No doubts remain now about St. Petersburg hosting the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017, FIFA's representative Charles Botta said.Dmitry Budanov/RIA Novosti
No doubts remain now about St. Petersburg hosting the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017, FIFA's representative Charles Botta told reporters on Sept. 3. The situation around construction of the stadium in St. Petersburg has improved, he added.
"Until a couple of days ago, St. Petersburg was a real concern for us," he Botta. However, all problems have been solved, according to Botta.
The construction of football arena in St. Petersburg, intended to host football matches of both the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 World Cup, has been marred by numerous delays and rising costs as well as by tense relations between city authorities and the stadium’s general contractor, Inzhtransstroy-SPb.
The stadium was laid down in the western section of Krestovsky Island in St. Petersburg in 2007. The construction project was revised three times: in 2008, 2010 and 2013.
Each time, the cost of the arena was increased from the initial estimate of 6.7 billion rubles ($268 million at the average ruble/US dollar exchange rate for 2007) to possible 43.8 billion rubles ($677.5 million at the current exchange rate).
Russia is currently in full-swing preparations for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup after the country won the bid to host the world’s major football event at the FIFA Congress in Guatemala on Dec. 4, 2010.
The victory came following a tight race against a bid from England, a joint bid by Portugal and Spain and a joint bid on behalf of Belgium and the Netherlands.
The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.
The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in Moscow.
The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will be held next year between June 17 and July 1 at four stadiums in Russia: the Otkritie-Arena in Moscow, St. Petersburg Arena, Fisht in Sochi and the Kazan Arena.
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