Construction of the Samara Arena for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is on schedule, deputy chief engineer of the project developer “Kazan” Ramzil Vildanov told welcome2018.com.
“146,000 cubic meters of concrete out of 230,000 are already filled – this is the foundation of the stadium, walls, columns stands,” Vildanov said. “We started working on the interior of the stadium 3 months ahead of time. The results of this work are especially noticeable in the sector, which will house the locker room for the teams. After about a month we will begin to lift the dome. A 600-tonne crane has arrived in Samara for this. The dome assembly will be carried out throughout the year,” he added.
Currently on the outer perimeter of the stadium 36 special constructions are being installed - cantilever truss, which will hold the basic elements of the dome. More than 12,000 tonnes of metal in total will be delivered in Samara for the construction of the stadium. Russian materials are used in the construction - cement from Mordovia, granite from the Urals, steel constructions from Kurgan.
According to the developer company, construction works on the Samara Arena are 40% done. The arena is expected to be ready by the end of 2017.
After the tournament, the stadium will be extensively used for sports competitions at various levels, as well as cultural, entertainment and recreational activities. In addition, the stadium will be the base arena of the professional football club Krylia Sovetov.
In 2018 the stadium in Samara will host four games of the group stage, a 1/8 match and a quarterfinal of the World Cup, including one of the matches of the Russian national team.
At the end of the tournament arena will be used extensively for sports competitions at various levels, and for cultural and entertainment and recreational activities. In addition, the stadium will be the home arena of professional football club "Wings of the Soviets"