The Governor of the Kaliningrad region Anton Alikhanov
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KALININGRAD, December 19. /TASS/. Kaliningrad oblast to fully cope with the tasks of the regional preparations for the world Cup in 2018, four games which will be held in the capital of the amber land, the Governor considers Anton Alikhanov.
“Today we can confidently say that the region with the task of preparing for world Cup 2018 cope without delays”, – he said, speaking on Tuesday at an extraordinary session of the regional Duma, which issued a statement about the main directions of activities of the Governor and government for the next five years.
According to Alikhanov, “the region will receive for preparation football championship stadiums, not just new roads and bridges, training pitches, hotels, airport (you can continue to list), but most importantly, the opportunity to show itself to the world. And, of course, again to demonstrate proudly the Russian flag in the West of the country .”
The Governor also believes that the region was “lucky with the draw commands for four of the Kaliningrad match.”
Kaliningrad will host four games of the group stage: Croatia – Nigeria (group D, June 16), Serbia – Switzerland (group E, June 22), Spain – Morocco (group B, June 25), England – Belgium (group G, June 28). The team will perform at the stadium on Oktyabrsky island is in the final stage. According to the plan, arena with capacity of 35 thousand spectators 212 should be completed in December 2017.
In preparation for the world championship in Kaliningrad rekonstruiruet two historical bridges, High and Wood, which pass through the main water artery of the city – the river Pregel in the island of October. Recently, the city opened the first five star hotel built for the 2018 world Cup, the construction of two more hotels for the tournament. The introduction of objects in operation is planned for March-April 2018. During these spring months will culminate in a large-scale reconstruction of the Kaliningrad Khrabrovo international airport, which will create the most comfortable conditions for passengers, fans of the championship.