Vitaly Mutko: Organizing Committee working on 17-minute concept of World Cup opening ceremony

The opening ceremony will be held at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow
27 October 2015
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The Organizing Committee on the preparation and holding of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will return to discussing the concept of the opening ceremony of the tournament after the elections of the president of the International Football Federation (FIFA), Chairman of the Organizing Committee Vitaly Mutko said at the meeting of the interim committee of the Federation Council on preparation and carrying out the 2918 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

"We are working on the 17-minute concept of the opening ceremony. After the FIFA president is elected [February 26 - welcome2018.com], we will return to the discussion. The opening ceremony will be colorful, it will take place at Luzhniki,” Mutko said.

Import substitution and the 2018 World Cup

Speaking about the financing of preparations for the World Cup, the Russian Sports Minister said that the import substitution allows not going over the budget in difficult financial conditions.

"We had a hard time amid the crisis and the growth of the dollar, but we decided not to go over budget. By various measures, including import substitution, we are doing it," Mutko said.

We had a hard time amid the crisis and the growth of the dollar, but we decided not to go over budget
Chairman of the Organizing Committee “Russia - 2018” Vitaly Mutko

The Minister also said that 330 bln rubles from the Federal Budget will be allocated for the preparation of the World Cup.

"We will spend 330 bln rubles for the preparation of the World Cup,” he said. “Since 2010, we have never gone over the budget. Also, 199 bln rubles will come from extra-budgetary sources, 97 bln rubles - from the budgets of the subjects of the Russian Federation," he added.

Chairman of the Organizing Committee "Russia 2018", Vitaly Mutko said that he is waiting more active promotion of the World Cup from the Russian regions.

"At the moment in preparation for the tournament, I was most concerned about not material things. One of those moments is regional policy. We want to see more active stance on promoting the world championship from the regions. We are waiting for them to be more active," Mutko said.

Matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be held from June 14 to July 15 at 12 stadiums in 11 cities of Russia: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don.