The Olympic Stadium that held Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Sochi is set to host soccer matches a little earlier than expected.
Sochi’s soccer club, FC Zhemchuzhina, is being reformed, Russia Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko said, according to Inside World Football, citing Russian news agency ITAR-TASS.
“The stadium will be handed over to the Krasnodar Region, and they have everything at their disposal which abides to the standards set by FIFA,” Mutko said. “The stadium will soon have a football club. We will return the traditions of Sochi’s Zhemchuzhina.”
FC Zhemchuzhina’s last recorded match on its R-Sport club page was in 2011.
Fisht Stadium was already going to be converted for soccer after the Paralympics because its one of the venues for the 2017 Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup.