The Nizhny Novgorod region prepares to host the FIFA World Cup 2018. A new stadium will be built in the region to hold a world-class sports event. A unique place was chosen for the construction of the stadium. The place is known as the Arrow, for it is the confluence of two rivers. This is a well-known and image-making location for the whole region. FIFA experts have already estimated the project as "excellent."
According to local officials, the Arrow was chosen for several reasons. First, it is the center of the city of Nizhny Novgorod. Secondly, it has very good transport communication: two kilometers to the railway station, two kilometers to the river station and four kilometers to Minin Square, where the fan zone will be organized.
According to architects, the stadium will fit perfectly into the landscape area and will not contradict to building accents.
"We need a good place for a variety of events. Moreover, the project stipulates a possibility of transforming the stadium, regulating the quantity of stands. It will be possible to use it not only for football competitions, but also, for example, for equestrian sports, track athletics - anything, " said the head of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, Valery Shantsev.
The governor also said that the construction of the unique stadium by Russian standards would give a great impetus to the development of regional sports.
On December 19, 2012 Nizhny Novgorod signed a state contract for the design and survey works for the construction of the 45,000-strong stadium for the games of the World Cup 2018.