Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko says 180 varying venues being specially built for the Russia 2018 World Cup are currently 80 percent ready to host the tournament next summer.

Mutko was speaking on a press tour of Russia’s World Cup host cities which did not hold games at this summer’s Confederations Cup.

A total 12 venues across 11 host cities will host games at next year’s centerpiece in the world football calendar.

st petersburg stadium

Kazan, St. Petersburg, Sochi and Moscow were the four cities chosen to hold Confed Cup matches over the summer and will also host World Cup games next year.

That meant Ekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Volgograd, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk and Kaliningrad were the remaining cities on display during the tour. Moscow was visited once again to view Luzhniki Stadium.

The capital has two designated venues to host World Cup matches – Luzhniki and Otkrytie Arena – the latter of which also hosted Confederations Cup matches, including Russia versus Portugal.