The entire 2018 FIFA World Cup infrastructure will be left to Muscovites. The new training grounds will be used as a base to develop junior sports, Sergei Sobyanin said in an interview with TV Centre TV channel.
The city will also continue to develop and build sports facilities, according to the Mayor. “We will also build six or seven additional large fields. Almost every administrative area will have a good professional field that can be used in the summer, and in the winter as well,” Mr Sobyanin said.
First-class arenas and excellent football pitches have opened in Moscow for the World Cup. Hotels have been certified and the airports renovated; high-speed internet has appeared in Moscow, and public transit has been updated. The large upgrade of the historical Luzhniki Sports Complex, which is serving as the main World Cup venue, is another bonus. The stadium will be used after the championship is over. When there are no matches, it will host shows, concerts and festivals; and the space now designated for the FIFA services will be used for offices, gyms, sports clubs and fitness centres.
For now, Moscow is the centre of World Cup events. Thousands of fans from all over the world have come here.
“Almost 80,000 people come to the Fan Fest area every day instead of the 25,000 we expected,” Sergei Sobyanin said. He noted that eight years ago, before the improvement began, the city would not have been able to host so many guests. “Today Moscow can welcome fans, guests and tourists. The metro and the Moscow Central Circle can transfer all the fans who, for example, leave Luzhniki Stadium: 70,000–80,000 at a time,” Sergei Sobyanin said. He added that it is difficult to have so many tourists, but the city infrastructure was coping with it.
World Cup matches are being held in 11 cities: Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Rostov-on-Don, Volgograd and Yekaterinburg, with Moscow being the main World Cup host city. The championship began with the Russia vs. Saudi Arabia match, which Russia won 5–0. Moscow will host seven more games, followed by the closing ceremony.