As a major venue for the coming 2018 World Cup, the city of Volgograd is already preparing in earnest to welcome the fans to its fold.
Volgograd is one of the 11 locations for the massive football event Russia is hosting.
In fact, all the needed infrastructure projects are being constructed just in time when they host matches, four of them in the group stage, assigned to the city.
Formerly known as Stalingrad, Volgograd is a city of over one million population stretching alongside the Volga River.
On the history side, the city and the surrounding areas were the scene of the bloodiest battles of World War II, with the Battle of Stalingrad considered to be the turning point in the war.
Within the Volgograd region, the Team Base Camps are also being prepared and are available for selection of the national teams participating in next year’s World Cup.
A recent visit to Volgograd proved it is more than ready to serve as an important venue.
Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Vitaly Mutko and CEO of the Russia 2018 Organizing Committee Alexey Sorokin were convinced the city is more than capable to be a suitable place for players and fans to enjoy the quadrennial football tournament.
The first stop on the tour was the Volgograd International Airport, the arrival point for all travelling fans.
It will start operating at full capacity in April 2018, wherein the new domestic flight terminal is set to be fully operational. In line with FIFA requirements, the airport will serve to a minimum of 1,450 passengers per hour.
In addition, reconstruction of the existing domestic flight terminal is in full swing, with a bus station and air shuttle terminal set to open in February 2018.
Andrey Bocharov, Governor of the Volgograd Region, assured everyone that all works will be completed on time.
Another infrastructure project slated to enhance travel in Volgograd is the belt road along Volga shoreline.
The road will lead fans to the city’s main sporting venue, the Volgograd Arena – a 45,000-seater stadium, expected to be completed at the end of this year.
Volgograd Arena will also serve as venue to the final of the Russian Cup.
Aside from Volgograd, other Russian cities playing hosts to the 2018 World Cup are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.
World Cup 2018 will unfold June 14 to July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 aforementioned cities across the country.
Can Volgograd live up to expectations?