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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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Wednesday, Oct. 22


English teachers can expect to receive a few useful pointers today from Evgeny Kalashnikov, the British Council regional teacher, during the EFL Seminar this afternoon hosted by the British Book Center. The topic of today’s seminar is “Grammar Practice.”


Young Petersburgers will get the chance to jumpstart their careers at “Professional Growth,” a job fair and forum featuring more than 40 major Russian and international companies vying for potential candidates for future positions. The forum not only is a chance to network but also to learn more about the modern business world and to understand what it takes to get the job you want.



Thursday, Oct. 23


AmCham’s Public Relations Committee meeting is scheduled to meet this morning at 9 a.m. in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center.


Sportsmen get their chance to stock up on all kinds of gear at the Hunting and Fishing 2014 exhibition starting today at Lenexpo. Everything from rods and reels to boats, motorcycles and equipment for underwater hunting will be on sale so that any avid outdoorsman can always be prepared.



Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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