TICKETS ON SALE BUT QUESTIONS REMAIN
Ticket sales are under way for the World Cup finals next year. As before, FIFA and the hosts are selling individual match tickets, venue-specific and teamspecific series.
However, several questions remain for Russian organisers.
Firstly, will they arrange new flight paths so fans can fly directly between regional venues rather than having to connect through Moscow? And will the promised system of free trains for ticket holders be ready in time to save fans costs on internal travel?
During the Confederations Cup earlier this year, the Russia 2018 local organising committee was proud to hand out free train tickets. But the take-up was mostly from home fans as foreign supporters had already paid for their own travel far in advance.
Foreign fans attending the finals need to know about trains when they book their flights and hotels. Otherwise the Russians will incur some critical headlines. And as organising CEO Alexey Sorokin knows only too well, there are plenty of critics out there looking to put the boot in.
Fans need to know about trains when they book flights and hotels
Locals...fans at the 2017 Confederations Cup
Nearly there...the World Cup countdown clock in front of Red Square and the Kremlin in Moscow