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Fed Up FC Zenit Decide to Build Own Stadium

Published: January 14, 2014 (Issue # 1792)



  • New football stadium construction site on Krestovsky Island.
    Photo: Florstein / Wiki Commons

Zenit St. Petersburg football club has grown tired of waiting for its stadium on Krestovsky Island to be rebuilt, a project that began in 2007, and has signed a contract with a Swiss company to construct a new ground at breakneck speed.

Swiss construction company Nussli has agreed to build the new 25,000-seater stadium, which will be located on a 25-hectare plot close to Kupchino metro station, by the end of 2014, German magazine Stadionwelt reported.

Town planners are already working on the necessary documentation for the build.

Construction time will be reduced because the changing rooms, toilets and club merchandize shops are already available as ready-made modules, and the club will fund the project itself.

The stadium will primarily be built for the club's second team, but because the pitch will be made from quality artificial turf, the first team will also be able to play there, Fontanka.ru reported.

Oleg Deripaska's Transstroi started the reconstruction of Zenit's traditional home venue on Krestovsky Island, formerly known as the Kirov Stadium, seven years ago, but costs quickly spiraled from 6.7 billion to 43 billion rubles ($200 million to $1.2 billion). That figure was later reduced to 34.9 billion rubles.

In November Transstroi won a 12.5 billion ruble tender to finish the job, with the stadium slated for completion by the end of 2015.

Zenit have been based at the city's Petrovsky Stadium since the historic Kirov Stadium was demolished in 2006.

See also:

Sports Ministry to Oversee Stadium Construction for World Cup 2018





 


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Friday, Aug. 29


Park Pobedy will feature the sights and sounds of the world outside of Russia during the Open Art International Festival today. Taste foreign cuisine, learn how to make tea like the Chinese or relax in a hammock during the free event. Although entrance is free, you must register beforehand if you wish to attend.



Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in “Downton Abbey” if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


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Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russia’s best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russia’s most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkin’s, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontov’s short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library System’s website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Club’s weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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