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.
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