Athletic events help social and economic development of the host cities and countries
Thanks to the World Cup, we got 12 new arenas in 11 Russian cities that now are the centres of sports and culture life of many cities. <…> If you take a look at the cities where those arenas are located and that hosted the World Cup, they truly changed. <…> 30 regions were involved in hosting the World Cup one way or another. These regions got an invaluable experience in dealing with the tourist flow, as well as a new sports, training, and logistics infrastructure. <…> This economic effect will last for many years to come — Pavel Kolobkov, Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation.
For us, the World Cup was a whole milestone in urban environment: 17 road infrastructure facilities, new road junctions that help us make traffic less intense. <…> We would have never made such a breakthrough without the World Cup — Anton Alikhanov, Acting Governor of Kaliningrad Region.
We seriously developed our infrastructure – transport, subway, information technologies – all it was modernized. These projects were part of the plan to develop our country, but thanks to the World Cup they sped up. <…> If you use such events right, they can transform your society, your economy, your country. <…> A system for cooling down the stadiums [was created, – Ed.] Now we are getting it adjusted to outside spaces — Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy for 2022 FIFA World Cup.
London has enormous projects and new stadiums being built. School children need it, pub goers need it, everybody needs it. And all of it is done through foorball. We are getting new jobs, new sports facilities and the city developed — Sol Campbell, UEFA EURO 1996 Bronze medallist.