Rapid-traffic Wi-Fi access points for fans at the Luzhniki Grand Sport Arena’s halls and guest zones are now being installed. Tens of thousands of people will be able to use Wi-Fi.
“We are now installing this network that will be ready when the arena opens. Over 600 Wi-Fi access points are planned,” said Deputy Moscow Mayor for Urban Development and Construction Marat Khusnullin.
The stadium’s reconstruction is almost complete, he noted. The arena’s occupancy has increased to 81,000 spectators. The grandstands are inclined at a different angle and are located as close to the football field as possible. The stadium rebuilding project was completed earlier than planned and complies with FIFA’s tough international standards.
Work is also underway to plant numerous trees and shrubs all over the Luzhniki Olympic Complex. In all, the city will provide over 6,000 Leonardo da Vinci roses, thousands of large trees and about 26,000 small shrubs.
The Grand Sport Arena in the 159 hectare complex originally opened in 1956. The stadium was partially rebuilt for the 1980 Summer Olympics and also in the early 1990s. The stadium’s area was increased to 221,000 square metres.
The current project was launched in the first quarter of 2014 as part of preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The main concept was to create a modern world-class sports arena that also meets FIFA requirements, and to preserve the stadium’s historical façade that symbolises the city’s architecture and Russian sport.
Luzhniki is being revived and developed as the main national sport park. In September 2016, the city finished improving Luzhnetskaya Embankment and created additional pedestrian zones. The embankment now features cycling and jogging lanes, street workout stations and a promenade zone for pedestrians. A new public area has also been created near the river.