The future of the Nizhny Novgorod stadium being used for the 2018 FIFA World Cup is yet to be decided, but it will definitely be multifaceted, said Nizhny Novgorod Region Sports Minister Sergei Panov.
"We need a football team, which we have, for the stadium to exist and develop; this is the first thing. Hosting concerts and mass events is the second. Using and renting out the rooms is the third thing we have to do. Using the area around the stadium as a venue takes fourth place on our list," Panov noted.
In addition, Panov said the arena would possibly become a separate landmark that both Russian and foreign tourists would like to see and remember as a World Cup host stadium in the years to come.
"Football stadiums all over the world bring in revenue by giving tours around the locker rooms once used by teams. There is no doubt the same will be organized at the arena," the minister said.
Panov also hoped the World Cup excitement would also give a boost to the region's interest in sports in general.
"The city is changing and we see a higher level of hospitality and friendliness. There is no tension: win or no win, everyone simply is enjoying themselves. I would like for this atmosphere and this passion for sports to remain after the World Cup," he said.