FIFA: Mordovia Arena construction going at fast pace

Delegation of FIFA and LOC visited Saransk
29 September 2017
Construction of the 2018 FIFA  World Cup Russia™ Saransk Stadium is being conducted at a fast pace. This was announced by the FIFA Director of Competitions Colin Smith.

Currently a joint delegation of FIFA representatives and the Local Organising Committee Russia-2018 is holding the sixth operational visit to inspect the World Cup stadiums. From September 26 to October 5, the delegation will visit the arenas in eight host cities. Among them are Ekaterinburg, Samara, Saransk, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Volgograd, Kaliningrad and Moscow (the Luzhniki Stadium).

"I'm very happy to be back in Saransk again," said Smith, "the World Cup is a great opportunity for Saransk to showcase itself to the whole world. Every time I come to Saransk, I am surrounded only by positive emotions. The city is very neat, clean and presentable. The stadium is being built at a fast pace, and we were informed that the grass will start to sprout quickly, it is very important that the lawn should go up before winter."

At present, the construction crew are assembling profiled sheets - the galvanized base of the roof. Insulation and membrane coating will be laid over the profiled sheet . According to preliminary calculations, the work on the roof will take three months.

The 45-thousandth Mordovia Arena is being built in walking distance from the center of Saransk, in the floodplain of the Insar River, between the Volgograd and Sevastopol streets. Between the stadium and the airport, the station, as well as the hotels shuttle buses will run.

The stadium will be oval, with a high two-story basement. The walls and the roof are made in the form of a single shell of perforated metal panels in solar colors. According to the idea of ​​the creators, its shape and color and the shell of the arena are supposed to symbolize the sun, warmth and hospitality.

Matches of the World Cup 2018 will be held from June 14 to July 15 at 12 stadiums in 11 cities of Russia: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Ekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don. Mordovia Arena will host four meetings of the group stage of the tournament.

After the end of the world championship the stadium will become home for the local football club Mordovia, the capacity of the stands will be reduced to 30 thousand seats.

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