2018 World Cup stadium in Rostov 7 months behind schedule

The 2018 World Cup stadium in the southern Russian city of Rostov is seven months behind schedule and faces a “tight deadline” to be ready in time.

The regional construction ministry says in a statement that the completion date for the 45,000-seat stadium has slipped from May 2017 to that December.

The ministry did not say what had gone wrong, but “given the tight deadline to build the stadium,” workers had been put on double shifts.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who chairs the World Cup organizing committee, has previously said he considers Rostov’s riverside arena to be among the most difficult of Russia’s 12 stadiums to build, and costs could rise.


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