Construction of the foundation for the Nizhny Novgorod stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia was completed a month ahead of schedule. The governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region Valery Shantsev announced the news.
"Everything is going ahead of the schedule, cranes are mounted, and more than 500 people are working on the facility. In the near future, that number will increase to 800, because of the new fronts of work,” Shantsev said. “We think that the construction of the first floor will be finished ahead of the schedule – by about 1.5 months: somewhere by January 15 all the columns of the first floor will be ready. Then we will start "dressing" the beams, floors, wall panels and mount the next floor. The installation of structures for the second floor is already in progress. The half of 800 columns on the ground floor was already filled," he added.
According to the Head of the region, the construction of the stadium and other objects of sport and tourist infrastructure will help increasing tourist traffic in the Nizhny Novgorod region. "I am delighted that the FIFA has agreed with our proposal to name the stadium “Nizhny Novgorod”, because now the name of our city will be heard around the world,” the governor said. “This is very important because it will raise awareness of our city, will increase the flow of tourists to our region,” he added.
Shantsev said that currently the Nizhny Novgorod region annually attracts about 1 million visitors. It is planned to increase the number of tourists to 3 million per year by 2020. "Hosting the World Cup, constructing the stadium that will host the matches, which will be seen by about 4 billion viewers, is a great help for the development of tourism. At the same time it is necessary to improve tourism infrastructure: hotels, roads, and buildings; arrange historical, cultural, architectural monuments,” the governor added.
Tourism stimulates regional development
According to experts, the growth of tourist traffic stimulates economic development of the regions. "Tourism, first of all, is the economy; some countries live exclusively on tourism, which allows increasing the business profitability,” Director of the Natural Park “Voskresenskoe Povetluzhe” Alexey Groza said. “According to statistics, every tourist produces about 6-7 jobs. Such multiplier effect enables stable and sustainable economic development. We understand that tourism in the future will only grow and grow," he added.
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
The Nizhny Novgorod arena will seat 45,000 viewers. The stadium construction began in early March 2015; the facility is scheduled for commissioning in November 2017.
The stadium will be located in the Strelki district - the junction of Volga and Oka rivers. The area is easily visible from Nizhny Novgorod city center and is directly adjacent to the area of the historical building - the famous Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.
The territory is planned to be turned into a recreational area for city residents and visitors. The stadium will be connected with the themes of water and wind - features of the Volga region nature.
The design of the facility took into account that fact that the stadium will serve the city for not only hosting football matches, but also a variety of cultural events. After the end of the World Cup in 2018, the stadium will become a home base for the FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod.