Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Friday, February 22, 2019 05:10:46 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter
BREAKING NEWS:

After World Cup, Russians flock to matches

photo by

By Agency
06th-Feb-2019       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Many thought the football craze in Russia would not last and the shiny new stadiums built for the World Cup would rapidly become "white elephants" the country could not afford.
But in the six months since the hosting of the month-long football extravaganza some of the stadiums have attracted big crowds and attendance rates have gone through the roof.
Russia spent over $10 billion on stadiums and infrastructure for the World Cup. Each of the 11 host cities either got a brand new arena or had an existing one refurbished.
Of the seven brand new stadiums built for the tournament, three are located in Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod and Saransk. The three second-division clubs in these cities had record attendances in the 2018-2019 season.
Volgograd averaged more than 22,000 spectators per home game since the beginning of the season, according to statistics. Nizhny Novgorod averaged just under 20,000 spectators, while nearly 15,000 watched games in Saransk in central Russia.
Russian Premier League crowds have also been boosted. By the start of a winter break in December, average attendance in the top flight has grown by roughly 30 percent to 17,000 spectators per match compared to previous years.
Russian media have taken great delight in writing about the country's packed modern arenas, a far cry from windswept antiquated Soviet-era stadiums. In late August, a whopping 31,000 people gathered at Nizhny Novgorod's 45,000-seat stadium located at the confluence of the Volga and Oka rivers to watch FC Avangard Kursk beat the city's local team 1-0.
"Thank God football on the whole and players in particular have become very popular in Nizhny," said Alexei Rokotov, a sports journalist in the city of 1.2 million people.
He said residents -- and not just fans of the local team -- liked to spend their time at the stadium, comparing such outings to a visit to the movies.
"People just come to watch football, to look at the stadium, it's not far from the centre," he said.
At between 200 and 400 rubles (2.6 to 5 euros), ticket prices in the city are attractive too. Many had criticised the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games for their exorbitant costs, and one of the government's top concerns was to avoid the World Cup stadiums going to waste after the showpiece was over.
President Vladimir Putin has demanded officials draft a World Cup "legacy" programme to raise attendances and boost youth player development.
The sports-mad Russian leader banned local authorities from allowing the stadiums to be turned into outdoor markets like in the 1990s.
The authorities are pulling out all the stops to support football clubs in the cities where the new stadiums were built.
"In Russia, football is very politicised," said Kirill Kulakov, chief of the Moscow-based RMA Business School and head of its department of sport management.
In Nizhny Novgorod, authorities saved a local club from bankruptcy in the hope it would eventually join the top flight.
The region promised tax cuts to companies supporting the club.
Russia even moved Saint Petersburg-based Dynamo -- which had long languished in the shadow of Zenit Saint Petersburg -- to the Black Sea resort of Sochi to occupy the Fisht Olympic Stadium there.
It will play in the Russian second tier under a new name -- FC Sochi.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Cricket »

BD lose to NZ in third ODI


Sports Reporter :Despite Sabbir Rahman's century Bangladesh lost to New Zealand by 88 runs in the third and last One Day International (ODI) match at Dunedin in New Zealand on Wednesday. New Zealand clinched the ODI series 3-0.Sabbir hit a marvelous 102. His 110-ball innings was laced with 12 fours ...

Editorial »

True spirit of Ekushey must be reflected everywhere


THE nation solemnly remembers the supreme sacrifice of the valiant souls who laid down their lives to establish the right of our mother tongue Bangla as the state language of Pakistan on this day in 1952. As the pioneering movement that led to our ultimate independence, Ekushey invokes the emotional ...

International »

Palestinian President rejects tax money from Israel


Reuters, Ramallah, West Bank :The Palestinian Authority (PA) will no longer accept tax revenues collected on its behalf by Israel following its decision to trim the sum over the PA's financial support of militants' families, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said.The cash-strapped Palestinian Authority, an interim self-government body set up following ...

City »

President of Bangladesh Diploma Student Nurses Union Sadia Akhter speaking at a press conference in DRU auditorium on Wednesday demanding Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's intervention in resisting conspiracy to ruin nursing education.


.

Entertainment »

Strong and confident female characters attract Kriti Sanon


Actress Kriti Sanon is all set for a superb 2019 with Luka Chuppi, Arjun Patiala, Housefull 4 and Panipat. The characters the actress is essaying are strong-minded and confident as she is drawn towards such empowered characters. Kriti’s role in Bareilly Ki Barfi as Bitti was that of an independent ...

Editorial »

Prevent gas cylinder and pipeline explosions


GAS explosion has become very common in the country nowadays. Even if someone escapes death, the victim has to suffer burn injury or loss of valuable organs. The authorities concerned still did not take any effective step to control such incidents. In the latest incident, seven people including a couple ...

Entertainment »

Malaika Arora opens up about her divorce with Arbaaz Khan


Malaika Arora, who is recently making headlines for her relationship with Arjun Kapoor and the couples social PDA, recently opened up about her divorce with Arbaaz Khan on a radio show. Talking about her divorce she revealed that it was a mutual decision to part ways so that they could ...

City »

BNP Standing Committee Member Dr. Khondkar Mosharraf Hossain, among others, at a discussion organised by Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal at the Jatiya Press Club on Tuesday demanding release of BNP Chief Begum Khaleda Zia.


.

International »

Pakistan PM urges talks on Kashmir blast, warns India against attack


Reuters, Islamabad :Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday Pakistan was ready to cooperate with India in its investigation of a deadly bombing in the disputed Kashmir region last week, which India blamed on Pakistan, but warned of retaliation if attacked.Tension between the nuclear-armed neighbors has risen sharply over the ...

Sports »

Al Amin Zumar and Mukhtar Hossain of Daffodil International University receiving the championship trophy of the Inter-University Badminton Tournament and a cheque of Taka 15,000 from Dr Mohammed Farashuddin, Chairman, Board of Trustees of East West University, at the playground of East West University in the city on Monday.


.

Editorial »

Not memorization, students need analytical involvement


ABOUT one lakh students have applied to the Directorate of Primary Education (DPE) of the Primary and Mass Education Ministry for reexamination of their results, claiming that justice will be established if the authorities work properly. Some of students who failed in the examination alleged that they did not get ...

International »

`Crime may have been committed` by Trump: Ex-FBI official


AP, Washington :Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired Sunday that a "crime may have been committed" when President Donald Trump fired the head of the FBI and tried to publicly undermine an investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia. McCabe also said in the ...

Entertainment »

Moury Salim prefers challenging roles


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Actress of present generation Moury Salim has been engaged with acting for many days. Though she has been busy with acting for long time but could not get the opportunity to work in challenging roles properly or the directors did not utilise her acting quality appropriately. On ...

Cricket »

Girona beat Real Madrid


BBC Online :Real Madrid missed the chance to go second in La Liga as Girona came from behind to record a surprise away win on Sunday.Casemiro powerfully headed in from Toni Kroos' deep cross from the right wing to give the hosts a first-half lead.Cristhian Stuani's penalty made it 1-1 ...

City »

Director General of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute Dr. Abul Kalam Azad speaking at the inaugural ceremony of a training programme on 'Marker Assisted Selection' at its seminar room in Gazipur on Monday.


.

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news