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Pitches laid at Russia World Cup 2018 stadia

Seven stadia are still undergoing construction ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and are nearing completion, with the playing surface having already been laid on several, FIFA said.

The remaining venues – the four that hosted the FIFA Confederations Cup, plus the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow – are ready to welcome fans for top-level matches.

The pitch is being laid at the Ekaterinburg Arena, while thanks to the warm weather the grass is already flourishing at the Rostov Arena and the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.

Six of the 12 stadiums to host games at next summer’s World Cup in Russia will have a SISGrass hybrid pitch in place.

The specialists at the Kaliningrad Stadium expect to plant the seeds of the football pitch there this week, as all the preparations have been done.

The metal framework, which weighs over 15,000 tonnes, of the westernmost venue at next year’s World Cup has been completed as well.

The head of the construction company in Ekaterinburg has confirmed that work has finished on the stadium’s canopy.

Workers at the Volgograd Arena construction site have lifted the roof’s tensile cable structure to its highest point: 49.5 metres. Now the roof’s membrane covering, which measures 77,000m2 in total, is being erected at the venue, where four World Cup matches will be played.

Things are progressing quickly in Saransk, where the internal and external utility networks of the Mordovia Arena are being built. The football pitch’s technological equipment is also being installed at the stadium, along with the lifts. In total, 1,496 people have been employed at the site.

The main framework of the Samara Arena is nearly finished: 95 of the 96 blocks making up the dome structure have been put in place.

Preparations have started for the renovation of the area surrounding the facility, as the old radio centre has been demolished and the spaces earmarked for new construction have been levelled.

Image: The pitch being prepared at Luzhniki Stadium. Courtesy of SIS Pitches.