Marat Khusnullin: Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium to be completed by 2016 year-end

The 2018 World Cup main arena is going into testing in 2017
30 June 2016

Construction will be completed on the greater Luzhniki sports arena before the year is out, deputy mayor of Moscow for metropolitan development policy and construction Marat Khusnullin told the Moscow Urban Forum 2016 earlier today.

"We’re getting ready for the 2018 World Cup at a very good pace,” Khusnullin said. “We’re ahead of schedule on Luzhniki. We’re about to start working on the pitch. Luzhniki will be completed by the end of 2016, and we’ll be testing the stadium all year in 2017. We have no doubts regarding the greater Luzhniki.”

The stadium’s capacity will increase from 78,000 to 81,000 after the remodelling. The arena’s stalls will get a whole new geometry, bringing them closer to the football field. The new stadium will have 23 exits instead of 13 before.