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The industries that make the World Cup possible



The World Cup has kicked off and all eyes are on the teams battling it out for football’s most prestigious trophy.

But less attention is paid to those industries that make such a globally renowned event a possibility.

Staging an international tournament is no easy feat, and requires the support of a wide range of industries to make it happen. 

From the fuel that enables fans to fly to Russia, to the construction industry that has built the stadiums, we take a closer look at the industries that make the World Cup possible….
The industries that make the World Cup happen.
Once you take a closer look, it’s surprising how much of a contribution engineering and technical industries make to the World Cup isn’t it? We wanted to dig a little deeper though… So, you can find more information below.
The Oil & Gas industry will literally power the world cup from start to finish.
Oil & Gas

The Oil & Gas industry will literally power the world cup from start to finish. Flying in teams, trainers, equipment, personnel and hundreds of thousands of fans will use aviation fuel which is derived from the Oil & Gas industry.

Providing the power for stadiums, and the televisions of fans tuning in will also use up energy. The last World Cup in 2014 used up enough energy to fuel almost every one of the 260 million cars and trucks in the United States for an entire day, or the equivalent of what 560,000 cars use in a year.

To put things into perspective, here are some other ways of looking at how much energy was used during the last World Cup:

  • Gasoline 306 million gallons.

  • OR

  • Oil 7.2 million barrels.

  • OR

  • Coal 2,925 million pounds.

  • OR

  • An entire day’s worth of Bakken crude would fuel only 7 of the 64 days of World Cup matches.

  • If the figures above are anything to go by, we should expect the 2018 World Cup to use a similar amount of energy- much of which comes from the Oil & Gas industry.
    Put it this way, the World Cup would look VERY DIFFERENT if the Oil & Gas industry wasn’t in operation.
    Modern day footballs, shirts, gloves and shin pads are all made from synthetic materials derived from the Petrochemical & Chemical industries.
    Petrochemical & Chemical

    From the ball on the pitch to the shirts on the players backs, the Petrochemical & Chemical industry plays an important role in making the World Cup happen.

    Modern day footballs, and other materials associated with the game (gloves, shinpads etc), are almost entirely made from synthetic materials. Football shirts for example typically include Polyester, Elastane, and Polyurethane, all of which are typical products of the Petrochemical & Chemical industry.
    Russia's Infrastructure & Construction industry has been working overtime to ensure that the nation's stadiums, roads and railways are ready in time for the World Cup.
    Infrastructure & Construction

    The Infrastructure & Construction industry is the one that has perhaps made the most visible and obvious contribution to this year’s World Cup.

    With more than one million people expected to visit Russia during the tournament, the country’s Infrastructure & Construction industry has been working overtime to ensure that the stadiums, roads, railways, and other parts of the nation’s public infrastructure are up to standard and able to deal with the influx of fans.

    In order to get ready for this building boom, Russian authorities opened a new steelworks plant in Chelyabinsk which has since provided the steel required to expand Russia’s host stadiums.

    The Fisht Olympic Stadium has utilised steel underpinnings along with other materials to give it a flexible format. Other stadia such as the Volgograd Arena have created a steel lattice to expand their capacity to over 45,000. Following the World Cup, the steel lattice will be removed, bringing capacity back down to 35,000.

    The transformable designs of these stadia are thanks to remarkable cutting-edge engineering and design concepts and are testament to the strength and skill of Russia’s Infrastructure & Construction industry.
    From the ubiquitous team coaches to the passenger cars that will be ferrying fans to stadiums across Russia, the Automotive industry will play an important role in making the World Cup a success.
    (Image via Wikipedia).


    From the ubiquitous team coaches to the passenger cars that will be ferrying fans to stadiums across Russia, the Automotive industry will play an important role in making the World Cup a success. Russia has unveiled a new electric driverless bus, which it intends to use to transport fans at the World Cup. The approximate cost of running the driverless bus will be 8.5 million rubles, however, the price will drop to 3.5 million rubles.

    Many automotive manufacturers are lending their support to the World Cup. Most notably, Kia and Hyundai will be supplying a fleet of vehicles to support FIFA’s operations during the course of the event. During the 2014 World Cup the two manufacturers supplied 1,432 vehicles for the use of officials.
    The rare earth elements provided by the mining industry will be essential to the proper functioning of electronic billboards and screens at the World Cup.
    Mining & Minerals

    Not only is the mining industry sponsoring the World Cup (Russian mining corporation Alrosa has signed up as a regional sponsor of the tournament), but the commodities that the mining industry produce also play an important part.

    The rare earth elements produced by the industry are commonly used in electronics (electronic billboards and screens for example). The mining industry also provides the raw materials that are used to produce much of the infrastructure that surrounds the stadiums.
    Smartwatches will be helping referees to keep track of games throughout the World Cup in Russia.

    Even the ICT industry is doing much to make the World Cup a reality. 

    Luxury watchmaker Hublot will be providing match referees with a dedicated luxury smart watch which comes pre-installed with Wear OS (formerly known as Android Wear). The watch will notify the wearer 15 minutes before every game kicks off, and will display stats as the game progresses. The watch dial will show the score, the number of cards, names of goal-scorers, player substitutions and the time left in the match.

    2018 also marks the first time that virtual reality will be used to transform the viewing experience. The BBC will be broadcasting the matches through a dedicated app for VR headsets or compatible smartphones. The VR experience will transport you to your very own VIP box in a Russian stadium where you’ll be able to watch the game from the best (virtual) seat in the stadium!
    Russia's network of nuclear power plants will be instrumental in 'keeping the lights on' during periods of peak demand.
    (Image via Wikipedia).

    Power, Nuclear & Renewables

    As well explained at the beginning of this article, the World Cup is a very energy-hungry event. So much so, that Russia’s new stadium facilities are hoping to reduce energy consumption by as much as 40% (compared to the energy consumption of other similar stadiums). 

    Russia’s network of nuclear power plants will also be instrumental in ‘keeping the lights’ on, particular during times of peak demand (for example when tens of thousands of fans are likely to turn on their televisions at the same time etc).

    In this era of heightened cyber security concerns, Russian authorities have also put in place special measures to protect the country’s power networks from disruption by hackers and other hostile agents.

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