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Spartak Stadium Finish Delayed

15:20 04.02.2013 (Last updated 19:30 04.02.2013)

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MOSCOW, February 4 (R-Sport) - Spartak Moscow’s new 44,000-seater stadium, a World Cup 2018 venue, will open later than scheduled, the project leader said Monday.

The Spartak stadium will open May 2014, but had been set to finish construction this year.

“We are confident enough that the stadium will be ready in May 2014,” the head of the stadium company, Andrei Fedun, said, without providing a reason for the change.

The metal structure of the stadium is almost finished, Fedun added.

The Spartak stadium will also host matches at the 2017 Confederations Cup, a key World Cup test event.

A new station on Moscow’s underground rail network is being built nearby.

There was disruption at the construction site in November when bomb squad officers were called in to defuse a wartime aerial bomb found during excavation work.

A month earlier, a builder died in a fall at the site.

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