On July 20, during his working visit to Kaliningrad, Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov took part in a joint meeting held by Russian President Vladimir Putin of the Presidential Council for the Development of Physical Culture and Sport and the Supervisory Board of the Russia 2018 Local Organizing Committee autonomous non-profit organization.
The meeting discussed the results of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the implementation of the heritage concept.
Minnikhanov reported on behalf of all heads of the regions that hosted matches of the FIFA World Cup. He said that about 300,000 tourists, 60 per cent of whom are foreigners, visited the republic during the event. Nearly 800,000 people attended the FIFA Fan Fest. According to experts, the total economic effect from the FIFA World Cup 2018 exceeded 11 billion roubles.
The issue of the heritage of sports infrastructure after the completion of major sporting events is not new to Tatarstan, Minnikhanov continued. After the Universiade 2013, 49 sports facilities, including swimming pools, stadiums, multifunctional sports complexes, Universiade Village, which is able to accommodate over 14,500 people, are actively used and are very popular among Kazan residents.
The Kazan-Arena stadium with a seating capacity of 45,000 spectators is the main facility of the heritage. "Given that this facility is unique, we found a team of young creative managers and set them the task to attract investors to make the facility accessible to everyone. Today the stadium has become a centre for family recreation. Matches of Football Premier League take 15 days a year. Such a facility is designed to be attended daily. For four years, about 500 million roubles of private investments have been attracted. More than 20 entrepreneurs are working there. As many as 700 jobs have been created, 20,000 square meters of leased land have been used. The stadium houses a fitness centre and sports clubs, the Children and Teenagers Development Centre, a hotel, the Danis Zaripov Hockey Center, a restaurant, a motorcycle saloon, a printing house and other facilities,” Tatarstan President noted.
"The World Cup gave a new impetus to the development of football in our country. The heritage of the World Cup 2018 allows us to bring up worthy successors for professional football clubs. Moreover, the volunteer movement is widely popularized in Kazan. It is symbolic that this has happened in the Year of Volunteers. The tourism gates of the republic are open in a new way. The transport infrastructure has also been further developed. I cannot fail to mention the security measures that were provided at a high level,” Minnikhanov added. “Together we have done large-scale work. I am sure no less significant sporting events lie ahead of us. We are always ready to hold them at a high level. "
Putin thanked Minnikhanov and other heads of the regions, where matches of the FIFA World Cup took place.
In his turn, Minnikhanov also thanked the President for his constant support and noted that the Championship has greatly contributed to the development of 11 cities that hosted matches.