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16 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 16 July, 2018 03:32:55 AM
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As WC ends, Russia stadiums face uncertain future

AFP
As WC ends, Russia stadiums face uncertain future

Russian President Vladimir Putin knows the legacy of his World Cup will be judged partly by the fate of the stadiums after the tournament and he is determined they are put to good use, reports AFP from Moscow. Russia has spent at least $4 billion (3.4 billion euros) on arena construction and refurbishments for the month-long showpiece. Stunning venues rose from the ground in developed cities far from Moscow such as Nizhny Novogrod on the Volga River and in small and isolated places like Saransk.

Putin's last TV phone-in show held a week before the tournament was unremarkable -- until the moment he decided to underscore the importance of 12 stadium's fate. Russia's dominant leader for most of the past two decades suddenly turned serious and even emotional. The regional bosses he was lecturing via video link froze behind their respective desks.

"I want to address colleagues from the regions," Putin said.

"No matter what, you cannot allow these venues to turn into some sort of markets like those in the mid-1990s."

The idea of Moscow's Luzhniki  Stadium becoming the go-to destination for second-hand clothes might puzzle fans lucky enough to have tickets for Sunday’s final between Croatia and France.

The 80,000-seat arena will be the focus of global attention and packed to the rafters.

But this will be Luzhniki on its good day.

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