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ST. PETERSBURG, August 16 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg has all the grounds to contend for the right to host summer Olympic Games, St. Peterburg governor Georgy Poltavchenko said on Wednesday at a meeting with Russian bloggers.
“We have both favourable nature conditions and necessary sports facilities,” the press service of the governor quoted him as saying. Poltavchenko reiterated that a stadium on the Krestovsky Island will be commissioned in time for the world football cup. “It is a matter of honour,” he stressed.
The construction of the world-class football stadium started in St. Petersburg in 2006. Its architectural solution was developed by Kisho Kurokawa. The new stadium will replace its successor, the Kirov stadium located in the western section of the Krestovsky Island. The project was postponed several times because of changes in the architectural design and the financing scheme.
After the latest project adjustment to meet the requirements of international football association (FIFA and UEFA), the number of seats was increased to 69,000. The cost increased likewise. Whereas initially it was 6.7 billion roubles, now the figure exceeds 20 billion roubles.