Luzhniki has been renovated, Spartak tested and hotels classified. Read this mos.ru article to learn what else Moscow did for the mundial and what is yet to be done.
Where to play
The main events of the championship will take place at the Big Sports Arena, Luzhniki Stadium. It will host the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as seven matches, including the semifinals and the finals. After the renovation, the stadium can accommodate 81,000 people. The number of seats was increased and moved closer to the pitch and at a different angle to provide a good view from any part of the stadium. Two giant media displays and a cutting-edge audio system were also installed.
Other five matches of the tournament will take place at Spartak Stadium opened in 2014. It holds over 45,000 fans and is considered one of the best stadiums in Russia. Over 150,000 spectators came to see the four Confederations Cup matches at the stadium.
Moscow will also provide participating teams with six training pitches. Three of which will be at Luzhniki with three more at the Spartak, SCKA and Strogino stadiums.
How to move around
Moscow will be the main transit hub for the World Cup. Most of the tourists who go to other host cities will arrive in Moscow first. They will land at four international airports: Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo, Vnukovo and Zhukovsky.
Guests will also be able to use nine railway stations, three river ports and a developed road system.
Moscow’s public transit is also being prepared for the tournament. There will be new designated lanes for fan buses. During the event, priority will be given to public transit. Those who have fan IDs will be able to ride the metro, the monorail, the Moscow Central Circle and commuter trains to the Moscow Region for free. Some of the surface transport routes will also be free.
Plans call for 264 new Moskva model carriages for the metro in 2017; almost 2,000 low-floor buses and 200 new-generation tram carriages will be added to the fleet in 2017−2018.
Where to stay
Hotels that have undergone evaluation will accommodate fans. There are 1,086 such hotels in Moscow. Thirty hotels have received five stars, 82 four stars and 212 are three-star hotels. There are 110 two-star hotels and 46 one-star hotels in Moscow. Over 600 facilities, including 354 hostels did not receive any stars. Before the end of 2017, seven more hotels with some 2,000 rooms will be added to the list.
Throughout Moscow, a special security system will be launched during the World Cup similar to this year’s Confederations Cup. It includes the mandatory accreditation of fans, pedestrian and transport checkpoints, security inspections and video surveillance systems. Police officers, military personnel and inspectors will provide security and will be able to search spectators together with Internal Affairs Department officers.
All pedestrian routes in the city centre will be patrolled by the tourist police who will wear armlets with “tourist police” on them. They will not only maintain order but will also help tourists get around the city. Police officers will speak English; some of them also speak German, French, Spanish and Chinese.