Russian authorities think how to load the arena of the 2018 World Cup

The content of stadiums built in Russia for the World Cup will cost 6 billion rubles per year. These costs will be assigned to the Russian regions, which will have to reconstruct these sites at their own expense.
After the withdrawal of the Russian national team from the World Cup 2018, without waiting for its completion, the authorities of most match regions began to complain about burdensome and unnecessary stadiums. Their content is tentatively estimated at 4.2-6 billion rubles. a year, plus up to 5 billion rubles. required for the conversion of the stands. In Samara and Yekaterinburg count on tranches from the federal budget, in Nizhny Novgorod they hope to give the stadium to the management of foreigners, and in Saransk - to create a part of the arena trading area. The last option, however, was outright forbidden by Vladimir Putin a month ago.

Operation of the stadium "Samara Arena" (45 thousand spectators, construction costs - 18.9 billion rubles.) Will cost 500 million rubles. a year, said on July 9, vice-governor of the Samara region Alexander Fetisov. The authorities of the region expect that these costs will be offset by the budget of the Russian Federation. The arena will become a home stadium for the "Wings of the Soviets", which play in the Russian Premier League. "But 18-20 matches per year are not enough (for loading stadiums." "Kommersant"), "the official admits. "When the stadium was designed, it was planned to include many options in order to achieve the commercial effect of using the arena ... Now we do not fully understand how it will eventually be exploited. The decision will be adopted later, "said Dmitriy Shlyakhtin, the Minister of Sports of the region.

In Yekaterinburg, authorities also count on the help of the center. As Alexei Orlov, First Deputy Governor of the Sverdlovsk Region, told Kommersant, the cost of dismantling the temporary stands is now being assessed: "After that, we will consider maintenance costs. We hope that the Russian Federation will take an active, including financial, part in bringing the arena to the normative level (after the dismantling of the temporary tribunes. "" Kommersant ")." For the World Cup 2018 in Yekaterinburg, the Central Stadium was reconstructed. The cost of work amounted to 13.1 billion rubles. The cost of maintaining the stadium, according to preliminary estimates, will amount to 367 million rubles.

The cost of building the stadium for the 2018 World Cup in Kaliningrad was 17.754 billion rubles, and its operation will cost 200 million rubles. in year. The stadium will become the home arena of FC "Baltika". "This will help significantly load the stadium. Also, the Oktyabrsky Island, where the sports complex is located, can become a territory of a special economic regime in the short term, which will make it easier to load the facility, "the representative of the governor, Dmitry Lyskov, hopes.

In Nizhny Novgorod, they intend to create a management company, to which the stadium, built for the 2018 World Cup (45,000 people, construction costs - 17.9 billion rubles), will be transferred. Foreign investors have already shown interest in developing the arena, said Gleb Nikitin, the governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region, as saying. "They came up with a proposal to transfer the stadium to the management for its development," Mr. Nikitin said. "The initiative includes the development of the territory near the stadium. This will make it possible to achieve a payback. " The cost of maintaining the stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, according to preliminary estimates, in 2019 will amount to 315.7 million rubles, in 2020 - 329.7 million rubles, in 2021 - 343 million rubles. At the same time, specifies and. about. deputy governor of the region Dmitry Svatkovsky, in the first three to five years the arena will not bring profit and its maintenance needs support of the federal budget.

In Saransk, part of the "Mordovia Arena" is planned to be given to shopping areas and sports centers (head of the republic Vladimir Volkov estimated the cost of maintaining the stadium at 200-250 million rubles per year). However, to redirect the new objects under the trade during a direct line on June 7, Vladimir Putin strictly forbade: "I want to turn now to my colleagues in the regions - in no case should we allow that at these sites there are some markets that arose on the sports buildings in Moscow in the mid-90's. "

One of those markets was in "Luzhniki", the question with the further use of this stadium is one of the most difficult. This is the largest arena of the 2018 World Cup: 81 thousand people. The budget of Moscow spent on the reconstruction of the stadium 26.6 billion rubles. At the same time, there is no club team for which Luzhniki could become a home stadium, Andrei Bochkarev, the head of the Moscow construction department, said in an interview. The stadium "Fisht" in Sochi, the same problems: now in the city, in principle, there is no professional football club. But in the new season in Sochi move "Dynamo" from St. Petersburg (owner - Boris Rothenberg). According to, the Petersburg LLC "FC Dynamo" in April 2018 was re-registered as LLC "Football Club" Sochi ".

One of the federal officials estimates the content of all stadiums built for the World Cup 2018, about 4.2-6 billion rubles. a year, plus up to 5 billion rubles. required for the conversion of the stands. "According to the FIFA requirements, stadium capacity should have been more, which increased costs," he said. According to him, by early 2019 all arenas will be transferred to the ownership of the regions. According to RBC, the world championship cost Russia $ 11.7 billion, Brazil (2014) - $ 11.6 billion, South Africa (2010) - $ 4.6 billion.