Final list of Russian cities to host 2018 World Cup to be announced
September 6, 2012
The final list of host cities for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be announced later this month, the tournament's officials recently reported, according to Reuters.
"The Local Organizing Committee [LOC] and FIFA will announce the host cities on September 29 in Moscow," LOC said in a statement.
There are 13 cities in the running - Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Yaroslavl, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Samara, Saransk, Volgograd, Krasnodar, Rostov, Sochi and Yekaterinburg. It is expected that 11 will make the final list. Some have already been selected, as Moscow's Luzhniki stadium will host the final and Sports Minister and head of LOC Vitaly Mutko also reported that St. Petersburg will get a semifinal game, RIA Novosti reports. As expected, all of the cities are hoping for the chance to host such a large event.
The tournament will have 12 different stadiums in 11 different cities. Moscow will be the city in which two stadiums will be - Luzhniki and another one will be chosen between two 45,000-seat facilities, which are currently being built by Spartak and Dynamo clubs, according to the news source.
Russia earned their shot at hosting this famous event by beating out England and bids from Spain-Portugal and Belgium-Netherlands. The country earned this in December 2010, and is already gearing up for the 32-team competition. Even though this is about the 2018 World Cup, soccer fans can also get ready for the 2014 event, which will be hosted in Brazil.