MOSCOW – Construction on one of Russia’s most delayed stadiums for the 2018 World Cup has finally begun.
The 35,000-capacity Kaliningrad stadium near the Polish border was delayed due to a dispute between Russia’s federal government and regional authorities over where the stadium should be built. The regional government eventually prevailed with its plan to establish the stadium on an island in the Pragolya River.
With less than three years until the tournament, construction work began on the foundation on Friday, with the acting regional governor in attendance and saw the first post sunk into the ground. Russian officials say the stadium will be ready for the World Cup, although a full contract to build the arena has yet to be signed.