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Rostov celebrates FIFA decision on city hosting 2018 World Cup

September 30, 2012, 4:18 UTC+3
About two thousand Rostov residents gathered in the city’s Theatre Square to mark the historic event
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ROSTOV-ON-DON, September 30 (Itar-Tass) — Rostov-on-Don has marked the decision by FIFA to include the city in the list of hosts of the 2018 World Cup 2018 with fireworks and a concert.

About two thousand Rostov residents gathered in the city’s Theatre Square to mark the historic event. Screens for video-conference communication with Moscow were installed there. While the intrigue remained, youth artistic groups were performing for the city residents.

Governor of the Rostov Region Vasily Golubev said that Rostov-on-Don and the entire region will have to make such a socio-economic breakthrough, which the region has not known in its history.

“I was sure that the birthplace of Viktor Ponedelnik will be not remain without the world football forum,” the head of the region noted, “it is the beginning of major work that will stimulate the development of all sectors of the economy.”

Before the football championship a stadium with 45,000 seats will be built on the left bank of the Don River, fifteen more sports facilities will be opened, new modern hotels and the Yuzhny international airport with the capacity four times exceeding the capacity of the currently operating airport will be constructed.

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