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Samara Prepares for 2018 FIFA World Cup

Located at the confluence of the Samara and Volga Rivers, the city of Samara is set to be a host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and work has already begun on a new state-of-the-art stadium for matches that will take place there. At a ceremony on 21 July, which was attended by President Vladimir Putin, a capsule containing messages from citizens of Samara to future generations was placed in the newly laid foundations of the stadium. With its cosmos-inspired theme highlighting the Samara oblast's role in Russia's aviation and space industries, the 45,000 seat stadium will become the future home of the Krylia Sovetov football club. It is anticipated that the stadium will be completed in mid-2017, along with the necessary infrastructure to accommodate the large numbers of football fans who will be attending the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Other cities hosting events include Sochi, Kazan, Moscow, St Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don.

Visitors will find a host of interesting attractions to explore when visiting Samara. Situated on the eastern bank of the Volga River, the waterfront is a popular leisure venue for locals and visitors alike. Boat rides, water sports and sidewalk cafés are all features of this vibrant area of Samara. The Singing Fountains are another attraction on the waterfront. Starting at 9pm and lasting for two hours, a multitude of colorful lights create a mesmerizing effect on the fountains of water that rise and fall in time to the music.

Other points of interest in and around the city include Stalin's bunker, an underground dugout that was constructed during World War II; a monument consisting of several soldiers in battle-mode dedicated to Russian Red Army commander Vasily Ivanovich Chapaev; the Rainbow Cultural and Exhibition Center; the Samara Space Museum and Exhibition Center; the Samara Regional Art Museum; and the Samara State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater.


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