- Title: Russia's World Cup stadium in Samara behind schedule
- Date: 23rd August 2017
- Summary: SAMARA, RUSSIA (AUGUST 23, 2017) (REUTERS) SAMARA STADIUM UNDER CONSTRUCTION EXCAVATOR AT WORK CONSTRUCTION CRANES NEAR STADIUM STADIUM CUP UNDER CONSTRUCTION VARIOUS OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) HEAD OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS AT SAMARA STADIUM, SERGEI PONOMARYOV, SAYING: "All the main construction works at the stadium has been completed. (PAUSING FOR TRANSLATION). Only decorations works are left." MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) HEAD OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS AT SAMARA STADIUM, SERGEI PONOMARYOV, SAYING: "The budget of the construction has been met. It was not easy but today it is done. The contract cost of the stadium is over 18 billion roubles." STADIUM PITCH UNDER CONSTRUCTION VARIOUS OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS IN PROGRESS NEWS CONFERENCE BY GOVERNOR OF SAMARA REGION, NIKOLAI MERKUSHKIN (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) GOVERNOR OF SAMARA REGION, NIKOLAI MERKUSHKIN, SAYING: "I consider the behind time relative. Because we are in the middle of the season. There are certain seasonal factor. Now the weather is good and the works are conducted ahead of the schedule. We had very bad weather in April, May and June." MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) GOVERNOR OF SAMARA REGION, NIKOLAI MERKUSHKIN, SAYING: "And now the works are conducted ahead of the schedule and I think in September we will be back on track." VARIOUS OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS
- Embargoed: 6th September 2017 16:36
- Keywords: World Cup Russia stadium in Samara construction schedule host cities soccer tournament
- Location: SAMARA, RUSSIA
- City: SAMARA, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Sport,World Cup
- Reuters ID: LVA0016VDPH6V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Construction work on the World Cup stadium in the Russian city of Samara is about 30 days behind schedule, the company building the venue said on Wednesday (August 23), adding it would make up the lost time.
Work on the new 45,000-seat stadium, one of 12 that will host World Cup matches next summer, has been plagued by delays over the past months.
Sergei Ponomaryov, the deputy head of general contractor PSO Kazan who is in charge for construction works at Samara stadium, told reporters that all major construction work at the venue would be finished by the end of the year, the initial deadline for its completion.
But on Wednesday cranes dominated the skyline above the venue and towering metal structures were supporting its roof.
The pitch has also not been laid, unlike at some other venues being built for the tournament.
The governor of the Samara region, Nikolai Merkushkin, blamed the delay on unfavourable weather, including heavy rain in the spring.
"In September we will be back on track," he said.
Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said last month there was "no doubt" the venue would be ready by the end of the year, TASS news agency reported.
The Samara Arena will host four group stage matches, a match in the round-of-16 and a quarter final.
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