Two Of The 2018 World Cup Stadiums Have Started Crumbling After Heavy Rains

Big international sporting events - whether they be the World Cup, the Olympics or whatever - are, we're told, all about legacy.

The world is scattered with examples of tournament stadiums and facilities that have been left to rack and ruin after the international sporting bandwagon has left town, from the abandoned bobsleigh tracks of Sarajevo to the dilapidated ruins of the Athens softball stadium to the white elephants that dot South Africa after the 2010 World Cup.

One of the big fears going into Russia 2018 was that the outlying cities would suffer from lack of interest in football - a worry that seems to have been proved accurate already.

Two of the World Cup 2018 stadiums have already begun to show wear and tear, with a huge embankment collapsing in Volgograd and pavements washed away by flood waters in Nizhny Novgorod.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Ilya Varlamov, a blogger who has visited all host cities of the tournament, told the Daily Mail: "A few hours before the end of the championship, the stadium in Volgograd decided to sail to the River Volga."

The damage at the arena in Volgograd - where England played their opening game against Tunisia - has been attributed to a combination of shoddy workmanship and heavy rainfall.

Power was cut and water flowed freely from broken pipes and sewage drains in a stadium that cost almost £200 million to build.

Extensive rain was seen to have washed away an embankment right outside the Volgograd Arena, leaving a hole the size of a two storey house.

While no injuries were reported, it does cast aspersions over the standard of the roads in the area of the stadium, which was considered one of the key legacy points of the World Cup in the city.

Credit: East2West News
Credit: East2West News

Meanwhile, in Niznhy Novgorod, where England beat Panama 6-1 in their second group game, a pavement washed away and a roadway fell through outside of the stadium.

The Niznhy Novgorod Stadium cost £215 million and played host to six games at the 2018 World Cup, including England v Panama, Argentina v Croatia and France's quarter final win over Uruguay.

It is seen as one of the least viable stadiums of all those built for the tournament, as the local club, FC Nizhny Novgorod, were only founded in 2015 and play in the Russian Second Division to average crowds of around 5,000.

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