Yekaterinburg will be the venue for the World Cup 2018
FIFA World Cup 2018 will be held in Russia. In the evening on December 2 in Zurich, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter announced the results of voting.
FIFA World Cup will be held in 13 Russian cities, including Yekaterinburg, as well as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Yaroslavl, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kazan, Samara, Rostov-on-Don, Volgograd, Krasnodar and Sochi.
Ekaterinburg is ready to provide all necessary conditions for holding matches of the World Cup in 2018. Now the city is in full swing reconstruction of the central stadium, which will be the largest sports facility in the Urals, and its technical and operational characteristics - only the complex, where you will spend sporting and cultural events not only regional and federal, and international levels. Currently, the stadium is in advanced stage of readiness. The volume of investments in its reconstruction has already exceeded 1.3 bln. Rubles. Recently it signed an agreement with the bank to allocate more GLOBEX 1.1 billion. Rubles for the completion of reconstruction. It is expected that this facility will be commissioned in 2011. The new sports arena will meet the standards of the international federations FIFA and UEFA, its capacity will be 27 thousand people with the possibility of increasing the number of seats by installing prefabricated structures up to 40 thousand.
The election of our city one of the sites for the World Cup shows that Yekaterinburg meets the basic requirements of FIFA. There is an international airport, developed road network, logistics, hotel complexes. Ekaterinburg has extensive experience in international sports competitions.
In addition, it has repeatedly successfully passed the socio-political events of world level, such as the SCO summit, the exhibition INNOPROM, the Russian-German summit, Games of "Gazprom".
And despite the fact that both come into the city for several thousand guests at the highest level, the city's infrastructure has not experienced problems with their accommodation and service. Since 2003, a separate area of Yekaterinburg was a program of development and construction of tourism infrastructure of hospitality. Currently the city has 60 hotels in different formats. This is not in any other city in the country except for Moscow and St. Petersburg. No less significant work has been done in the field of catering.
Ekaterinburg - a city with a long sporting tradition, which has today a wonderful sports facilities. In Yekaterinburg, the strategic plan, an important component of which is the development of sports and promotion of healthy lifestyles. A lot of attention is paid both to the authorities of Yekaterinburg development of mass sports and the preparation of professional athletes, who represent Russia at the international level. In addition, the city administration continue to spend most work on the rehabilitation and construction of sports facilities, playgrounds. This policy of the Administration of Yekaterinburg attaches different generations of citizens to engage in physical culture and sports, and also improve the quality of training of professionals.
So, after 8 years in Yekaterinburg arrive the best players in the world. And now our city preparing to take the All-Russian competitions in swimming at the prizes of Alexander Popov. Water competition taken Yekaterinburg for the third time in a row, will be held from 9 to 12 December. It is expected that in the tournament for the prizes of four-time Olympic champion Alexander Popov will participate 350 people. It is more than 30 teams from the regions of Russia and abroad.