16 August 2017
The preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup were discussed in Krasnodar

Vice-Governor of Kuban Nikolay Doluda held a video-conference with Mayors of Krasnodar, Anapa, Sochi and Gelendzhik, where national teams participating in the 21st FIFA World Cup held in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018, would be accommodated and train.

"A large part of the games of the World Cup will be played in Sochi at the Fisht Stadium, and the teams will work at 8 training grounds located at the territory of Krasnodar Region, in Krasnodar, Anapa, Gelendzhik and Adler. We need to completely resolve the remaining organizational tasks related to the development of sports infrastructure, training grounds, transport logistics, hotel room stock and the operation of so-called fan zones for football fans," said Nikolay Doluda.

The Minister of Physical Culture and Sports of Krasnodar Region Lyudmila Chernova said that the preparation of sports facilities was being actively carried out, in September specialists would sow new grass at training grounds and by the end of the first quarter of 2018 they would be fully prepared to receive the leading national teams of the World Cup. An active work is being continued to address the concerns detected by FIFA - less than 10% of them left. In addition, the routes of movement from hotel to a training base or stadium are being developed for the convenience of the teams.

Preparatory work is under way in each of the municipalities of Krasnodar Region where footballers will live, train and play. Relevant specialists check and give the star-rating to the city hotels, prepare fan zones, landscape the territories adjacent to the routes of the teams movements, train volunteers. The total number of volunteers should be about 2 000 people. The situation was described by Mayors of Anapa, Sochi, Gelendzhik and Krasnodar.

"In the capital of Kuban there will be two training grounds for the World Cup teams — the stadiums of FC Krasnodar and FC Kuban. They are fully ready to receive the guests. We have also prepared 248 hotels with the room stock of about 5 600 seats. Design projects for the fan zones are being prepared. These zones will be organized in Theatre and Pushkin Squares. The works are being carried out in full compliance with the carefully designed plan "Football summer 2018"," said Mayor of Krasnodar Evgeny Pervyshov.

The FIFA World Cup will be in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018. The World Cup is scheduled to take place in 12 stadiums in 11 cities of Russia, including Sochi.

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