Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko has fired a warning shot across the bows of the developers of stadiums for the FIFA World Cup 2018. Ria Novosti reported that at a meeting with regional leaders Mutko said:
The pace of designing the stadiums gives cause for alarm. Deadlines are being broken, there are problems in every region.
All but one of the 12 stadiums needed for the tournament are being built from scratch or radically updated in a project costing $20 billion, a figure that includes private sector contributions and the associated infrastructure. Seven remained at the design stage as of January.
Mutko said that each of the 11 regions building stadiums is being given a 3.6 billion roubles ($98 million) subsidy to choose a location and finalise a stadium design. Mutko wants construction on all stadiums to begin by the end of 2014.