Rus­sia work­ing to stop World Cup field from shak­ing

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Rus­sia is try­ing to stop the re­tractable field at a World Cup sta­dium from shak­ing.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Vi­taly Mutko said the field at the 68,000seat sta­dium in St. Peters­burg has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing problems with the mech­a­nism that al­lows it to be stored out­side and wheeled in for games.

He de­nied it will cause fur­ther de­lays for the arena, which is due to host Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup games next sum­mer and one of the World Cup semi­fi­nals in 2018.

“The is­sue is that the field rolls into the sta­dium on an un­sta­ble base and needs to be strength­ened,” Mutko said while vis­it­ing the sta­dium yes­ter­day in com­ments re­ported by lo­cal me­dia, adding that the prob­lem was “noth­ing un­usual” and the sta­dium would still meet its com­ple­tion date next month.

Ear­lier, the deputy gov­er­nor of St. Peters­burg said FIFA in­spec­tors also had con­cerns about ac­cess to the sta­dium and nearby train­ing fields, Rus­sian agency R-Sport re­ported.

The venue, which has been hit by re­peated con­struc­tion de­lays, al­lows the field to be stored out­side and re­tracted for games, al­low­ing the grass to grow bet­ter and avoid dam­age when non-sports events are held in the sta­dium.

Con­struc­tion on the sta­dium, lo­cated on an is­land in the River Neva es­tu­ary, be­gan a decade ago and has seen re­peated de­lays and dra­matic cost in­creases to around 43.8 bil­lion rubles ($690 mil­lion). The com­pany build­ing the sta­dium was re­placed ear­lier this year fol­low­ing a dis­pute with the city gov­ern­ment.

As well as the shak­ing field, other problems re­lated to the con­struc­tion of the sta­dium have in­cluded em­bez­zle­ment in­quiries and the deaths of at least eight work­ers.

This photo shows an in­side view of the football sta­dium, which is un­der con­struc­tion on Krestovsky Is­land, in St.Peters­burg, Rus­sia Photo: AP

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