Sochi fully ready to host matches of the confederations Cup football

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Filippoupolitis in Photobacterium Fisht. Archival photoSochi fully ready to host matches of the confederations Cup football© RIA Novosti / Alexei Filippoupolitis the image Bank

Sochi, which in 2014 was the capital of the winter Olympic games, completely ready to deliver no less important event – the confederations Cup matches.

Stadium «fischt», which held the opening and closing ceremonies, will host four matches – three group stage games and semi-finals of the tournament. The first match will take place in Sochi on 19 June — it will play the teams of Germany and Australia.

The infrastructure of Sochi was generally ready to host the confederations Cup. The city has a wealth of experience gained through the Olympics and the annual stages of «Formula-1». For the 2014 Games has been upgraded to the Sochi airport, built a new transport interchange and hotel, designed barrier-free environment for people with disabilities.

The mayor of Sochi Anatoly Pakhomov said that after the in 2014 Olympic games Sochi ready for any big event. «The confederations Cup made us a little work: it was necessary to bring to mind a sports stadium «fischt». It was done successfully. The urban environment is always maintained at a high level, the city is very welcoming. We are ready on 100%, welcome to the confederations Cup!» — invited guests of the city mayor.

Safety at height

The Fisht stadium was built in 2013 and the purpose of the arena was not the only event of the Games-2014, but the matches of the confederations Cup and the world football championship-2018. However, after the Olympics the stadium needed reconstruction, so he can have a football game. Was removed from the pavilions and the roof, and completed permanent and temporary stands, which had increased the capacity of the arena instead of 40 thousand spectators now she can take 47 thousand.

While at the confederations Cup, part of the temporary stands, the safety of which was questioned due to a lack of sturdy handrails, and the lack of supports for the feet of spectators, will not be used. «Part of the temporary stands at the «Fisht» in the confederations Cup will not be used. Will be cutting some. The decision is made, we remove around 1000 seats, the stadium capacity will be about 47 thousand people. The world Cup is not discussed», — said General Director of the organizing Committee «Russia-2018» Alexey Sorokin.

The Germans all happy

The world Champions, the German national team players will be in Sochi just two matches in the group stage. On 19 June they will play at the «Fischt» with the Australian team, and on June 25 – with the national team of Cameroon. On 15 June the Germans had a first official training, and, as stated by the Manager of the German national team Oliver Bierhoff, until the team is satisfied with their stay in Russia. «First impressions were very pleasant — admitted Bierhoff in conversation with German journalists. – From the hotel we can see the sea, the sky is blue and the conditions were excellent. Everything is perfectly organised».

In addition, Sochi will host a group stage game between Mexico and New Zealand, as well as the semi-finals of the confederations Cup, which will be held on June 29.

Sochi fully ready to host matches of the confederations Cup football© RIA Novosti, Integratiebeleid in photobackpack confederations 2017