Vasily Galushkin, vice governor of the Volgograd region, said they expected that two to two and a half million tourists will visit in 2018 as a result of the World Cup.
“Of course, there will be a natural decline after the tournament, to about 900,000. However, it’s still thrice the current annual amount. There is a state tourism development programme, which allocated 6.5 billion rubles.”
The World Cup games played in Volgograd will be hosted by the Victory Arena Stadium. It’s currently under construction and located where the now-demolished Central Stadium used to be – between Mamayev Kurgan and the right bank of Volga River. It will have a capacity of 45,000 people and is expected to open in November 2017.