The city is busy preparing for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and this has boosted the development of transport, hotel and sport infrastructure, Deputy Moscow Mayor for Urban Development and Construction Marat Khusnullin told delegates of the Moscow Urban Forum 2017.
“I have absolutely no doubt that Moscow will successfully host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The upcoming event has seriously boosted the development of the city’s sport and hotel infrastructure, as well as the improvement of several areas in the city,” Mr Khusnullin said. Investors have been involved in building various sports facilities.
The Luzhniki Grand Sport Arena was upgraded completely. “It was an extremely difficult engineering and technical task to preserve the exterior of Luzhniki Stadium and its historical image. However, we managed to do this on schedule, and we didn’t exceed the budget. This is one of the most successful sport facilities worldwide in terms of its cost-performance ratio,” Mr Khusnullin noted.
Over 10,000 young athletes are already playing on 11 football training fields built for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, Mr Khusnullin said. “Junior-league sport schools have been built near these fields. We will preserve the 2018 FIFA World Cup’s legacy, and over 10,000 young people can already play on these fields,” Mr Khusnullin noted.
The latest artificial surfaces and heating systems were used to build these football fields. All of them have comfortable locker rooms, offices for coaches, utility rooms and service centres.
The Moscow Urban Forum is taking place at Pavilion No. 75 at VDNKh. Business programme participants are discussing the development of city agglomerations, the future of national innovation sectors, as well as new data collection and processing systems.