The planned exterior for Zenit Arena (Transstroy)

(WFI) Renderings of one of Russia’s 2018 World Cup venues have been released.

Transstroy has begun construction on the exterior of Zenit Arena in St. Petersburg, which will host one of the semifinals at the 2018 FIFA tournament.

When completed, the building will be the only in eastern Europe with both a removable field and a retractable roof. It will hold 68,000 for football and 84,000 for cultural events.

After the tournament, it will serve as the new home for FC Zenit St. Petersburg of the Russian Premier League.

Leyton Orient Settles Dispute with Premier League

London’s Olympic Stadium (Getty Images)

A third-tier English side is dropping its protest against the upcoming West Ham United move.

Officials with Leyton Orient of League One are no longer pursuing their dispute against West Ham’s move to the London Olympic Stadium after reaching a “confidential agreement” with the Premier League.

West Ham reached a deal last year to play in the stadium starting in 2016, one that will find the club paying two million pounds a year in rent.

Leyton Orient had feared that West Ham’s proximity would affect crowds for its own matches.

City Government Key to San Antonio MLS Bid

Officials with a group hoping to bring a Major League Soccer team to San Antonio say they would need city help for a possible stadium expansion.

The existing 8,000-seat facility, Toyota Field, is home to the San Antonio Scorpions of the North American Soccer League. However, MLS dictates that facilities have at least 18,500 seats.

Scorpions owner Gordon Hartman says the price for the city would be “considerably lower” than what other cities have had to commit, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Support will hinge on whether the city’s incoming mayor, who has not yet been elected, is keen to the cause.

“It would have to make good business sense for the city,” said Ron Nirenberg, one mayoral hopeful. “I think it would be dangerous to get starstruck about having another professional franchise in San Antonio without doing our due diligence.”

Hartman hopes to unveil a rendering of the new stadium by the middle of this month.

The total bid for a new franchise would cost $75 to $100 million, though it is unknown how much of that is the new franchise fee and how much is for the stadium.

By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin

Homepage photo: Transstroy

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