Question: Mr Sobyanin, Russia has been highly praised for organising the World Cup, and everyone agrees that the country deserves high marks for these efforts. How did Moscow cope with the inflow of tourists and football fans? Sergei Sobyanin : According to the latest statistics, 4. Taking the total into account, 3. The hotel occupancy rate exceeded 90 percent for the first time in many years, but no emergency measures were needed such as setting up tent camps. Many doubted that the metro would be able to cope with so many passengers during peak hours after the matches. As it so turned out, the metro system managed these extra loads extremely well. The Moscow Central Circle MCC helped a lot by easing congestion at Sportivnaya metro station, which itself was done up ahead of the World Cup with its traffic capacity increased by one third. After World Cup matches, it took football fans just over an hour to leave the stadiums and be on their way to wherever they were heading. We had to expand the capacity of the Fan Fest area from 25, to , people.
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It was the eleventh time the championships had been held in Europe, and the first time they were held in Eastern Europe. The tournament phase involved 32 teams, of which 31 came through qualifying competitions , while as the host nation Russia qualified automatically. Of the 32, 20 had also appeared in the event , while both Iceland and Panama made their first appearances at the World Cup.
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