The Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC) has published its 2012 Annual Report on its preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
The key milestone in the report is the selection of the tournament’s Host Cities that has enabled detailed planning to begin for the construction and development of Russia 2018 venues and infrastructure. Stadium selection for the opening match, semi-finals and final of the Russian edition of the FIFA World Cup was also approved, along with host cities for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017.
While the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia LOC is not directly involved in the design and construction of the stadiums, it is still accountable to FIFA for compliance with the latter’s requirements for stadiums and the construction schedule.
The report also contained an update on Stadium Construction and the new monitoring programme.
CEO of the Russia 2018 LOC Alexey Sorokin, said: “Now we are focusing on the launch of a number of important strategic projects. These include drawing up the Infrastructure Programme in cooperation with some of our key stakeholders; monitoring the design and construction of the tournament stadiums, which will be the responsibility of Arena-2018, a special agency we set up by the LOC last year; and finalising the 2018 FIFA World Cup Bill, which should be ratified by the end of 2013.
The report outlined that according to the 2018 FIFA World Cup concept, Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium (the venue for the opening game, semi-final and Final), and St. Petersburg’s stadium (the venue for the second semi-final), will be the competition’s two main arenas.
Russia gave FIFA a commitment to provide 12 top-quality stadiums for the FIFA World Cup, deemed by FIFA as an ambitious and challenging task, especially given the tight schedule for design and construction.
The full report can be viewed by clicking here.
Editor’s Note: Last year we hosted more than 30 delegates from Russia representing new stadium projects. We will have many, more more this year as we press on with invitations to Arena-2018 and the key project decision-makers!