The city's 2018 FIFA World Cup multimedia press centers closed on Monday, July 16. They operated in all the World Cup host cities. During this time they were visited by over 12,000 people, including more than 2,500 foreign journalists and delegations from 76 countries.
One of Russia's largest news agencies, Rossiya Segodnya, acted as operator of the FIFA World Cup press centers.
"Our efforts were appreciated by the athletes. Conditions were created for them to provide their best reporting. The employees at the 11 press centers for the World Cup were working for them around the clock, said President Vladimir Putin at the gala concert "Night at the Bolshoi Theater."
Reviewing the work of Rossiya Segodnya employees, Editor-in-Chief of the news agency Margarita Simonyan said: "Our fantastic World Cup is over. Everyone who took part in organizing it did a good job. I would like to thank Rossiya Segodnya employees for the work they did at the 11 City Press Centers, and the RIA Novosti and Sputnik journalists and photographers for their coverage of the World Cup. They did a great job!"
The city multimedia press centers were opened for accredited Russian and foreign journalists and reporters on June 13 in 10 cities hosting the World Cup whereas the opening ceremony of the Moscow Press Center took place on June 5. It was attended by Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, Head of the Moscow Department of Physical Fitness and Sport Nikolai Gulyayev and Director-General of Rossiya Segodnya Dmitry Kiselev.
"During this time over 100 press events were held, including more than 300 news conferences, about 200 presentations by the regions, 159 tours, 65 workshops, and nine teleconferences. They included match broadcasts, press scrums, exhibitions, press tours and art group performances. More than 15,000 people, including Russian and foreign journalists from 76 countries were accredited at the City Press Centers, which also allowed them to visit the fan zones. The press centers in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Saransk were the most visited. FIFA-accredited journalists also visited our press centers, said Head of the Rossiya Segodnya Multimedia Press Center Olga Koleva.
Journalists appreciated the well-equipped workstations, the free Wi-Fi and lockers. They received over 320 MSS messages announcing different events during the World Cup. The hotline in Russian and English worked around the clock. During the day it received between 200 and 1,000 calls.
The press centers continuously presented photo and video materials, rendered information support and organized exclusive interviews for the Russian and foreign media.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup was held in 11 Russian cities from June 14 through July 15, 2018. Rossiya Segodnya successfully organized similar press centers during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014.