Vitaly Mutko: FIFA is confident that Russia will deliver the arenas on time

Welcome2018.com found out how stadiums are being built ahead of 2018 World Cup
30 October 2015
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There will be no more budget cuts on preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, welcome2018.com was told by Russian Minister of Sports Vitaly Mutko, who chairs the Russia-2018 Organizing Committee.

"We’re not going back to infrastructure cost optimization. We’ve passed the point of no return there,” Mutko said. “We’ve optimized the minimum requirements for accommodation, stadium capacity, and training fields. The budget is final, and it’s cut-proof. No more cuts on anything.”  

The total budget for the World Cup’2018 preparation programme is 626 billion 925.9 million rubles.

According to the Russian Minister of Sports, FIFA officials are confident that the arenas for the 2018 World Cup will be completed on time.

Vitaly Mutko, Chairman of Russia-2018 Organizing Committee

FIFA officials aren’t talking construction with us anymore. They know everything will be ready on time.

"We are only discussing the operational end of the arenas with FIFA at this point, such as parking facilities, driveways, security perimeters, and so on,” Mutko said. “World Cup modelling is in progress. FIFA officials aren’t talking construction with us anymore. They know everything will be ready on time."

welcome2018.com has collected all the information available to date on the progress of stadium preparation for World Cup’2018.

Volgograd Arena, Volgograd

Background
The government contract for construction and installation work on the stadium was signed between FGUP “Sport Engineering” and OAO “Stroytransgaz” in November 2014. According to the contract, completion is scheduled in November 2017. So far, the pre-existing stadium has been demolished, and preparatory work is in progress on the site. Old utilities are being removed. Zero-cycle ferroconcrete structures are being erected. Construction has commenced on ferroconcrete structures above zero level. The site employs 766 personnel and 72 units of machinery.

Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaterinburg

Background
FAU “Glavgosekspertiza Rossii” issued its favourable opinions No. 676-15/GGE-9762/05 of 19 June 2015 on the project documentation and sight survey findings for a facility seating 35,000, and No. 998-15/GGE-9762/10 of 24 July 2015 on the accuracy of the estimated construction budget for the facility, which amounts to 12,721 billion rubles in the current prices of 2Q2015.   

Some parts of the city’s Tsentralny Stadium have been dismantled, and some equipment has been removed under a separate contract between GUP SO “Ural-2018” and OAO “Sinara Development.” The new facility will offer 35,000 seats in the audience sections.  

The contract for stadium construction and remodelling, between FGUP “Sport-In” and AO “Sinara Development,” was signed in September 2015. The contract sets 31 December 2017 as the completion deadline.

Kazan Arena, Kazan

Kazan Arena will be getting new grass on its field for the 2018 World Cup, according to Russia-2018 chairman.  

“Rubin will be playing Kazan Arena twice: for the UEFA League and World Cup’2018,” Mutko said. “We’ll be bringing the stadium back to the “bosom of football” after the world aquatics championship. We’ve put down a roll-out lawn for now. We’ll see how it copes. We don’t want the stadium to stand idle.”

"We’ll have the lawn replaced right before World Cup’2018. The new lawn will meet all FIFA requirements,” he added.

Speaking at the October 27 meeting of the Federation Council’s provisional body for the preparation and staging of World Cup’2018, Vitaly Mutko said the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has given the green light for UEFA Cup games at Kazan Arena.  

"We’re re-launching Kazan Arena as a football stadium on 5 November. UEFA experts have given the go-ahead,” Mutko said.

Background

Kazan Arena was built for the 27th World Summer Universiade. FC Rubin and FC Lokomotiv played the 2014 season opening game here for the summer/autumn leg of the Russian championship on 17 August 2014.

Kazan Arena hosted the 2015 World Aquatics Championship between 24 July and 9 August.

The swimming pool bowls and temporary installations were fully removed in September 2015, and restoration of the football field began, to be completed in October 2015. The stadium will be hosting a UEFA League game between FC Rubin and FC Liverpool on 5 November 2015, and a number of games of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.   

Stadium Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad Region authorities signed a new contract for World Cup’2018 stadium design with Crocus International in February. Crocus is the general contractor for both the design and the construction of the new stadium in Kaliningrad. The design contract is worth 523,86 million rubles. The construction will be worth an estimated 18.5 billion.  

The design is currently undergoing a government audit. Kaliningrad expects to hear the results on 5 or 6 November, according to Russia-2018 chairman Vitaly Mutko. "There are no problems with any of the stadiums,” Mutko said. “We’ve discussed the local arena with the Kaliningrad contractor. I hope the stadium design package returns from the audit on 5 or 6 November.”  

The Russia-2018 CEO had previously informed welcome2018.com that the government contract for the construction of the Kaliningrad arena may be sealed at the end of November.

"Kaliningrad’s stadium is the biggest challenge,” Mutko said. “We’ve had to micromanage the design. I expect the government construction contract to be signed at the end of November. We’re on a tight timeline for this stadium, but we’ll manage. We still have time…”  

The Kaliningrad arena, officially named “Stadium Kaliningrad,” will seat 35,000. The number of seats will be reduced to 25,000 post-World Cup’2018, and the arena may get a new name.

Background

The construction, which takes up 140 hectares on an island, is slated for completion in December 2017. The football arena is not the only facility being built on the site. The development will also include social infrastructure facilities, housing and parks.  

The government contract for the general design and detail design of a 35,000-seat stadium was sealed in February 2015. A survey was conducted and government surveyors issued a favourable opinion: No. 1030-15/GGE-9620/05 dated 28 July 2015. In September 2015, the design package and estimated budget for the stadium in Kaliningrad (with a reduced capacity of 35,000 seats) were forwarded for review to FAU “Glavgosekspertiza.”   

A site preparation agreement No. 3-2-5/08 was signed between AO Crocus International and FGUP “Sport-In” on 1 September 2015. The completion deadline is 1 January 2016.

The plan is to complete the detail design in five months following a favourable opinion from government experts. A government contract for the construction of the stadium is expected to be signed in November 2015.  

The construction site employs 88 personnel and 5 units of machinery.

Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Remodelling has been ahead of schedule on the Luzhniki Stadium, according to Vitaly Mutko, Chairman of the Russia-2018 Organizing Committee.

"Remodeling is going full-steam on Luzhniki, and it’s actually ahead of schedule,” Mutko told welcome2018.com. “It is not unlikely that the stadium will be delivered early. We don’t want to repeat the Brazilian experience: today we finish, tomorrow we play. We would like to do some testing and some preparations before the games begin.”  

Background

At this point in the contract for the remodelling of the Luzhniki Stadium, the manufacturing of ferroconcrete assemblies for the stalls is in progress, the solid building carcass is being built, and the façade is being finished. All prelaunch work is expected to be completed in February 2017. The construction employs 1784 personnel and 26 units of machinery.

Spartak Stadium, Moscow

Background

The Spartak Stadium in Moscow was completed in July 2014. The opening ceremony on 5 September 2014 was accompanied by a friendly game between FC Spartak and FC Crvena Zvezda. Russian Cup games have been held on a regular basis at Spartak since March 2015. The stadium will host the games of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.   

Stadium Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhny Novgorod

Background

FGUP “Sport Engineering” and OAO “Stroytransgaz” signed the government contract for construction and installation work on the facility in December 2014. According to the contract, the completion deadline is December 2017. At this point in the project, earthworks and foundation construction are in progress. The construction employs 597 personnel and 60 units of machinery.  

Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don

Background

FGUP “Sport Engineering” and AO Crocus International signed the government contract for construction and installation work on the facility in December 2014. The contractual completion deadline is December 2017. At this point in the project, ferroconcrete structures are being erected above “zero cycle,” floor spans are being installed, and ferroconcrete walls are under construction. The construction employs 1733 personnel and 116 units of machinery.

Samara Arena, Samara

Background

FGUP “Sport Engineering” and OOO “PSO “Kazan” signed the government contract for construction and installation work on the facility in August 2014. The contractual completion deadline is December 2017. At this point in the project, “zero cycle” ferroconcrete structures are up, and ground-floor ferroconcrete structures are under construction. The construction employs 1391 personnel and 52 units of machinery.  

Stadium St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg

The general contractor for the stadium, being built on St. Petersburg’s Krestovsky Island for use during World Cup’2018, has recently begun to install the roofing, according to the press office of Inzhtransstroy-SPb.   

"Roofing work has become possible since the cable-stayed system was completed a few days ago,” Inzhtransstroy-SPb said in its update. “Installation of the roofing on one of the largest roofs in Russia is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2016.”

The area of the stadium’s roof, which is, indeed, one of the largest in Russia, exceeds 70,000 square metres, or about three times the size of Moscow’s Red Square.   

The arena has been under construction at the western end of Krestovsky Island since 2006, fully at the city’s expense. The bottom line of the construction costs totals 34.9 billion rubles. Most of the construction and installation work on the facility is to be finished in May 2016. The stadium will seat 69,000.

Background

The stadium, to be launched in December 2016, will welcome its first matches in the spring of 2017. The following construction and installation work is currently underway: building of the ferroconcrete structures of the stadium and the field (the “basin”), building of the sliding roof, interior finishing, stained glass on the façades, and installation of utilities. More than 80% of all construction and installation has been completed. The construction has employed 2200 personnel and 110 units of machinery. The stadium will be hosting FIFA Confederations Cup games in 2017.   

Mordovia Arena, Saransk

Background

FGUP “Sport Engineering” and OOO “PSO “Kazan” signed the government contract for construction and installation work on the facility in December 2014. The contractual completion deadline is December 2017. At this point in the project, “zero cycle” ferroconcrete structures are up, and ferroconcrete structures above zero line are under construction. The construction employs 1085 personnel and 67 units of machinery.  

Fisht Stadium, Sochi

A draft auditors’ opinion for Sochi’s Fisht arena, reserved for the matches of World Cup’2018, is due by the coming December, according to Russia-2018 Chairman Vitaly Mutko.

“Fisht is already a fully fledged football stadium, but has to be audited once again,” Mutko said. “The report is due by December. It’s important to have another modern arena in southern Russia, in addition to Krasnodar. It’s great to have another football stadium in Sochi.”  

Background

Fisht Arena was built for the 22nd Olympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi, and the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games were staged there. The stadium subsequently became property of the Krasnodar Region. A turn-key remodelling contract for Fisht was signed in October 2014. Remodelling of the stadium proceeds according to an approved construction and installation time-schedule. The completion deadline for all work is June 2016. The construction employs 177 personnel and 20 units of machinery.
The updated design package is due for submission to government auditors in October 2015, and their opinion is expected in November 2015. Fisht will be hosting FIFA Confederations Cup games in 2017.