KAZAN, February 28. /TASS/. Minor details are left to be finalized for the Russian city of Kazan, one of the cities across the country selected to host the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, ahead of the global football tournaments, FIFA’s Director of Competitions Colin Smith said on Tuesday.
A delegation of the international football federation FIFA, led by Smith, began on Monday its fifth operating visit to Russia, which will take it to the stadiums in St. Petersburg, Sochi, Moscow and Kazan, selected to host matches both of the 2017 and 2018 FIFA tournaments.
The tour is due to end on March 3 and on Tuesday the delegation from the world’s governing body of football arrived in Kazan.
Smith told journalists he was confident that Kazan would provide the highest possible level of organization for the upcoming tournaments and only minor details were left to be finalized ahead of the 2017 Confederations Cup.
The head of the FIFA delegation, who has been on numerous visits to Russia on previous occasions, said he was glad to be back in the capital of the Russian republic of Tatarstan recalling memories of Kazan’s organization of the 2017 Confederations Cup Draw late last year.
Smith added that only 108 days were left before the start of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and he was reminded about such exact countdown figure by an enormous digital display he spotted on his way to the Kazan Arena.
The Kazan Arena was built especially for hosting the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2013 Summer Universiade. Following the prestigious games of university students the arena was reconstructed into the 44,800-seat football stadium, which became the home arena for local Rubin football club.
The sports arena in Kazan was designed by the same firm of architects as Wembley Stadium and Emirates Stadium in London. It has a unique design, which blends seamlessly into Kazan's urban landscape. Viewed from above, the arena, which stands on the banks of the Kazanka River, resembles a water-lily.