Did you know that Russia has invested a mind-boggling 700 billion rubles and eight years into getting everything ready for the FIFA World Cup 2018? That effort has certainly got translated into a roaring success as fans seem to be making the best use of the carnival-like atmosphere in the nation.
So, how exactly has Russia managed everything so beautifully and played the perfect World Cup host? Here are some interesting revelations.
Free Trains for Fans
This is one of the most wonderful things done by the host country for this tournament: free trains that will zigzag around Russia throughout the four weeks of football fever. These trains don’t just work as a means of transport but also connect all the visiting fans that have come from every nook and corner of the world. Egyptians, Brazilians, Spaniards, Saudi Arabians and Tunisians have all found a home on wheels.
The local organisers have arranged for around 736 trains that will be running during the tournament and the spectators can make use of free transport between tournament host cities. All they have to do is flash their match tickets or documents granting access to the match.
Exceptional Crowd Management and Security
The local authorities have created strict security procedures for controlling hooliganism, which includes keeping Russian fans under check that had caused trouble at the 2016 European Championship in France and other soccer events. Russia’s public safety and security forces have joined hands with the private security teams in the stadiums as well to ensure that the celebratory football atmosphere remains intact in the 11 host cities and Russia as a whole.
Fan zones Are a Hit
Fan zones have become very popular during the World Cup. Live music is organised post matches and local and foreign fans groove to international DJs in these areas. The food and alcohol are a tad expensive in these zones but the spirited atmosphere attracts hundreds of visitors who queue up for the entry.
Beyond these mega arrangements, the best part still remains the warmth of Russian people who are happy to host fans at their homes and even offer food and drink to make visitors comfortable. Right from pedestrian-only walkways, FIFA Fan Fests, street cafes and fancy nightclubs, the World Cup has indeed got converted into one large party.