KALININGRAD, April 17. /TASS/. All 20,000 available tickets were sold out for second test match at the new football stadium in Russia’s Kaliningrad, which is one of the venues for matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup this summer, a spokesman for the local football club told TASS on Tuesday.
The new stadium in Kaliningrad held its first test match on Wednesday between local football club Baltika and guests Krylya Sovetov FC from Samara within the frames of the National Football League tournament. Some 15,000 people attended the match, which ended 1-0 in favor of the hosts.
The second test match at the stadium in Kaliningrad is scheduled to be played on April 21 between Baltika FC and football club Khimki from the Moscow Region.
"All 20,000 tickets from the allocated quota for the second test match have been purchased by football fans within several days," Sergei Kandalov, a spokesman for Baltika FC, told TASS.
Kandalov added that a total of 92 mass media representatives were also accredited for the match on Saturday, including journalists from Poland and Germany.
The next test match at the new stadium in Kaliningrad is scheduled for May 12 and, according to Kandalov, the stadium is expected to be filled to its maximum 35,000-seat capacity.
Located in Russia’s westernmost enclave the city of Kaliningrad built a completely new stadium for the 2018 World Cup on the Oktyabrsky Island. The stadium’s construction met the previously set deadline and the new facility may be one of the cheapest built for the global championship in Russia after FIFA allowed to reduce the seating capacity to 35,000.
Russia’s old city of Kaliningrad already had one stadium. The 14,660-seat Baltika Stadium was constructed in late 19th century on money donated by philanthropist Walter Simon. At that time the stadium was located within Germany’s Konigsberg, which became Russia’s Kaliningrad after the World War II.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in 57 days with the opening match in the Russian capital of Moscow.
Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.
The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.
The new stadium in Kaliningrad will host four group stage matches of the 2018 World Cup: Croatia-Nigeria on June 16, Serbia-Switzerland on June 22, Spain-Morocco on June 25 and England-Belgium on June 28.