Security during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off in Russia on Thursday, will be ensured at more than 170 tournament venues, CEO of the Local Organising Committee Alexey Sorokin said on Wednesday.
"Safety and security have also been our priority. We are fully compliant with the guarantee of the Russian government given at the bid stage and we have in place a very robust security concept... We'll be organising security at more than 170 tournament venues," Sorokin said during the 68th FIFA Congress in Moscow.
He added that fans arriving in Russia for the World Cup could benefit from a visa-free entry and free rides between and inside the host cities.
"We have additional incentives for our fans, visa-free entry is already in effect, all the ticket holders having proper Fan ID are able to entry into our country visa-free... Over a million Fan IDs are already issued to the fans. We also offer free railroad transportation to all ticket holders and of course free public transportation inside the host cities is available at match days," Sorokin said.
Russia will host its first World Cup from June 14 to July 15, with the fixtures set to be played at 12 stadiums across 11 cities.