Vitaly Mutko: 2018 World Cup semi-finals in Yekaterinburg depends on the decision of local authorities
Economic feasibility of Yekaterinburg semifinal or the final match of the World Cup 2018 to be determined by local authorities. This was stated by Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy Vitaly Mutko during his working trip to the Middle Urals, Vesti reported.
According to him, holding the decisive matches of the championship will entail more work on the preparation and financial costs than the organization of group matches. He stressed that this issue need to weigh the "pros" and "cons" and to determine the economic benefits.
Following the meeting of the Board of "FIFA - Organizing Committee" Russia 2018 ", which took place a few days ago, Vitaly Mutko said that the semi-finals and final of the World Cup can take Yekaterinburg, Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Yekaterinburg Central Stadium was built in 1957. On the reconstruction of the sports complex was closed in the third quarter of 2006. The opening of the updated arena was held on 19 August 2011. Now the stadium can accommodate 27,000 spectators. It was planned that the world championship capacity will be increased to 42 million, according to the rules of the International Federation of Football Association would host matches of the group stage. However, if you spend semifinal games, it is necessary to further increase the capacity of the stands.