FIFA sees no problems in World Cup stadiums put into commission behind schedule

FIFA has arrived to Russia to conduct an operational visit to assess World Cup stadium preparations
07 September 2015
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Dmitry Godunov (left), Operations Director of the Local Organising Committee, and Chris Unger, Head of FIFA World Cup Office (center), during the visit to Otkrytie Arena

FIFA sees no problem with 2018 World Cup stadiums being put into commission later than initially planned. Chris Unger, Head of FIFA World Cup Office, said: “Generally we require arenas to be ready one year before the event. But even if it’s December 2017, there will still be plenty of time.”

Organisers of the 2018 Wold Cup also plan on expanding the press area at the Moscow Otrkytie Arena. Chris Unger noted: “We won’t adapt the press area for the Confederations Cup, but some work needs to be done before the World Cup. We will adapt, not build. It partly concerns media work, as there will be more media representatives at the World Cup games, then at regular matches.”

FIFA delegation, along with the Local Organising Committee, are conducting the second operational visit of 2018 World Cup stadiums. The team has already visited stadiums in Saint Petersburg, Kazan,Sochi and the Moscow Luzhniki arena. The delegation is comprised of over 80 experts of the FIFA World Cup Russia Local Organising Committee responsible for 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 main objective of the visit was not to evaluate the status of arena construction, but to discuss operation of stadiums during the events.