A public screening of the 2018 FIFA World Cup games will be organized in Voronezh from June 14 to July 15, the Press Service of the City Hall reported on Monday, May 28. For this purpose a 10х12 meter stage structure and a 4х6 meter multimedia screen will be mounted on Admiralteyskaya Square.
The audience stands will be fit for 540 people. As representatives of the Press Service of the Regional Department of Physical Culture and Sports explained to the RIA “Voronezh” correspondent, the games will be broadcasted for free. No tickets are required. Viewers will be admitted to the territory on a first-come-first-served basis until the site is full.
A gate and fencing system and arched metal detectors will be mounted on Admiralteyskaya Square in order to provide safety of the audience. Security officers will examine football fans at the entrance. No alcohol will be allowed at the site.
The authorities are currently discussing the way the games will be broadcasted. There are two options. The first one implies screening by connecting to federal channels (Channel One, Russia-1 and Match TV). However, in doing so games will be interrupted with commercials. The second option is connecting to satellite television, but this requires additions expenses.
Also, the authorities have not yet decided whether all the games will be broadcasted to the big screen. The reason is the necessity to maintain public order. For example, most of the games end at 22:00 Moscow time, but some end at 23:00.
– If it is decided to broadcast all the games, it is most likely that after 22:00 the volume will be lowered, - representatives of the Press Service of the Regional Department of Physical Culture and Sports explained.
On the eve of the World Cup, “Chaika” and “Locomotiv” stadium have already undergone a large-scale reconstruction. In particular, “Chaika” now has a running track and a football field, “Locomotiv” has undergone capital repairs of the entrance arch and restoration of the shot put. In addition, the stadiums now have mounted and adjusted technical and organizational systems of provision of antiterrorist protection. The sites have guard posts, checkpoints and perimeter-wise fencing. Stadiums are also equipped with cameras.
Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to Central Federal District Alexey Gordeyev, who visited the stadium on Friday, May 4, highly appreciated the readiness of the venue for the championship. Alexey Gordeyev noted that Voronezh “coped well,” all the security issues were resolved. The FIFA delegation which visited Voronezh on the May holidays inspected “Chaika” and “Locomotiv” stadiums and graded their football fields with 7.5 and 7.2 points out of 10 respectively.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held from June 14 to July 15 of 2018. The Voronezh Region was included in the list of regions where the participating teams would practice. Voronezh was chosen as the training base for the championship by the National Team of Morocco.