In a month from now the stadium will officially be complete. Just in time to host its planned opening game in mid-April. This was confirmed by deputy governor Igor Guskov.
While it's true that the new stadium in Rostov-on-Don was supposed to be ready by the end of 2017, the building will safely host FIFA World Cup games in June. In a month from now it should be fully handed over and prepared for launch.
“To date the readiness is 95.5%. The system adjustments are starting, minor works are in the final stage. Document confirming compliance with regulations should be signed later this week. The act of commissioning should happen by the end of March.” said deputy governor Igor Guskov during a press meeting.
If all deadlines are met, there will be no problem with hosting the first league game of FK Rostov on April 15, against SKA Kahabarovsk. It's one of three test events required by FIFA before the stadium hosts its first tournament game in mid-June.
The 45,000-seat stadium has a budget of nearly RUB 20 billion, placing it among the more expensive World Cup venues. After the FIFA games it's expected to see capacity decrease to just under 38,000. This will safely suffice for domestic needs of FK Rostov.