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Russian sports minister calls for Luzhniki stadium to be reconstructed with minimal costs

July 23, 2013, 11:16 UTC+3

At Luzhniki stadium in Moscow will take place the final match of the FIFA World Cup in 2018

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PENZA, July 23 (Itar-Tass) - Chairman of the organizing committee of the FIFA World Cup in 2018, Russian Minister of Sports Vitaly Mutko told Itar-Tass that he calls for the Luzhniki stadium, where the final match of the FIFA World Cup will be held, to be reconstructed with minimal costs.

On July 19, acting Moscow First Deputy Mayor Marat Khusnullin told reporters that he succeeded to talk the leadership of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) into debating a lower occupancy of the Luzhniki stands from required 89,000 to 80,000 seats. This proposal of the Moscow mayoralty will reduce substantially the cost of the reconstruction of the Luzhniki Grand Sport Arena.

“A lower occupancy of the Luzhniki stadium is not prioritized. Still, the Moscow authorities are working on a draft of technical task for the reconstruction of this stadium, which should be negotiated with the organizing committee of the FIFA World Cup an FIFA. Along with the stadium occupancy, FIFA sets other, no less important requirements to the Luzhniki stadium,” Vitaly Mutko stated.

“I also want very much that we will reconstruct the main stadium of the FIFA World Cup-2018 with minimal costs,” the head of the organizing committee of the tournament said. “Morally Luzhniki is certainly outdated. The exterior of this stadium will be preserved, but sweeping construction works will be done inside the stadium. Now a stadium reconstruction project is passing a coordination procedure with FIFA, and I would like the Moscow government not to make any statements over Luzhniki ahead of time. The FIFA specialists are working with Moscow officials over the reconstruction of the stadium. Then they will report on the results of their work to us and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke and only after that a final decision on Luzhniki will be taken,” he underlined.

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