FIFA Agrees To 81,000 Capacity For Luzhniki Stadium, Will Undergo Minimal Refurbishments
A Moscow City Hall official said Tuesday that "FIFA has allowed Moscow to reduce the seating capacity of Luzhniki Stadium to 81,000 for the 2018 World Cup," according to R-SPORT. Plans already approved by FIFA "had envisaged 89,000 seated places at the cavernous arena." FIFA's concession "allows the stadium to undergo minimal refurbishments." Moscow acting Deputy Mayor Marat Khusnullin said, "This means that Luzhniki will be saved" (R-SPORT, 8/6).