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Saint Petersburg will undergo 6-month testing before handover

The city of Saint Petersburg, which is building a new stadium on the site of the old Kirov Stadium, has agreed with construction manager Transstroy, that Transstroy will test systems for six months before handover to the city’s choice of operator.

The city and Transstroy, part of Oleg Deripaska’s Basic Element industrial group, have agreed that this period of testing is the best way to ensure that the many technical systems involved in the facility are ready in time for the first full season of tenant team Zenit.

Zenit Saint Petersburg will move from their historic Petrovsky Stadium to the multifunctional ‘space ship’ currently under construction, which features sliding pitch and retractable roof. Transstroy has 2,000 workers on site this summer, which it plans to increase to 3,000 in summer 2015. It will complete construction works in late 2015, leaving six months for testing before handover in 2016, two years ahead of the World Cup in 2018.

Photo credit: Alexandr Yarovoi