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14 Jun 2018
Luzhniki Stadium reopens to host opening game of FIFA World Cup

The 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup kicks off today, marking the re-opening of what has been described as the "most high-tech stadium in World Cup history".

Originally built in 1956, the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow has been completely redeveloped for the World Cup, as part of a redesign led by Moscow-based studio Speech.

While the stadium's distinctive Soviet-era walls and roof form have been retained, it has been "brought into the 21st century" with a number of technological additions across the venue.

Access systems have been improved, the spectator journey has been transformed and modern media facilities have been added.

The stadium's capacity has also been increased from 78,000 to 81,000.

The works, which began in 2013, are understood to have cost around £309m.

Perhaps the most radical aspect of the stadium has been the installation of a part-synthetic pitch.

Supplied by SIS Pitches, the SISGrass system consists of 95 per cent natural turf reinforced with plastic.

When Luzhniki hosts the final of the competition on 15 July, it will be the first time a World Cup final will be played on a part-synthetic pitch.

The pitch is set to host seven games in just four weeks, so a team of 12 experts from SIS Pitches has been flown in to maintain the surface during the event.

“Luzhniki will have the heaviest programme of games and training sessions," said SIS chief executive George Mullan. "Not to mention the opening ceremony and all the rehearsals."

“Maintaining a pitch under these circumstances can be challenging as the opening ceremony is taking place on the pitch just half an hour before the first game kicks off."

This year's World Cup is being played out at 12 stadiums across 11 cities.


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16 Jan 2019
Feliciano-Chon, Soma named co-chairs of 2019 GWS
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has named Catherine Feliciano-Chon – a leading brand development and communications expert with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai – and Tokyo-based spa/wellness investor and entrepreneur Yoriko Soma to co-chair the 2019 Summit, which is set to take place 15-17 October a the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.
14 Jan 2019
Bids are in for 2026 Winter Olympic Games – Stockholm and Milan to contest two-horse race
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has received official submission from two bid teams for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.
10 Jan 2019
Former Questex employees launch new hosted buyer event
Monica Helmstetter and Lucy Hugo, formerly of Questex Media, have announced the launch of a new event company this week, We Work Well Inc, which they describe as “the next generation of hosted buyer events”.
20 Dec 2018
ActiveLab attracts record number of international applications
A record number of international startups have entered the ActiveLab accelerator programme – strengthening the UK's reputation as a fitness tech hub.
17 Dec 2018
US to have professional T20 cricket competition 'by 2021'
USA Cricket plans to set up a professional T20 cricket league in the country by 2021.
12 Dec 2018
FIBO and Leisure Media announce collaboration
FIBO Global Fitness, organiser of the FIBO portfolio of fitness shows, has announced a partnership with global publisher, Leisure Media.
11 Dec 2018
Sector leaders call for 'preventative health push' to get people more active
Physical activity sector leaders, parliamentarians and leading figures in health and business have called for the strengthening of preventative health measures in the UK.
05 Dec 2018
Inaugural FIBO USA kicks off in Florida, challenging IHRSA Convention
The first ever FIBO USA kicks off in Orlando, Florida today (5 December 2018), directly challenging the established IHRSA International Convention and Trade Show.
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