The city of Sochi has carried out an impressive amount of work on its Fisht Arena to ready it for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017, according to Colin Smith, Chief Competitions & Events Officer at FIFA.
The joint delegation of FIFA and Russia-2018 Local Organising Committee officials, tasked with inspecting venue preparation for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, visited Sochi on Wednesday.
"Sochi is a special place. It has mountains on the one side, and the sea on the other,” Smith told Welcome2018.com. "Sochi is remodelling its stadium to adapt it to the needs of football, because Fisht is not normally used for football matches. We are here to additionally find out certain aspects of how the arena is going to operate on match days. Sochi has done a lot of work, but there is still much left to do. Sochi authorities know what else has to be done to make sure the stadium is ready for its first Confederations Cup match.
Nikolai Doluda, Krasnodar Region Deputy Governor, told welcome2018.com that the remodelling of Sochi’s stadium is now complete. "Pre-launch trial will take another two or three days. All that’s left after that is complete are the temporary stalls. There is no evident risk of event disruption. Everything is right on schedule, and I’m sure everything will be done to a high standard," Doluda said.
Fisht Arena, originally built for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, was subsequently remodelled and expanded from 40,000 to 45,000 seats.