MOSCOW, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko warned Sunday that construction cost of all sports stadiums for the 2018 World Cup should remain at same level.
The cost of each newly-built arena should not exceed 400 U.S. dollars, Mutko said, adding the country was under pressure to rein in the rising sports construction budget.
The price of Zenit St. Petersburg's delayed arena reached 1.4 billion dollars, local sports media R-Sports reported.
"The stadiums should have one price," Mutko said, citing the almost finished Rubin Park Arena in Kazan at a cost of 396 million dollars as a good example.
According to the official, the arena is "highly effective and meets all FIFA standards."
The stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the University Games this summer and the group stage matches of the 2018 soccer games.
Russia's preparation works for the World Cup won recognition from FIFA recently. The football governing body's General Secretary Jerome Valcke told R-Sport Saturday that FIFA believed the preparation works were on track.