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Training ranges for World Cup 2018 matches to be ready in Petersburg by spring 2017

December 28, 2015, 2:37 UTC+3 St. PETERSBURG
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St. PETERSBURG, December 28. /TASS/. The city government of St Petersburg plans to commission by the beginning of 2017 the training ranges and the facilities for accommodating the national football teams that will take part in the FIFA World Cup 2018 games, Georgy Poltavhchenko, the St Peterburg Governor said on Sunday in an interview with Russian news agencies.

"As for the training grounds, FIFA officials visit us here frequently enough and they don't have any complaints over the deadlines and quality of the works," Gov Poltavchnko said. "The sites have been selected and works are underway and I don't have any doubts we'll launch them by spring 2017."

Executives from the city's committee for sports told TASS earlier the three training grounds ahead of the games were the Petrovsky stadium, the Smena stadium where the works have begun and will be over in spring 2017, and the Arsenal stadium near Prospekt Metallistov avenue.

Also, the city plans building four accommodation centers Petrodvorets, Zelenogorsk, Pushkin, and Zenit.

The FIFA 2018 World Cup Games will be held from June 14 through July 15, 2018, in eleven Russian cities Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yaketerinburg, Samara, Sochi, and Rostov-on-Don.

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