Construction is already under way at World Cup 2018 facilities across Russia. (Getty Images)

Russian Host Cities Meet to Review Guidelines

The Russia 2018 host cities have received guidelines for how they should proceed with design and construction of arenas for the event, according to FIFA.

Arena-2018, in cooperation with the Russia 2018 Local Organizing Committee (LOC), presented host cities with the Stadium Requirements Handbook as part of a workshop July 23 and 24. The six workshop attendees included those involved in design and construction, regional representatives, and international stadium operations consultants.

The handbook consolidates FIFA’s infrastructure requirements with information culled from previous World Cup building efforts.

“As the organisations authorised to prepared for and stage the 2018 World Cup,” said Alexey Sorokin, CEO of the Russia 2018 LOC, “it’s definitely the case that the LOC and Arena-18 have an interest above all in ensuring that the stadiums build for the tournament comply with FIFA requirements.”

The presentation made a point of emphasizing sustainable development with special attention paid to energy consumption, environmentally friendly transport, and compliance with environmental standards on a community-by-community basis.

Sorokin also pointed out that the decisions made now will last well beyond 2018.

“The success of the World Cup in Russia will depend not just on how well it is organised, but also how effectively the facilities are used after the tournament…[I]t’s right now, in the design stage, that we must make sure the stadiums are multipurpose.”

City and team officials announced a new stadium for D.C. United on Thursday (Getty Images)

DC United, City Officials Agree to New Stadium

A report from the Times of India says city officials reached an accord with DC United on terms for a new $300 million football-only stadium to keep the club in Washington.

The two sides are planning to split the cost of the stadium. Barring setbacks, the stadium will open in 2016 in Buzzard Point, an industrial section of southwest Washington.

DC has played at RFK Stadium, an out-of-date former baseball and American football stadium, since it became one of Major League Soccer’s original clubs in 1996. During that time, several relocation options have been considered, including suburban Maryland, Virginia, and Baltimore. .
Co-owner Jason Levien said he’s been trying to keep the team in the city since acquiring it last year.

“This is a landmark day for D.C. United,” said Levien.

Though details have not been finalized, the new stadium is slated to hold between 20,000 and 25,000 fans. The city’s half of the funds will go toward the land and infrastructure, while United will be charged with the construction of the facilities.

San Jose Opening Pushed to Mid-2014

While D.C. begins its journey toward a new stadium, San Jose’s is nearly complete. However, the San Jose Mercury News says the new facility’s opening isn’t a close as originally envisioned.

The San Jose Earthquakes announced on Monday that their new stadium will not open until the second half of the 2014 season due to excavation issues at the construction site.

Builders discovered concrete vaults at deeper points than originally anticipated, pushing construction back on the planned 18,000-seat stadium. The privately financed $60 million edifice will be located across the street from Mineta San Jose International Airport.

To compensate for the delay, the Earthquakes will play eight home games at Buck Shaw Stadium, one at Stanford University, and nine at the new facility. The official date will remain a mystery until MLS determines how the schedule with be affected by next year’s World Cup.

By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin

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