Construction works of the Samara stadium for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia are on schedule, there are no questions on the progress, according to CEO of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Local Organizing Committee “Russia-2018” Alexey Sorokin. On Friday, April 8, joint delegation of the FIFA and the Local Organizing Committee "Russia-2018" visited Samara in the third operating visit to the host city of the 2018 World Cup.
"Samara is a very important region for us,” Sorokin said. “The city will not only host the group stage matches, but also and 1/8 and 1/4 finals, so the requirements were high in the first place. Today we presented the concept of the World Cup organization in the city. We visited the stadium to see that the work is in full swing, goes according to the schedule. There are no questions on the progress," he added.
Sorokin noted that there are still questions to the organization of the road infrastructure. "Many cities have issues with the road network, road infrastructure. However, almost every city has a program for the road network modernization. Today, we have touched upon these issues. We believed that there are funds for these purposes in the regional and city budgets, so now we do not evaluate the current state, but the way it is going to look during the World Cup,” Sorokin said.
Installation of the dome begins at the Samara Stadium for the 2018 World Cup. Photo Gallery
Sports Minister of the Samara region Dmitry Shlyakhtin told journalists earlier, that every effort was made to show the work done to the commission. “Now our task is to determine the future strategy and weaknesses. Alexey Sorokin and Nikolai Merkushkin (Governor of the Samara region - Welcome2018) have just held a meeting that lasted about an hour. They discussed all the issues, weaknesses that need to be addressed in the shortest possible time. The presentation went well, without any issues," he said.
The Samara Stadium is 40% ready, according to Sergey Ponomarev, Deputy Director General of the developer of the stadium "Kazan".
"The stadium is 40% ready. Currently it is impossible to estimate it more precisely, because of the further possible optimization solutions,” he said. “Today the base slab of the stadium was finished. Monolithic structures above zero - marks starting at 8 meters - are being installed. That is, all stands and floor structures were involved in the process. In addition, we started assembling steel structures of the dome. We partially do work on various networks. Once the documentation is available from the Directorate-General for State Environmental Review, we will intensify the works. Facilities are being built in sectors A and D,” he added.
2018 World Cup Stadium in Samara
Construction of the Samara Stadium in preparation for the 2018 World Cup began in 2014. The forecast date of completion - December 15, 2017. The initial cost of the project amounted to 13.6 billion rubles. Now, according to Sports Minister of the Samara region Dmitry Shlyakhtin, the cost of the stadium construction is estimated at 17 billion rubles.
Designed for 45,000 seats, the stadium is located at the approaches to Samara, near the main highways leading towards the airport and Togliatti. The architectural design of the stadium reflects Samara as the city of aviation and space technology.