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FIFA checks progress on Russia’s World Cup 2018 stadia

Stadium preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia are continuing well and the seating at the showpiece Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will be in place by the end of February next year.

In its monthly update on progress ahead of the tournament, FIFA said 25,000 seats will be installed before the end of the year, while all seats at the stadium will be permanently mounted in February 2017.

A special additional lighting system has also been installed for the pitch to ensure the grass is kept in perfect condition during the darker winter months.

Eleven units have been put in place at the Luzhniki Stadium in order to direct light onto the turf and fill in areas where the sun cannot reach.

FIFA said the focus in November was on the venues preparing to welcome fans and players to the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 in six months’ time.

Meanwhile in Ekaterinburg, the general contractor for the stadium’s renovation project has just begun joining up the internal and external rings of the facility’s roof.

On the stadium’s north stand, constructors have already fixed the first connecting piece in place: a radial girder 31m in length and weighing ten tonnes. In total, 54 of these girders will be used.

Practically all the cement work has been finished at the Saransk Stadium. Now temporary supports are being installed and metal frameworks are being built on the venue’s roof and main entrances. Builders are pressing ahead with decorative elements and the provision of public amenities as well. The temporary buildings and facilities have also been completed.

According to builders, the stadium in Rostov-on-Don is 65% ready and they are on schedule. The roof should be finished by the end of the year.

The apron of the roof at the Kaliningrad Stadium is currently being built: eight parts have already been mounted and preparations are underway to lift the ninth section into place.

At the Volgograd Arena, progress is being made erecting the accessory buildings and facilities, such as ticket offices, boxes and entrances. Three ticket offices have already been built, along with two access points for vehicle transportation and a main security entrance. The facade of the stadium is currently 75% finished.

The 44-row upper tier and all the stadium’s floors have been fully constructed in Nizhny Novgorod.

The main venue for the Confederations Cup is the Saint Petersburg Stadium, which is where the opening match will be held between Russia and New Zealand on 17 June, as well as the final to determine the tournament’s champions on 2 July.

Work at the venue is going full steam ahead and the first official match is planned for next April and will involve local club Zenit Saint Petersburg.

The Fisht Stadium in Sochi, famous as the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics, will undergo its biggest football test on 19 June, when AFC Asian Cup winners Australia face reigning world champions Germany.

The playing surface has been laid at the Fisht Stadium and building work on the reconstructed areas of the stadium was recently completed. Now the arena’s internal facilities are being brought up to scratch.