A joint delegation made up of FIFA and Russia 2018 local organising committee representatives began its first official inspection of the World Cup stadiums on Thursday.
The delegation – made up of 40 experts from various sectors including designing and building stadiums, security and logistics gave the thumbs up to the Zenit Arena in St Petersburg one day one.
The team said it was satisfied with the course of construction works of the stadium and has no doubt that it will be ready in time for FIFA’s flagship event.
The eight-day trip will see the delegation also visit stadiums in Kazan, Sochi and Moscow.
The 2018 World Cup will be held at 12 stadiums located in 11 cities across Russia.