Football fans spend almost $1.6bn in Moscow during World Cup

Football fans spend almost $1.6bn in Moscow during World Cup

Football fans visiting Moscow during the World Cup added about 96.6 billion rubles ($1.6 billion) to the city coffers during the tournament, which ran from June 14 to July 15.

"[A total of] 3.8 million fans attended the World Cup in Russia and fans’ consumption growth in Moscow was estimated at 96.6 billion rubles," Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said at the Moscow Urban Forum.

"Speaking about expenditures connected with World Cup infrastructure, we didn’t make anything special in Moscow except for the renovation of Luzhniki Stadium to meet FIFA standards," R-Sport cited the mayor as saying.

"The construction cost us 25 billion rubles ($400 million), but it was our capital asset and we should get back half of the money we spent during a month," Sobyanin said, adding that World Cup expenses would see considerable payback.

Moscow hosted 12 World Cup games, including the opening match and the final – both of which were held at the 80,000-capacity Luzhniki Stadium.

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