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12:00 AM, July 06, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 06, 2018

Moscow to open new fan area

Moscow will open a new fan area in the capital ahead of Russia's World Cup quarter final against Croatia, local officials said on Thursday citing heavy demand from soccer fans.

Russian fans are spellbound by the surprise success of the national team which has advanced to the quarterfinals.

The World Cup hosts' penalty shootout victory over Spain on Sunday prompted extraordinary scenes of street celebration in Moscow.

Moscow has one official FIFA fan zone located on the Sparrow Hills campus of Moscow State University.

"The fan zone is hugely popular. Tens of thousands of people are gathering to watch the games on Sparrow Hills. For fans' comfort we decided to organise an additional space to watch the games near the Spartak stadium," Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote on Twitter.

The new fan area will open on Saturday afternoon, Sobyanin wrote on Twitter.


Kazan mayor Ilsur Metshin has advised employers in the city to shorten the working day on Friday, when the city hosts the World Cup quarterfinal between Belgium and Brazil.

"Kazan's heads of organisations have been recommended to end the working day at 2pm. The corresponding decree was signed by Mayor of Kazan Ilsur Metshin," said the mayor's office.

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