Since 2010, Konstantin Chamilovich is the Stadium Director of the Lokomotiv Central Stadium.. In 2000, the Lokomotiv Stadium’s construction started and it was finished in 2002. The opening game was a match between Lokomotiv and Uralan on 5th July 2002.. Its facilities include a fitness centre, bowling club, directorate of managing with supporters and the administration offices. Konstantin Chamilovich kindly answered to our questions and wanted to share his knowledge with pleasure and is willing to keep learning and collaborating with ESSMA Members. Konstantin has led many improvement projects in the Lokomotiv Central Arena. He is also working to elevate the Lokomotiv Stadium pitch to the next level. We hope you will enjoy the interview.
Can you please introduce yourself to the ESSMA Community?
My name is Chamilovich Konstantin. I’m the Director of construction and maintenance department of FC “Lokomotiv”, Moscow. I have been in this function for the last 3 years. I have been working in the sports industry since 2003.
What are the main uses of the Lokomotiv Central Stadium?
The stadium was designed especially for being a football arena. The main user of this stadium is FC «Lokomotiv» (home arena). We also rent it to other Russian Premier League teams and the national team.
What are your main responsibilities in the Lokomotiv Central Stadium?
I’m personally involved in all projects the Club is running, such as rebuilding, supplying of engineering systems, technical supervision,pitch maintenance, development etc.
I’m responsible for all the infrastructure, maintenance and greenkeeping. The whole area which belongs to FC “Lokomotiv” is about 29 hectare, including the main arena (with a capacity of 28800 people), small arena (with a capacity of 10000 people), Ice hockey arena, football academy, hotel for youth players, tennis courts, parking, training pitches with natural and artificial grass, an indoor full-size training pitch and 2 training bases.
How many people do you employ?
- Permanent staff
- Staff during an event
- How is the Organizational Structure (Working areas).
We employ about 100 people, including various workers, drivers, engineering staff and greenkeepers, all taking part in maintenance of our whole territory. We outsourced the cleaning staff and a security company which provides us stewards during match days.
All working processes during the matches run from a central location inside the stadium. From this place the main administrators and the security staff supervise all the engineering systems, the CCTV cameras and access control systems (ticketing).
How do you increase fan engagement in the stadium?
Two departments inside the club are working on fan engagement. A special department is responsible for working directly with fans and the marketing department prepares special events before matches such as interviews with football players and other interactive activities.
Which of your achievements would you like to share with our members?
In the last 2 years, we have built a new 4-level parking building for 405 new places, introduced a paid entrance to stadium territory, put in place skyboxes, installed access control systems, and improved each one of our installations looking to become more attractive for spectators and fans.
How important is technology for the Lokomotiv Central Stadium? How do you apply technology?
We follow all new tendencies in the technology world, but we always keep mind the advantages regarding revenue.
What is your perspective about Stadium Management in Russia?
In anticipation of 2018 World Cup in Russia, the football industry attracts the attention of many people and authorities. In fact, the perspective is very promising.
What is your perspective about how stadium industry is working for FIFA World Cup 2018?
Unfortunately, the Lokomotiv arena won’t host any matches of 2018 World Cup due to the capacity and other reasons.
Which countries would you consider as the best practitioners in terms of Stadium Management?
In my opinion, Germany, the UK and Spain.
What are the biggest challenges for the Stadium Industry in Russia for the next years?
I think the main issue will be how Moscow will survive with only one stadium next year. The biggest challenge for the Lokomotiv arena will be to host 2 Premier League club matches.
Which current projects are you running on and would you like to share with our members?
We have got an ambitious plan to rebuild our pitch replacing all systems: draining, heating, irrigating and etc. If we’ve completed it successfully, we’ll share our experience with ESSMA.
Why is ESSMA useful for your organization?
It’s all about being informed. Thanks to my participation in the seminars organized by ESSMA, I’ve learned a lot about European experience, which I can apply in my job.
What could ESSMA do for your organization?
ESSMA usually runs all projects abroad (Europe and the rest the world) but not in Russia. We would also like to have workshops in Russia.
Are there any organizations such as ESSMA in Russia?
As far as I know, there aren’t any.
Who is your favourite football player? Which is your favourite stadium outside Russia?
I don’t have a favourite football player; they all damage the pitch and in Russian weather conditions it is so hard to keep the pitch playable (just kidding). I don’t have a specific preference among stadiums but I do fancy German stadiums.
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