The FIFA World Cup 2018 is not far away and excitement is building surrounding the showpiece event, to be hosted in Russia for the first time. As preparation, Moscow is getting a giant vuvuzela ahead of the World Cup, but the ear-splitting instrument will not be heard at stadiums, only at a Moscow park. The Sokolniki Park in Moscow will get a nine-metre ‘electric vuvuzela’ for football’s most global event.
The vuvuzela will be decorated white, blue and red of the Russian flag. It will sound ‘to honor the match winners,’ and will contain a microphone which responds to anyone who shouts into it. Through a hidden speaker, it will blast out match commentary during the tournament.
In contrast to the classical vuvuzela, the tone will be higher and the sound softer. The sound will not be higher than 120 decibels.
Although World Cup Organisers considered banning the instrument following complaints after the 2010 World Cup, there will only be vuvuzelas at the park, nowhere near the stadiums to adhere to Fifa’s ‘stadium code of conduct.
The World Cup kicks off in Russia on June 14 and runs until July 15. Games will be held at 12 stadiums in 11 host cities.