World Steel has jumped on the success of the football World Cup, highlighting the role of steel construction in the tournament’s arenas.
It says that the 11 World Cup host cities in Russia have experienced a massive boom in construction ahead of the event’s matches.
The boom is thanks to the decision to invest in steel infrastructure, including the laying on of over 728 trains for the one million football fans expected, and the creation of 5,500km of railway lines, for the event.
Other measures include expanding seating in a number of stadiums, including the 81,000-seater Moscow Luzhniki Stadium and the 41,000-seater Samara Arena where 13,000 tonnes of rolled metal steel were used forming the stadium’s roof. The St Petersburg stadium used 55,000 tonnes of Rusiian steel and will host the Cup’s semi-final.
Steel has played a vital role in allowing the stadiums to be versatile and extended for the greater numbers of fans expected for the football finals.