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MOSCOW, July 9. /TASS/. The reconstruction of Moscow's Luzhniki Arena that will host the opening and final matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will cost 350 million euros, a deputy mayor of the Russian capital said on Thursday.
Marat Khusnullin also said the stadium’s reconstruction had been completed by 50%
"We will soon replace all the engineering systems," the official said adding that 4,000 workers were involved in the reconstruction works.
"All FIFA safety demands have been taken into account," Khusnulin said. "The last FIFA commission that visited [the stadium] in May was absolutely satisfied with what they saw."
After the reconstruction works are completed the stadium will boost the spectators’ capacity of 81,000 seats.
This is the second grand reconstruction of the stadium, which was initially built in 1957. The first grand reconstruction of the stadium took place in the run up of the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow.
The opening match of the 2018 World Cup featuring hosting team Russia has been scheduled at Luzhniki Arena for June 14.
Russia won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup over four years ago in a tight race against the joint bid from England, Portugal and Spain and the joint bid on behalf of Belgium and the Netherlands.
The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in 11 cities across Russia, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.