Russia to Build Stands Outside of 2018 World Cup Stadium to Increase Capacity

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2017

EKATERINBURG, RUSSIA - AUGUST 19:  A general view of the constraction site of the Ekaterinburg Arena on August 19, 2017 in Ekaterinburg, Russia.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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Stands have been built outside the Ekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, in order to comply with minimum capacity rules ahead of next year's FIFA World Cup in the country.

Per Yahoo Sport UK and 90Min (h/t Sports Illustrated), drastic measures have had to be taken to ensure the stadium meets the minimum required 35,000 capacity for the tournament:

Per 90Min's report, the ground's capacity will, in fact, increase to 45,000 for the tournament, which will run from June 14 to July 15, 2018.

It is one of 12 venues across 11 cities that will host matches, as Germany look to defend their 2014 title.

Along with hosts Russia, Brazil, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Belgium and Mexico have already secured their places in the tournament.