FIFA inspection finds problems with field in St. Petersburg

The deputy governor of St. Petersburg says FIFA has found problems with the retractable field at the stadium in the World Cup host city.

The 68,000-seat venue, which has been hit by repeated construction delays and is scheduled to host a semifinal game at the 2018 tournament, uses a mechanism to store the field outside and move it in for games, allowing the grass to grow better and avoid damage when non-sports events are held in the stadium.

St. Petersburg deputy governor Igor Albin, in comments to state news agency R-Sport, says a FIFA inspection on Monday had “concerns regarding the retractable field, access control and training fields.”

The stadium is expected to be finished next month, in time to host Confederations Cup games next year.

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