As Nizhny Novgorod prepares for world Cup: our expertise

Nizhny Novgorod – an ancient Russian city founded in the 13th century. He is known primarily for local people’s militia Kuzma Minin and Dmitry Pozharsky. Once just a small merchant town was called “the pocket of Russia”, is now a city-the organizer of the world Cup, which he carefully prepared. As it turns out – decided to check out the “MK”. Live


In Nizhny Novgorod even built a new terminal of the airport “Strigino”. The traffic at peak times will be 1600 people per hour.

Arrived in Bottom of Moscow journalists joined the discussion: someone said that during the 2018 world Cup to handle all the airport workers will fail, someone, on the contrary, assured that everything will go flawlessly. Agreed that after the world Cup of the international airport will be enough. While preparing the extension for another 2/3 of the entire area of Strigino.

Visually, all perfect: digital signage, comfortable waiting rooms, elevators and escalators, except that the inscription in the baggage claim area “Welcome to the Lower Novodor” suggests confusion. Later acting Governor Gleb Nikitin will be called to treat the error with humor: “This greatly increased the interest in our city, especially since the poster already dismantled”.

To get to the city from the airport, by the way, it will be possible in two ways: the official carriers taxi to the centre of Nizhniy Novgorod promised to drop off for 800 rubles. “For the world Championship planned price increases, but most likely this will not happen,” said the driver of an official taxi. Most importantly, what no one thought to bring foreign journalists or fans for $ 1,000, as did Moscow was bombed during the Confederations Cup.

The second method is the so-called taxi: 1.5 hours – and you in the city centre. In just 28 rubles! The truth will have to admit that the conditions aren’t too comfortable.

Another innovation of Nizhny Novgorod – a renovated train station. Throughput which has grown from 7 to 9 thousand people per hour. The station was almost completely rebuilt: the old building resemble two large panels in the Central part of the station. Residents of the capital, of course, it seems small, but the local delights. “You would know what was going on – note the Nizhny Novgorod – now clean and modern, and the area has clearly increased.”

The world Cup obviously makes life better in Russia.

A city of contrasts

Even a Brazilian colleague said: “Now there are a lot of repair.” But ahead of two months of work and probably everything will be much better.

But in Nizhny Novgorod clearly a city of contrasts. To say about it, leave a new modern airport. You will come across dozens of wooden dilapidated houses and standing in front of the newly constructed high-rise: all are houses.

The view will change to a large Park “Switzerland” on the fence which in some places is not found in the plaster. Then will appear the most unusual Bank branch, located right at the bus stop, with an area of 3-4 square meters. Past will pass an old but painted in the same orange colour buses and trolleybuses. On the hill and opens a wonderful view of the new modern stadium, Nizhniy Novgorod and one of the highest temples of Russia – Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. During a trip on the cable car under the cabin appears a football field on the roof and big river.

All of this is real Russia. And no matter how you try, a ruined hut not to hide, except for using Potemkin village. However, it is hard to believe that modern aliens are not suspect something was wrong. Yes, and don’t need the village at all: because if you wish to pick on you for anything.

The world Cup is a celebration of football, where the host country shares its culture and adopts a new tradition at the hotel. Nizhny Novgorod obviously have something to give away. This walk along the main pedestrian street Bolshaya Pokrovskaya, where there is a cafe with very athletic for Russia called “Vitalich”. Journalists instantly renamed it “Lentic”, remembering the Deputy Prime Minister Mutko. And tours with dozens of legends in the Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin. And museums with exhibitions. And the festival fans FIFA, which will soon appear on the square of Minin and Pozharsky, near the city’s press center. And beautiful panorama of the confluence of the Volga and the Oka.

And whatever it was, the feast of football should not be a holiday only for guests. “In fact, the city is much better. Restored dozens of buildings, built the stadium, repaired roads and continue to do,” admitted the Ambassador of Nizhny Novgorod world Cup Pavel Zanozin. Agree with him and many of the citizens. The upcoming 2018 FIFA world Cup has already enabled local residents to enjoy new roads, train stations, airports and stadiums, which is why it is necessary for Russia.


“I guess you will need a few minutes to enjoy the view” – began a tour of the stadium Zanozin.

View of the arena, Nizhniy Novgorod, indeed, opened the extraordinary. If it was ready for operation early, Danila Kozlovsky, probably to the end of your movie chose it.

White-blue colors of the stadium and the wavy-the podium located immediately reminded of the broad rivers, which is Nizhny Novgorod.

But the real tale came when the audience started “the wave”: the stadium was alive and the impression that everything happens here, in Nizhny Novgorod and anywhere abroad on the set of the cult film. Even the FNL match between the local “Olympian” and Volgograd “Rotor” was very cinematic: the England captain scored on the 93rd minute, giving the team and its fans a major victory.

The audience, which on this day at the stadium, there were about 26 thousand (which, according to Pavel Zanozin, an absolute record for the Nizhny Novgorod football), of course, came not only to support the team, but to explore a new city landmark. Here gathered people from different ages: from the students of sports schools, ending with the pensioners. On fan sector in the white shirt just over 100 people actively supported the “Olympian”, and thanks to the excellent acoustics of the guys could be heard from anywhere in the stadium. By the way, when they reached the 42nd, the top row of the bleachers, upset only one thing: the difficulty in lifting. But one hand was visible to any point of the field, and on the other a scenic view of the Volga river, the Kremlin and the Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky, so that tickets of a lower category can hardly be called undervalued.

Outside the stadium, someone recalled the arena in Krasnodar. 88 outer triangular columns and 44 internal, do something like a creation of Sergey Galitsky. A Brazilian colleague has noticed that the Nizhniy Novgorod building similar to the stadium “mane Garrincha”.

With regard to infrastructure, the path to the stadium work for a local not be made. Before the match operated shuttles, and in mid-may planned opening of the metro station “Arrow”. Spacious Parking is ready to receive its first visitors.

But the story would not be similar to the domestic, if the toilet of the stadium on the hand dryer, forgetting about the need for sockets if not operated for one bathroom in the area for journalists, because if the wind because of the open exterior facade didn’t blow everything up.

Though most of the mentioned problems, the little things. Moreover, progress is evident. “The lawn was much better than it was in the first test match, said head coach of “Rotor” Sergey Pavlov. – But here, in Volgograd, the field, of course, better.”

It is a pity the future of this modern and elegant stadium is very slim. In the region there is no team in the Premier League, and according to the acting Governor Gleb Nikitin stadium maintenance will cost 300-350 million per year. His Deputy Dmitry Svatkovsky say about the concerts, sports tournaments, which, in his opinion, will have to help the arena, and Pavel Zanozin, sighing, hope for the appearance of the team in the Premier League.


After 1.5 months in the arena of “Nizhny Novgorod” will play the teams of Costa Rica, England, Sweden, South Korea, Panama and Croatia, there will hold the 1/8 finals and the quarterfinals of the world Cup. I’m sure the stadium all participants will enjoy. And then the guests disperse and only the locals Yes, reporters who will make a documentary. To come to the stadium “Nizhny Novgorod” will make just as dramatic a game against the “Rotor” demonstrated “Olympian”. Therefore, all hope for the young Nizhny Novgorod team.

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Daria Kirikova

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