Luzhniki Stadium, the venue hosting the opening and final matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, is all but ready for next year’s footballing extravaganza.
The main construction work at the new arena is complete, virtually all of the seating has been installed, and the finishing touches are now being made to the venue’s interior.
The grass on the Luzhniki pitch, sown in August 2016, has survived the harsh Moscow winter.
Grow lights have ensured the necessary conditions for the pitch to grow and be maintained around the clock.
Luzhniki’s stands will soon come alive, too. They’ve been brought as close as possible to the football pitch and modified, meaning their incline is lower-pitched. Crowd capacity has been raised from 78,000 to 81,000 as well.
After reconstruction, the arena’s roof will be turned into a giant screen to broadcast the matches.
Moscow deputy mayor Marat Khusnullin, who is responsible for construction and urban policy matters, said:
We will continue our improvement works in April. In the future, we will need to put up temporary structures around the complex that are needed to host the World Cup: media areas, fan zones, VIP zones and places to unload multimedia equipment.
Further improvements to the Luzhniki Olympic Complex are also planned. Much of the development, including on the embankment area, was completed last year. The remaining work will begin shortly.