A new athletics cluster, complete with a stadium, a track and field facility and a basketball centre, will be created in Volgograd in the wake of World Cup 2018; the total area of the cluster is expected to be in the range of 100 hectares. Vasily Galushkin, deputy governor of the Volgograd region, noted: “After 2018 a real athletic cluster will be located almost at the very center of the city.”
Galushkin added that the cost of upkeep of the Victory Arena will be in the range of 18 million rubles per month. After hosting the World Cup 2018 games it will become the home field of the FC Rotor-Volgograd.
“We need to develop a programme for effective use of the arena. The seating capacity will be probably reduced to 35,000. Currently, while it’s still under construction, we’re looking into creating an athletic track on the stadium, to make it suitable for track and field athletes. It will also be used [for concerts] and other grand events – otherwise we won’t cover expenses on its upkeep,” said the deputy governor.
Victory Arena with the preliminary stated capacity of 45,000 people, is being built in the stead of the demolished Central Stadium, between the Mamaev Kurgan and Volga’s right bank. The construction area spans over 20 hectares. A track and field facility belonging to the Volgograd Academy of Physical Culture and Sports is located nearby.
Vasily Galushkin noted: “An indoor 50 metre swimming pool, currently belonging to trade unions, will be soon transferred to federal ownership. The pool, of course, requires renovation, which will be done. There’s also a basketball centre with a seating capacity of 5,000 people is under construction nearby.”