourist roles, the Moscow ropeway will also be used for sports purposes: in winter, sportsmen will use it to get to the mountain ski jump hill, which will be revamped in accordance with the latest FIS requirements for ski jump profiles. By 2017 the ski jump hill should become one of the most cutting-edge ski jumps in the world, perfectly suitable for holding top-class Russian and international championships.

Sport Available for Everyone

The sports school of Olympic Reserve on the Sparrow Hills will be modernized as well. During its 15-year-old history, its graduates became winners of the biggest international and Russian championships. Among them there are the figure skaters Maria Butyrskaya, Maksim Trankov, Tatyana Volosozhar and Adelina Sotnikova, the skiers Julia Chepalova and Natalia Medvedeva, as well as other outstanding biathlonists, freestylers, ice-skaters and skeleton racers. Now the school is preparing 280 young sportsmen, who will strive for Olympic glory.

Reconstruction will concern the public sector too: citizens will enjoy unique sporting facilities on the Sparrow Hills, such as walking lanes with “flying” steps, a scout school, a rock-climbing wall, a swimming pool, a number of sports schools, speed skating and toboggan roads, as well as a healthy lifestyle center and a petting zoo. Once the reconstruction is over, an all-year-round sports and active recreation center will be launched here.

Connecting Sparrow Hills and “Luzhniki” sports complex with a ropeway will create a huge sports and recreation space, which is sure to become the main center for sports available to professionals and public alike.

To Moscow Stadiums by River


WC 2018 guests will be able to reach sports venues in Moscow by river, announced Vladimir Chernikov, the head of the Department for Multicultural Policy, Interregional Cooperation and Tourism of Moscow: “Luzhniki will be one of the centers of mass interest during the World Cup games. “Otkritie Arena” stadium is also located on the river. We are going to connect football river routes. I am sure there will be special routes for the fans.”

According to Chernikov, about 2 million tourists are expected to come to Moscow. “Luzhniki” will host four games of the WC group stage, as well as the opening match, Final 16, semi-final and final games. Mounting work has been finished there. “Otkritie Arena” will host other WC matches, but first – the Confederation Cup games. The stadium will be called “Spartak” during the FIFA games.

FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, visited both the stadiums and was quite satisfied. Russian News Agency TASS quotes his words: “I can see the progress, which has been made in the preparation for the WC. During two days I visited “Luzhniki” and “Spartak” arena, as well as the Federation Council.” He made it a point that on the field like that of “Otkritie Arena” stadium, “it is simply impossible to play badly.”

“It will be the best World Championship of all. I firmly believe in that. As I already mentioned, what I have seen here fills me with optimism,” he concluded.

The Biggest in Europe View Point on “Luzhniki” Roof


In the summer of the next year tours will resume on the territory of the “Luzhniki” sports complex. According to the official portal of the Moscow Mayor and Moscow Government, a new roof route will be offered to tourists.

“The choice of tours will be considerably extended. Certain programs will be devoted to the history of sports and Stalinist Classicism architecture. Besides, tourists will be able to learn a lot about the legendary Russian sportsmen with the help of educational quest-games. Extreme lovers will get a chance to explore the roof of the stadium,” reports the press office of the “Luzhniki”.

On the roof of the Large Sports Arena, the guests will enjoy magnificent views of Moscow. They will be able to observe the city center, Novodevichy Convent, Moscow City skyscrapers as well as Lomonosov Moscow State University, while a guide will accompany them on their way through the roof. A unique fall arrest system will ensure the security of all participants. The system is based on the professional fall protection principles, which have been adjusted to tourist needs.

Thrill-seekers will be offered an opportunity to descend to the Luzhnetskaya embankment via a zip-line system – a steel rope with special blocks secured by lobster clasps. The length of the rope is 170 meters. On the other end of the rope assistants will help the guests to undo the fasteners.

The reconstruction of the Big Sports Arena “Luzhniki” started in 2014. The project presupposes increasing the stadium capacity to 81 thousand seats. In 2018 the stadium will host the opening match, as well as one of the semi-finals and the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The new color of the stands – wine red sprinkled with gold – was selected in the result of an electronic voting in the “Active citizen” system, in which 137 thousand Moscow residents took part.

The “Luzhniki” playing ground will correspond to all modern requirements and FIFA technical recommendations. Under the stands there will be two training halls, dressing rooms for the sportsmen, office rooms, restaurants, guest service areas and lavatories.

2018 World Cup Stadiums: “Otkritie Arena” in Moscow


The ”Otkritie Arena” stadium in Moscow is the only FIFA World Cup stadium, which has been financed by a private person. Leonid Fedun became the owner of the “Spartak” club in 2003, after which there appeared rumors that a new stadium was to be built for one of the most popular football teams in Russia. As the construction was in full swing and the outlines could be discerned, the stadium got its name – “Otkritie Arena,” in honor of one of the project investors, the “Otkritie” bank.

The stadium is located at the Tushino airfield, which is a picturesque place in the North of Moscow, known for mass open air events taking place on its grounds. However, FIFA 2018 fans may not worry about the long distance travel to the stadium from the Moscow City as public transportation will be available for use.

It is hard to overestimate the importance of the new sport complex for Russian football fans, and not only for the “Spartak” ones. The club has never had its own premises, and now, after the decades of its fine career, the “red-whites” get a cutting-edge sporting venue. Having taken the best from the recent developments and having implemented innovative trends, the stadium is considered to be one of the most up-to-date ones in the world. The construction costs are estimated at about 15 billion dollars.

In compliance with the requirements for World Cup stadiums, the arena fits 45 000 fans. The great opening took place on September 5th, 2014. “Otkritie Arena” became the first completed FIFA 2018 venue. Starting from the 2014-15 season, the stadium has been hosting the Russian Cup home games and the European Cup matches, and will continue to do so after the FIFA 2018 games are over.

“Spartak” Metro Station

The erection of “Otkritie Arena” has also played an important social role for the area. Now, Tushino features another underground station – “Spartak,” the construction of which has been resumed after decades of stagnation and is definitely to enhance the area infrastructure as well as its recreation potential.

How Much will FIFA 2018 Tickets Cost?


Fifa 2018 organizing committee announced the cost of tickets to the FIFA Confederations Cup and World Cup matches. The host country citizens will fit into a lower price ticket category: they will be able to order the special 4th category tickets to the FIFA Confederation Cup matches at the price starting from 960 rubles. Not less than 100 000 tickets of the 4th category will be for sale. As for the FIFA World Cup tickets for the matches taking place in Ekaterinburg, there will be 350 000 of those available for Russian citizens at the price starting from 1280 rubles.

Other category tickets will be sold for minimum 105 USA dollars. The FIFA general secretary Fatma Samura remarked on the point: “Our goal was to set fair prices to make the tickets available to as many people as possible. This is why we did a though market research and set the prices accordingly. Judging by the already accepted teams, there is going to be a great football festival in Russia.”

The FIFA WC tickets will be available for sale only after the Conferederation Cup games are over.

Team Base Camp Constructed for 2018 FIFA World Cup near Nizhny Novgorod

Valery Shantsev
© Oleg Zoloto /TASS

MOSCOW, November, 22. /TASS/. The construction of the team base camp for teams participating in the 2018 FIFA World Cup has been completed in the city of Bor (satellite city of Nizhny Novgorod), and the authorities have submitted the documents to the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) to register it, Governor of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Valery Shantsev told the reporters.

“The team base camp has been constructed, and we have already sent the documents to FIFA to register it”, said Head of the region. He added that such a sports facility is “a rare one to find in other regions”. Он отметил, что такой спортивный объект “еще поискать в других регионах”. There’s a hotel there, a dining area, a lounge area, all in one place, backed up by state-of-the-art technologies,” he said.

Two team base camps, including hotels, are supposed to be erected in Nizhny Novgorod Oblast for the FIFA 2018 World Cup – in Bor (brand-new construction) and in Dzerzhinsk – the Khimik stadium with the adjacent hotel currently under renovation. Also, two pre-match training grounds are being built from scratch near the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium – stadium to host world tournament’s matches; there’s another training ground located on the Lokomotiv stadium which is currently undergoing renovation. All ground pitches will be heated and illuminated, with office blocks and stands with a minimum capacity for 500 people.

2018 World Cup matches will be held from June, 14 through July, 15 at 12 stadiums in 11 cities of Russia: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don. Nizhny Novgorod will be host six matches: four matches of the group stage, an eighth-final match, and a quarterfinal match.