‘The Bulls’ all set to hit the (bull’s) eye


Russia Krasnodar FC Krasnodar training ground Chetuk Image: Телеканал «Краснодар»

Sergey Galitsky, the Russian billionaire who is also the President of the Russian professional football club FC Krasnodar, is always full of novel ideas and he ensures that his ideas are translated into reality. His ideas revolve around improving the sports infrastructure.

He is presently working on a 7,000-seat stadium to be built inside the training center of FC Krasnodar which will be devoted to the youth and women teams as well as to the reserves (a list of injured players temporarily unable to play).

FC Krasnodar is a Russian professional football club based in Krasnodar (Russia) that plays in the Russian Premier League (the top division professional association football league in Russia). In May 2013, FC Krasnodar began the construction of the 35,074-seat Krasnodar Stadium which was opened on October 9th, 2016.

Man with a vision

‘StadiumDB.com’ reported that Galitsky does not cease to amaze. Neither does he call for pressers nor does he go for real-time virtual tours at construction sites. Nonetheless, he goes on providing premier facilities to the club from the Russian Premier League.

Galitsky went on to construct the most expensive (at over $300 million), privately-funded stadium in Russia – Krasnodar Stadium. The construction cost is high for a venue seating only 35,074. After delivering the most expensive private stadium ever to be built in Russia, Galitsky decided to invest in the new 7,000-seat stadium, where teams of ‘The Bulls’ of the first and second divisions, the youth team and the women’s team will play.

The Russian entrepreneur realized the fact that another facility was the need of the hour as the Krasnodar Stadium is always chock-a-block with activities.

Training center

‘StadiumDB.com’ further reported that the training ground of FC Krasnodar goes by the name Chetuk as it sits on the banks of the River Chetuk. It is housed in a location 10 km south from Krasnodar. During the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia, the training center served as the home of the Spanish national team. It comes armed with all necessary training infrastructure, five full-size natural grass pitches, and few small size grounds with different types of surface, including artificial turf, sand pitch or even tennis-ball grass field.

Chetuk is dedicated to the pick of players but perhaps more impressive is the mass training complex in Krasnodar proper. Once FC Krasnodar’s residence was built, it boasted 18 training fields beside it. Now that another part of the City is being transformed for training purposes, the number has grown to 24 and will reach 25 when the new secondary stadium will come up. It will go on to become the biggest inner-City football training complex. In total, FC Krasnodar has already covered 85 hectares (210 acres), of which over half is used strictly for training purposes.

Shrouded in secrecy

Not much is known about the new football arena. Galitsky does not go on a publicity blitzkrieg as regards his plans, and believes in doing his job silently and deliver results. The people of Krasnodar came to know about the 7,000-seat facility several months after construction began.

‘StadiumDB.com’ added that the under-construction facility will be able to hold a minimum of 3,000 spectators. It is being reported that the stadium will be named Krasnodar-2 (aimed at hosting the second team in professional leagues) and its maximum capacity will stand at 7,000. Work is on in full swing and the stands have been erected, and the first part of the roof is being raised to protect supporters from the vagaries of weather.

Galitsky’s love for the game has led to FC Krasnodar tasting success. The club has quite a few plumes to its beret – Russian Cup runner-up (2013-14), Occupying the Russian Premier League third slot three times (2013-14, 2018-19 and 2019-20), twice qualified for Round 16 of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Europa League (2016-17 and 2018-19).

Here is a man who has a lot of fire in his belly and under Galitsky’s stewardship, FC Krasnodar is sure to go places. For Galitsky is a person who knows his onions well.

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