As Russia prepares for the 2018 World Cup next Summer, its most westerly venue, Kaliningrad, the main City in an exclave next to Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea Shore, sees Massive Overhaul.
Apart from the Federal Budget funding, the region’s Governor Anton Alikhanov said there are substantial Private Investments. He estimated the total sum to be over 760 million US Dollars.
The construction of the 2018 World Cup Stadium started two years ago and still continues. The Stadium, which is planned to seat 35,000 people, will be called Arena Baltika and will also host FC Baltika Kaliningrad of the Russian first division.
The project of the Stadium is said to be similar to the one of Munich’s Allianz Arena, which hosted matches during the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Kaliningrad, with a population of about 430,000, was long under threat as a World Cup venue as is took longer than other Russian cities to make a decision on a spot where the Stadium would be built.
Other Russian cities to host World Cup Matches in 2018 are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara. The games will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums, two of which are located in the Russian Capital.