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Stadium Requirements Handbook now in hands of Russia 2018 host cities

Arena-2018 in cooperation with the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Local Organising Committee (LOC) have presented the Russia 2018 Host Cities with the Stadium Requirements Handbook – a document that will form the basis for the design and construction of the Russia 2018 arenas.

A workshop was held for more than 60 leading specialists and experts from companies involved in the design and construction of all 12 2018 World Cup stadiums, representatives of regional ministries and departments and international consultants specialising in stadium operations.

Attention of participants of the workshop was drawn to the need of a special focus on the legacy programmes for the tournament stadiums. The CEO of the Russia 2018 LOC, Alexey Sorokin noted:

As the organisations authorised to prepare for and stage the 2018 World Cup, it’s definitely the case that the LOC and Arena-2018 have an interest above all in ensuring that the stadiums built for the tournament comply with FIFA requirements. But the success of the World Cup in Russia will depend not just on how well it is organised, but also on how effectively the facilities are used after the tournament. And international experience shows that it’s right now, in the design stage, that we must make sure the stadiums are multipurpose.

Arena-2018 will develop its cooperation with the Russia 2018 stadium owners by organising more workshops on stadium design and construction – and several more will be held before the end of this year. Also in October, Arena-2018 in cooperation with FIFA experts, will make inspection visits to several Russia 2018 stadiums as a part of the monitoring process.

Arena-2018 was founded by the Russia 2018 LOC in April 2012. The organisation’s main task is to monitor the design, construction and reconstruction of stadiums and check that all deadlines are achieved and ensure that FIFA requirements are met.

Read more about the financial background and preparations for venue, hotel and travel provision for World Cup 2018 in the Autumn 2013 issue of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine.