FIFA satisfied with World Cup 2018 stadium preparedness

Joint delegation of FIFA and Russia-2018 LOC concluded its second operational visit to Russia
10 September 2015
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FIFA and Russia-2018 LOC at the Otkrytie Arena stadium during the operational visit

FIFA was left satisfied with the preparation process of the stadiums for the World Cup 2018.

Colin Smith, Director Competitions at FIFA, said: “Such visits improve cooperation among FIFA, the Local Organising Committee and stadium representatives. We are very pleased with the progress and we eagerly await when remaining shortcomings are addressed”.

The FIFA and Russia-2018 LOC joint delegation has conducted its second operational visit in early September to assess the status of stadiums, their construction progress and their operaion during World Cup 2018. The delegation was comprised of over 80 experts of the FIFA World Cup Russia Local Organising Committee and was supposed to assess stadium design, event organisation, security, transport, logistics, hospitality services, television, media facilities, medical services, HR, marketing and ticketing programmes. Representatives of federal ministries and offices were also on the team.

The delegation visited stadiums which will host the 2017 Confederations Cup, located in Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi and Moscow. A virtual tour allowed members to inspect other World Cup 2018 arenas (located in Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saransk and Volgograd) from Moscow.