Football teams competing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia will discover on December 1 whereabouts in the country their group games will take place.
And progress on the host venues for the tournament is continuing apace.
The Ekaterinburg Arena, the easternmost Russia 2018 destination, has reached the final stage of its renovation. A temporary stand has been added outside the stadium to bring its capacity up to 35,000.
Artificial fibres have been sewn into the football pitch and the facility’s lighting system is well on the way to completion.
The roof at the westernmost Russia 2018 stadium in Kaliningrad has been fully erected, along with all of the arena’s metal framework. The finishing touches are now being applied to the internal facilities.
Spectators’ seats, coloured dark blue, light blue and white, are currently being produced and the plan is to install them by the end of December, FIFA said.
At the same time, safety barriers are being put up inside the Kaliningrad Stadium, while around the venue roads are being laid and parking spaces built.
The construction company working on the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium have advanced to the furnishing stage of the facility and the area around it.
This includes building entrances and laying down pedestrian walkways within the main structure. Close to 160,000m2 of land will be redeveloped during this process.
Progress continues on the stadium’s roof: the design has been implemented and corresponds to the initial architectural design, which called for the use of a single colour scheme that plays on two of the most prominent features of the countryside in the Volga region: water and wind.
Seats are being put in place inside the stadium and the pitch is being carefully looked after by a team of experts, who are repeatedly mowing, watering and fertilising the grass.
In Samara, preparatory work on the football pitch has just begun, as rolls of 30mm-thick turf, brought in from Italy, are soon to be laid down.
The roof of the Samara Arena is still in the process of being mounted, while at the same time an anti-corrosive layer is being applied to the stadium’s metal dome.
Decorating work is underway inside the stadium, and outside the surrounding area is undergoing redevelopment – with the ground being levelled off, asphalt laid and greenery planted.
More than 13,000 seats have been installed in the stands of the Volgograd Arena, while down on the pitch artificial polymeric fibres are ready to be sewn in, as soon as the root system of the grass is properly embedded.
The stadium’s internal and external facilities are being finished off and the roof is 75% completed.
Specialists are also constructing the storm drains and sewage system, while the power supply and communications networks are also being set up.
At the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, work continues on the roof, temporary stands and entrances to the venue.
The core of the stadium is almost completely fitted out and the finishing touches are being applied. The internal utility systems are quickly being put in place, to ensure the arena is equipped with electricity and the supply and disposal of water. Twenty-seven out of 30 lifts have already been built and the technology for the pitch is being installed.
The reinforced concrete is now fully laid at the Rostov Arena and both the framework of the roof and its membrane covering have been constructed.
The internal and external utility networks are also complete. The arena’s multi-media façade, mega screen and seats are being installed. The site of the stadium is being redeveloped, with greenery being planted in the surrounding areas.
Image: The temporary stand at the Ekaterinburg Arena