and between the host cities. The system worked well at the Confederations Cup, although there were lengthy queues to get into stadiums as Ids were scanned and bags checked.
Fan ID will deny supporters who want to drop everything and fly to the World Cup just to be part of the experience whether the make it into the ground or not, but it is also a positive in that it should help cut out the inflated reselling of tickets by touts.
In case of security, Russia will adopt a zero tolerance approach to fans intent on causing trouble in 2018, and the country’s determination to project a strong secure image was evident throughout the Confederations cup.
Large numbers of police patrolled the streets in each host city, and they were also deployed on Metro Trains, sometimes with dogs, and more often than not were armed. Armored riot police were a common sight outside stadiums on match days.
Supporters are left free to take photographs. Getting into Metro Stations and match stadiums was also a big security operation with airport style security,ID scans and bag searches. But Russia feels well prepared for the World Cup and ready to deal with the huge influx of overseas visitors.
In Moscow and St. Petersburg, well established Metro systems enable easy access to all match venues particularly in the case of Spartak Stadium, which is less than 100 yards from the recently