FIFA: new in St. Petersburg stadium to ready for 2017 Confederations Cup matches

Joint delegation of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and the Organizing Committee "Russia-2018" visited St. Petersburg during the third operating visit to Russia
Share 05 April 2016
Alexander Demyanchuk / TASS
CEO of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Local Organizing Committee “Russia-2018” Alexey Sorokin (left), FIFA Director of Competitions Division Colin Smith (right) inspecting the stadium under construction on Krestovsky Island as part of the inspection visit

The St. Petersburg stadium, which is currently under construction on Krestovsky Island will be ready to host matches of the 2017 Confederations Cup, FIFA Director of Competitions Division Colin Smith told journalists.

On Monday and Tuesday, joint delegation of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and the Organizing Committee "Russia-2018" visited St. Petersburg during the third operating visit to Russia.

"A huge amount of work is done, we have seen progress,” Smith said. “It will be one of the best stadiums. We are confident that it will be ready for the 2017 Confederations Cup. We are satisfied with the guarantees of the local government on the traffic issue. This is another goal of the visit – to agree on our security requirements with the local authorities," he added.

Stadium project remains unchanged

There will be no changes in the stadium project, Smith said. "Changing the stadium project are out of the question. We are just checking what we saw on paper before,” he said.

CEO of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Local Organizing Committee “Russia-2018” Alexey Sorokin said that there were no changes in the stadium project since the review of the FIFA requirements. "The FIFA made concessions and gave us the Association’s requirement slightly ahead of the schedule. After that, there were no changes. Everything has been agreed,” he said.

Sorokin noted that the stadium safety measures were also set. "This is not a problem. It is just not the easiest place to access – there are a few bridges. However, we agreed on security arrangements at the approaches to the stadium," he said.

State of stadium readiness

According to the press release of the St. Petersburg Construction Committee, metal constructions for withdrawable stadium field are ready.

The stadium on Krestovsky Island is 84% ready. The most complex construction and installation works are finished. As of March 31, the final block of the sliding roofing has been raised to the stadium’s roof. Now all 12 blocks of the sliding roofing, weighing more than 2 tonnes are mounted.

In the coming days the site will be gradually cleaned up from the assembly and construction equipment – 600-tonnes and 750-tonnes cranes will be removed by mid-April. In the beginning of May, almost 2,000 concrete airfield slabs for cranes will be completely dismantled. After that, active work on concrete casting base for the field foundation will begin.

Assembly of joints at the on the southern half of the roof will be finished on April 12, the northern part will be ready by April 18. Painting roof and pylons will be finished in June. The works on the sliding roofing will be completed in August 2016.

The list of work performed at the site includes: works for metal fixed roof made (ready), concrete works (99% ready), covering fixed roof (50%), metal constructions for withdrawable stadium field (ready), facade systems (84%), stained glass (93%), elevators and escalators (90%), power supply system (72%), heat supply system (75%), water supply and wastewater disposal  systems (90%), sprinkler systems (90%), air conditioning and cooling systems (63%), low current systems (76%), civil engineering constructive works (79%), general utilities (64%), engineering systems fot withdrawable field (50%).

Currently the stadium territory is being landscaped; pavilions for fans’ access area along the small ring road are under construction.

2018 World Cup Stadium on Krestovsky Island

The stadium was first out into construction in the western part of Krestovsky Island in 2007. The project was adjusted three times - in 2008, 2010 and 2013. Every time the cost of the arena increased - from originally estimated 6.7 billion to 43.8 billion rubles – this sum was talked about at the penultimate examination. However, the Russian Accounts Chamber demanded to reduce the estimate to 35 billion rubles by abandoning non-core areas. Thus, the total construction cost was estimated at 34.9 billion rubles.

Third operating FIFA visit

During the visit the delegation will visit stadiums in six host cities of the 2018 World Cup - St. Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Volgograd, Samara, Ekaterinburg and Sochi. In Sochi, the delegation will see the design progress and possibility of future use of other arenas of the World Cup (in Kazan, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Rostov-on-Don, Saransk) with the help of a virtual tour and presentations.

The main purpose of the visit is not to assess the construction status of the arenas, but to discuss the stadiums operating during the World Cup.