Nizhny Novgorod, September, 12 – RIA Novosti. The construction of the pre-match training ground began in Nizhny Novgorod in the runup to the 2018 World Cup, reported the press office of Governor and the Government of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast on Monday.
All in all, three training bases are planned to be constructed for the 2018 World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod – two facilities to build from scratch (near Meshchersky Sports and Recreation Center and Meschera sports school) and Lokomotiv Stadium to renovate. The sports facilities will be available to the participating teams for training before the World Cup matches.
The training ground project near Meshchersky Sports and Recreation Center (on Karl Marx Street) involves the construction of an office building with changing rooms and a press room for 100 people, the construction of a football field, in accordance with all FIFA requirements, as well as fixed stands with a capacity of 500 spectators.
The press office revealed that with ground leveling completed and the training site fenced, work is well underway with the focus being on the building construction pit and football pitch drainage installation.
In follow up of the meeting at the construction site, CEO of the autonomous non-profit organization Planning and Monitoring Center, Sergei Ambarnov noted that “Nizhny Novgorod is taking a responsible approach to preparations for the tournament, all the major works are being carried out in accordance with the approved schedule.”
According to Deputy Governor of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Dmitry Svatkovsky, after the tournament, the training bases will be used for training by sports schools as well as the local football club. He also noted that new training pitches are a big step forwards in the development of football in Nizhny Novgorod.
The first ever World Cup in Russia will be held from June, 14 to July, 15, 2018. Tournament matches will be played in Moscow, Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Yekaterinburg.