As it was said by the Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko, construction of the stadium in Samara, which is to be built for the 2018 World Cup 2018, has stopped.
He also said that there are certain issues wth the stadium that is being built in Kaliningrad.
In turn, the head of the press service of the Samara Region Governor Ilya Chernyshev said that the construction of the stadium did not stop, but it was decided to change the contractor. He said that the reason for such a decision was the statement of the current contractor PSO “Kazan” about the need to increase the cost of construction.
According to Chernyshev, the new contractor will be chosen in the near future. He noted that changing the contractor will not affect the delivery date of the stadium. The agency “R-Sport” with reference to an informed source reported that the new contractor will be chosen among Samara construction companies.
“We have two big things this week. In Samara the stadium has stopped, we need to resolve this issue. I need to collect inspections while we think about the contractor. Also, a one-day trip to Kaliningrad is necessary, to solve the problem with the land. These are two very serious cases, two very complex issues,” Mutko said.
The FIFA World Cup will be held on June 14 – July 15, 2018 at 12 stadiums in 11 cities of Russia: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Sochi, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Volgograd and Samara.
6 matches are scheduled in Samara: 4 games of the group stage of the tournament, one match of 1/8 finals, and one of the quarter-finals.