Mayor Sobyanin thanks 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup organisers, volunteers

Mayor Sobyanin thanks 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup organisers, volunteers
On average, Spartak Stadium was 89 percent full during cup matches.

The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup attracted over 150,000 tourists and fans to Moscow, Nikolai Gulyayev, head of the Moscow Department of Sport and Tourism, said at the Moscow Government Presidium meeting.

“We can conclude, in all confidence, that the city has passed the Confederations Cup test with honours, and, to quote FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, people left under the impression that it was the best Confederations Cup in history,” he said. “I’m sure that fans will feel the same after the 2018 World Cup too.”

According to Mr. Gulyayev, the whole tournament and the Moscow events were highly praised by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and the Russian government, including Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko who is also chairman of the 2018 World Cup organising committee.

Spartak Stadium was the official venue for the Confederations Cup in Moscow, including the provisional infrastructure built adjacent to it (covering a total area of 18,200 sq. m.). These temporary facilities included a regional operations centre (headquarters), a weather forecasting centre and a staff centre. The area surrounding the stadium was redeveloped: about 157 temporary and illegally erected structures were pulled down or relocated, 32,000 sq. m. of new road surface was laid, 35 hectares of lawn rolls were spread, and trees were trimmed.

“On the whole, Spartak Stadium and its services and utilities operated without a hitch,” said Mr. Gulyayev.

Football matches

Spartak Stadium hosted four Confederations Cup matches (three group games and one for the third place), which attracted 152,549 football fans. The matches included:

— 18 June — Cameroon vs. Chile (33, 492 fans);

— 21 June — Russia vs. Portugal (42,759 fans);

— 25 June — Chile vs. Australia (33, 639 fans);

—  2 July — Portugal vs. Mexico (42,659 fans).

On average, the stadium was 89 percent full.  Fifty-eight percent of all fans were Moscow residents, 38 percent came from other Russian regions and 9 percent from other countries. In all, there were 12,747 foreign football fans, including 2,902 with fan ID cards (from visa-entry countries).

“Moscow has always had a high inflow of tourists, and during the Confederations Cup the tourist flow reached 750,000 people, including 560,000 Russians,” said the department head. Mr. Gulyayev also said traffic and pedestrian flow had been organised in such a way   as to avoid concentrated crowds and traffic jams on the approaches to the stadium and during security checks.

Participating football teams had three training pitches at their disposal. The Spartak arena (7 Volokolamskoye Motorway) hosted six training sessions. Strogino Stadium (41 and 43 Vasily Botylyov Street) hosted nine training sessions, and TsSKA Stadium (2 3rd Peschanaya Street) hosted four training sessions.

Transport

“To make it convenient for fans and tourists to travel around the city, we put up signs in two languages, set up information stands at pavilions and at surface and metro ticket offices, and printed brochures in five languages,” said Mr. Gulyayev.  

During the Confederations Cup, fans, volunteers and FIFA officials took about 320,000 free trips on public transit. The metro was the most popular means of transport (215,000 trips), as well as the MCC (Moscow Central Circle) with over 21,000.

At least 51,000 people travelled by bus, trolley-bus and tram for free. Mosgortrans also organised three special shuttle routes:

— М3 — from the Aeroport and Sokol metro stations to Spartak Stadium;

— М4 — from Sheremetyevo Airport to Spartak Stadium;

— М7 — from Domodedovo Airport to Domodedovskaya metro station.

During this period, fans and tourists used Aeroexpress trains from Moscow airports and back 14,000 times and used suburban trains over 17,000 times.

Accommodation for teams and delegations

Official delegations and teams participating in the tournament stayed at four Moscow hotels:

— Double Tree by Hilton Moscow — Marina — 60 rooms (39/1 Leningradskoye Motorway);

— Renaissance Moscow Monarch Centre Hotel — 100 rooms (31a/1 Leningradsky Prospekt);

— Crowne Plaza Moscow — World Trade Centre — 100 rooms (12 Krasnopresnenskaya Embankment);

— Lotte Hotels & Resorts — 94 rooms (8/2 Novinsky Boulevard).

Football fans could choose the rooms that suited them best. Moscow’s hotel inventory offers over 1,000 rated hotels (about 63,000 rooms). These include 30 five-star hotels (6,187 rooms), 82 four-star hotels (15,899 rooms), 212 three-star hotels (18,045 rooms), 110 two-star (6,600 rooms) and 46 one-star hotels (1,151 rooms). Unrated or mini-hotels (606 hotels and 15,022 rooms) were also available.

Beginning in mid-May, the Department of Sport and Tourism monitored hotel rates.

Guides and security

About 1,800 volunteers were ready to help Confederations Cup guests at transport hubs (airports and railway stations), tourist routes, information centres and during various events. The volunteers included 28 percent schoolchildren (aged 16-18), 57 percent students (aged 19-25), 8 percent adults (aged 26-45) and 7 percent older citizens (aged 46-85). All volunteers could speak two languages, Russian and English, and some spoke Spanish, Portuguese, German and others.

“The number of people volunteering at the World Cup is expected to be 5,000,” said Mr. Gulyayev. “They will be mostly those who already gained some experience during the Confederations Cup.”

Accredited journalists were based at the media centre next to Spartak Stadium. It had computers and workstations, free Wi-Fi and all the necessary information (event and transport schedules).

Media representatives with no accreditation for the Confederations Cup could use the press centre in the Hall of Columns at the House of Unions (1 Bolshaya Dmitrovka Street). About 700 people used the press centre, which also hosted 25 news conferences.

Medical services and reinforced security were at the ready during the sporting events, based on the model tested during the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final and also the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. About 4,000 security guards were on duty at Spartak Stadium, 380 inspection devices and 800 CCTV cameras were in use. These measures provided fast and convenient access to the stands  for fans, and also an easy and quick exit.

Mr. Gulyayev said some foreign journalists were worried before the Confederations Cup that something could go wrong in Russia and specifically in Moscow. But having seen everything with their own eyes, they were pleasantly surprised. “I have only heard positive and excited feedback both about the tournament and the city itself,” he said.

The head of the Department of Sport and Tourism said interest in Moscow will only grow by 2018 as the Russian capital prepares to host the main matches of the World Cup. “Next year, we will see a redeveloped city centre with lots of pedestrian routes, and tourists will have more opportunities to walk around our city and enjoy the great football, I’m sure,” he said.