A 140 square metre media screen will be installed at Vorobyovy Gory for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It will broadcast all matches live. The screen will be the central focus of the Fan Fest. Below it there will be the stage where Russian and foreign performers will appear. Free Wi-Fi will be available in the entire Fan Fest zone.
According to Head of the Moscow Department of Sport and Tourism Nikolai Gulyayev, both football and city symbols will be used for stage decorations.
“The FIFA Fan Fest will be the best place in the city after the stadiums themselves,” said Nikolai Gulyayev.
The FIFA Fan Fest will be in front of Lomonosov Moscow State University. Fan Fest will be open on Vorobyovy Gory two hours prior to the first match and through the end of the last game. Matches will be shown in the fan zone throughout the 25 days of the World Cup. Designated wheelchair locations will be in the first rows next to the stage.
An information centre for tourists will provide services in Russian and English. Its personnel will familiarise the visitors with Moscow’s and Russia’s most famous landmarks. Fans will find the largest gift shop of the World Cup either in the fan zone or at the entrance to it. Branded clothes, T-shirts, balls and more will be available.
The FIFA Fan Fest will also include a food court. Tourists will be able to purchase matryoshka dolls, dishes featuring Khokhloma painting, and many more folk craft items. The list of items for sale will be approved by FIFA.
The Fan Fest venue will be accessible from Kievskaya metro station and Luzhniki Stadium on free buses that will be able to carry 2,500 people per hour. The shuttles will feature the symbols of the World Cup. Bicycle racks will be located in front of the fan zone.
The fan zone at Vorobyovy Gory has a capacity of 40,000 people with an area of 36,000 square metres. About 267,000 spectators will be able to cheer for their teams in the 11 World Cup host cities.
In 2018, Moscow will be the main city for the FIFA World Cup. The official stadiums will be the Big Sports Arena in the Luzhniki Olympic Complex and Spartak Stadium. The 2018 FIFA World Cup will run from 14 June to 15 July, 2018. On 17 June-2 July, 2017, Moscow’s Spartak Stadium will host a kind of rehearsal for the World Cup, the Confederations Cup, a football tournament for national teams. The 2018 FIFA World Cup final draw is scheduled for late 2017 in Moscow.