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Fifa issues update on Russia 2018 World Cup venues

Fifa, football’s global governing body, has provided an update on the stadiums that will be used for Russia’s hosting of its 2018 World Cup showpiece international team tournament.

Fifa said local organisers in the country are putting the “finishing touches” to seven of the venues that will feature in the competition next year.

Four stadiums are already able to host games and were used to stage matches during the Confederations Cup, which took place in Russia earlier this year, while a reconstruction project at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium is almost complete.

At the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, more than 29,000sqm of the roof structure have been erected, over 7,700 seats have been installed and a pitch is already in place.

Meanwhile, pipes are being laid for the drainage system at the Volgograd Arena, decorating work is taking place both on the inside and outside of the venue, and more than 3,000 spectator seats have been installed.

The Russia 2018 venue in Ekaterinburg has also started to put seating in place, while the roof for the stadium is expected to be fully mounted before the end of September, and will cover a field that has just started to grow.

Elsewhere this month, two giant screens measuring 15 x 9m were installed at the Kaliningrad Stadium, while work is ongoing to install utility systems at the venue.

The Rostov Arena now has a number of seats and a field of play in place, meanwhile work is ongoing with decorating the inside of the building, as well as on the stadium’s utilities.

Workers at the Samara Arena have begun mounting a polycarbonate roof, which has a total surface area of more than 76,000sqm, while the framework at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk is now complete, and temporary stands for the venue are being constructed, with internal and external utility networks also being installed.