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Why cities are becoming reluctant to host the World Cup and other big events

Riot police drill outside Saint Petersburg’s new soccer stadium ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

AP Photo/Dmitri LovetskyGetting ready to welcome millions of visitors – as Russia is now doing in Moscow, Sochi and other cities in advance of the 2018 World Cup soccer tournament – takes years of planning and lots of construction. It’s also expensive: Building 12 stadiums in 11 cities cost Russia an estimated US$11 billion.

When these big events are underway, they always seem worth the money and the trouble. Having worked at three World Expos, attended the Olympics twice and gone to a …read more

Source: The Conversation

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