Rostov-on-Don installs a 2018 World Cup countdown clock

Some 640 days are left until the championship
12 September 2016
The FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia™ countdown clock was launched at an official ceremony during Rostov-on-Don City Day.

The ceremony was attended by Rostov-on-Don’s Minister of Physical Education and Sports Samvel Arakelyan and the ambassador of the host city and Olympic champion in Greco-Roman wrestling Varteres Samurgashev.

The clock with Rostov-on-Don’s symbol was installed at the entrance to the central city parked named after Maxim Gorky. In addition to the digital clock with a calendar and a dial in the form of judicial tablets, the city’s new landmark is equipped with a Wi-Fi router and a built-in camera, both of which are available for use to anyone. Fans can take an original photo with the 2018 World Cup symbols and then email it to themselves. All of the photos will be combined into a single collage which will be shown on an interactive screen. .

"I hope that the countdown clock will become not just a football symbol, but a symbol of the whole sports movement in Russia. I want everyone to feel exhilaration thinking about the upcoming championship, to think about connecting their lives with sports, at least with amateur sports," Samvel Arakelyan said.

The first 2018 World Cup countdown clock was launched in Moscow last year and in June 2016 - in Saint Petersburg. In the next two years these clocks will be installed in airports and significant places of all 11 World Cup and Confederations Cup host cities.