A general view shows the construction site of Kaliningrad stadium in the Baltic Sea port of Kaliningrad, Russia, July 18, 2015.REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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The scene looks more like a building project for the 2022 Qatar World Cup rather than Russia's 2018 Finals, with a flat sandy landscape stretching out to the far horizon.While construction work has yet to start on the delayed Baltika Arena stadium in Russia's Baltic Sea exclave, at least the land on which it is to be built has been made stable with 4.5 million tons of sand imported from quarries around Russia.After the final preparatory ground tests, work is due to start on the stadium at the end of July.Agalarov said the stadium construction would cost around 17.5 billion rubles ($307.36 million) despite the expensive ground works to combat the high water table and the weaker ruble, hit by Russia's economic downturn.
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