MOSCOW (AP) Cost rises, worker deaths, and corruption have marred the building of Russia’s World Cup stadiums. Unlike at the 2014 tournament in Brazil, construction is largely on time. But, like in Brazil, there are concerns about legacy. Only five host cities have top-level clubs, and the government will need to cover the stadiums’ upkeep with subsidies after the tournament. Here is a look at the 12 stadiums in 11 cities across Russia and the matches being staged there: — LUZHNIKI STADIUM CITY: Moscow CAPACITY: 81,006 COST: 24 billion rubles ($410 million) for rebuild MATCHES: Russia vs. Saudi Arabia (June 14, opening match), Germany vs. Mexico (June 17), Portugal vs. Morocco (June 20), Denmark vs. France (June 26), one last-16 game (July 1), one semifinal (July 11), final (July 15) A vast bowl built in the 1950s to showcase the sports might of the Soviet Union, Luzhniki has been transformed to host the World Cup final. The old stands were ripped out and the athletics track from the 1980 Olympics torn up as the stadium was turned into a football-specific venue. That increases capacity and comfort, while bringing fans closer to the action. Luzhniki reopened on Nov. 11 when Argentina… Read full this story
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