Chief Moscow architect: Luzhniki to become jewel of city's public spaces

Sergey Kuznetsov talked about the changes in the appearance of the capital in preparation for the 2018 World Cup
28 March 2016
Sergey Bobylev / TASS
Reconstruction of the Luzhniki Arena in preparation for the 2018 World Cu

The appearance of Moscow does not change specifically for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Chief architect of the city Sergei Kuznetsov said. "This is a systematic work, led by the Mayor, and the works carried out for the championship - is only a part of a larger project. Moscow, as one of the host cities, should be prepared for this, and everything, of course, will be ready," he said.

The chief architect of Moscow believes that during the World Cup the city will show how to host out sports event of such a large scale.

I believe our World Cup will be exemplary, despite all the challenges of our time - venues, transport and logistics, security. Moscow will show the whole world how to host large events
Moscow Chief architect Sergey Kuznetsov

The architect also believes that the reconstruction of the Luzhniki stadium, and the adjacent territory in preparation for the 2018 World Cup, will have a positive impact on the area.

Background

Luzhniki stadium reconstruction

The reconstruction of the Luzhniki Arena began in 2014 and is planned for completion ahead of the schedule - by the end of 2016. The Luzhniki stadium will host the main matches of the 2018 World Cup: the opening match, one semi-final match and finals. During the reconstruction, the geometry of the stands will be changed; the number of primary entrances will increase from 13 to 16.

 “After the reconstruction, Luzhniki will be one of the world's top arenas. The adjacent area around it will have a much more quality look and become a gem of urban public space," Kuznetsov said.

Kuznetsov also believes that the capital is not threatened by traffic jams associated with a large number of tourists and fans during the tournament. According to Kuznetsov, and Luzhniki and Spartak stadiums already have transport infrastructure. “With the introduction of the Moscow Ring Railroad station, Luzhniki will become even more accessible to fans, spectators and vacationers," the architect said.

In addition to the Luzhniki stadium, the new CSKA and Dynamo arenas are being constructed in Moscow. "All stadiums are of a good quality, we cannot say that one is worse, and the other is better. We cannot to compare them with each other, they are very different," he said.