The St. Petersburg government denied speculation Wednesday that part of the $1.3 billion cost of a World Cup stadium currently under construction would come from public donations.
The arena, which will host a World Cup 2018 semifinal and Zenit St. Petersburg games, was due to open in 2008 but has suffered repeated delays and ever-rising costs, a process that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said last month “looks disgraceful.”
St. Petersburg residents are welcome to help with the construction, city governor Georgy Poltavchenko told local television last week, but denied Wednesday he had been seeking financial assistance from locals.
“It’s completely possible there’ll be a proposal to the inhabitants of our city, especially football-lovers, to take part in some work on the stadium," he said.
The governor said Wednesday this had not been an appeal for donations, but that he instead wanted locals to carry out construction work on the site for free.
“I was talking about, probably, that it’s right to take part in building the stadium, the issue is voluntary participation in the building work itself,” he said.
“We won’t be collecting money from anyone at all, obviously.”
The cost of the stadium was increased by $344 million when the latest estimate from the city government was released last week.
Poltavchenko said the figure could still change after a federal agency that regulates major infrastructure projects analyses the build.
The stadium’s capacity will be 68,000, increased from the original figure of 62,000 to fit FIFA’s plans for the World Cup.
The completion date is set for 2014, Alexei Sorokin, the head of Russia’s World Cup organizing committee has said, although some reports have claimed the project may only be completed in 2017.
The stadium was designed to look like a spaceship by renowned Japanese architect Kisho Kurosawa, who died in 2007.
The fact of registration and authorization of users on Sputnik websites via users’ account or accounts on social networks indicates acceptance of these rules.
Users are obliged abide by national and international laws. Users are obliged to speak respectfully to the other participants in the discussion, readers and individuals referenced in the posts.
The websites’ administration has the right to delete comments made in languages other than the language of the majority of the websites’ content.
In all language versions of the sputniknews.com websites any comments posted can be edited.
A user comment will be deleted if it:
The administration has the right to block a user’s access to the page or delete a user’s account without notice if the user is in violation of these rules or if behavior indicating said violation is detected.
Users can initiate the recovery of their account / unlock access by contacting the moderators at firstname.lastname@example.org
The letter must contain:
If the moderators deem it possible to restore the account / unlock access, it will be done.
In the case of repeated violations of the rules above resulting in a second block of a user’s account, access cannot be restored.
To contact the team of moderators, write to email@example.com