The ever time delayed Krestovsky stadium (Zenit Arena) in St. Petersburg played host to 10,000 locals free of charge for an extreme sports show.
The cities deputy governor, Igor Albin, declared it was to test "security systems, logistics, and other systems".
World-cup-hotels.net has previously reported on the latest delays caused by the retractable pitch vibrating at unacceptably high levels, and there have been a myriad of delays ranging from contractor changes to alleged corruption from fraud investigations.
Tass Sport reports that some visitors were impressed, and that the stadium will bring good luck to the city.
The stadium will host the FIFA Confederations Cup later this year, and of course the 2018 World Cup.
2x2, a Russian television channel has released a spoof video that mocks the continuous delays surrounding the Krevstovsky Stadium in St Petersburg. The video asks "Does your child finish their construction sets too quickly? Don't know what to occupy them with?" followed up by "Give them Lego Zenit Arena. You won't be able to build it at the first, second and even third attempt! Even your child will understand the real meaning of 'useless waste of money'.
The stadiums original budget was 6.7bn Roubles ($110m) and was expected to finish in 2011 but development has had continuous delays with changes of contractors and finding that the pitch was unstable due to high vibration levels caused by the retractable system. The final cost is expected to be 48bn Roubles ($800m), roughly seven times the original budget.
World Cups are often subject to stadium delays. In 2014, Fifa issued an ultimatum to the city of Curitiba over the completion of Arena da Baixada and in 2009 a strike halted the construction of the South African stadiums.
The draw for the World Cup will be held in the Kremlin in Moscow on December 1st with the deadline to buy tickets running until January 19th. The move underlines the importance of the competition to the Russian government. The drawing will take place in the State Kremlin Palace, historically used for house meetings but now used as a concert hall with a 6,000 capacity.
FIFA have announced the ticket pricing the Russia 2018. The cheapest matches for non-residents start at USD$105 for category 3 group match seats an go up to USD$1,100 for the best view in the final. There are category 4 tickets available to Russian residents that start at around $22. The Confederations Cup ticket sales end on 2nd July 2017, so it is expected that World Cup tickets will start becoming available soon after that in phases.
If you're after international football in the World Cup venues, the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017 tickets start at a more affordable USD$70 and are already on sale on the FIFA website.
Getting Russian Roubles can be a hassle so be sure to sort it in advance, as well as your travel VISA which you will likely need to get into the country.